Custom Bike Fitting Works

I've just come back from an hour ride, doing some interval training on my new Specialized Roubaix. I'm delighted. Not only with the bike, which performs as well as I expected, but also with the utterly different and much more comfortable riding position yesterday's custom bike fitting session has achieved.

Take a look at the height of the saddle on my older Trek compared to the handlebars. (I've tried to straighten the pictures).

I'd pushed the saddle as far forward as it would go to compensate for the greater lean forward. This affected my leg position, so I'd raised the saddle (too high) to compensate. No wonder my back suffered after a long.

The custom fitted position on the new bike has the saddle at the correct height and a higher, shorter stem, with a smaller curve on the bars. The perspective on the two photos isn't quite the same, and on this one, the saddle is not higher than the bars. But they're closer than I'd expect.
It feels far more comfortable to me, and suited perhaps to someone my age who wants to tackle sportives but not races.

What will it be like on a ride longer than five hours? I'll hopefully find out at the weekend.


Anonymous said...

Interesting comments Simon. I appreciate its set up for you when you leave the shop, but if you take the saddle of to clean it, or move the seatpost to get the bike in the car, how do you ensure the bike get re-alligned to suit you again?

Simon said...

Thanks for the comment and question - I should have added this and will do another post about it.

There are two ways. Firstly, I'm given a laminated card with precise measurements so I could return my new bike to this set up, or indeed, adjust any bike with similar geometry.

Much more basically, I've put a dab of enamel paint on the saddle runners and seat post.

You're right, since the seat post is carbon fibre it has to be periodicaly removed to allow moisture to dry out or it will start to peel apart, like plywood left in the rain.