Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I got a bike fit!

I try not to complain about my financial situation in life. I have it a lot better than most people for sure. But with Rachelle in school, we're paying for two triathletes on one salary which means we have to pretty picky about where our triathlon dollars get spent. And because I want Rach to have everything she need to be successful and enjoy the sport, I've been willing to sacrifice my own needs, be a budget shopper, and skip out on some things, even some essentials.

But with my birthday coming up, a weekend to myself, and a lot of long bike rides coming up, I decided it was time to splurge a little and get a bike fit. I made an appointment for Friday night and it turned out that our teammate who works for the shop was the guy to do my fit. My seat was WAY too low, and was raised a t least 3 inches, and my pedals still aren't wide enough, even with some washers added to adjust the width. I'll need to switch to Speedplay at some point, but I wasn't ready to splurge THAT much ($200 for pedals, which is almost half what my bike cost).

I put the fit to a test on Saturday with a ride up the Minuteman trail, and between the new fit and increasing fitness, I took 10 minutes off the rolling time for the ride over a couple weeks ago, and 20 minutes off the stoppage time. Im really getting excited for the longer rides we'll be seeing this summer.

Now if someone could just make the weather cooperate.


  1. Congrats on the fit :) I hope you are riding happy

  2. I'm glad you got a fit. I can't imagine putting in the miles you did last year without one. I consider it an essential part of training and not a splurge at all.
    I'm sure you're going to enjoy riding even more now than before.

  3. Amazing the difference a bike fit makes, no? And I'll bet your knees are happier the seat is higher! :) Enjoy, and keep on pedalling!

  4. A good bike fit is the best money spent on the bike. You will see results this weekend on how your body feeling better