When I’m out riding I often notice other people on bikes who look awkward and uncomfortable because they don’t have the proper bike fit. Remember, fit is about more than saddle height. There are a number of other aspects that are just as important.
For example, a good fitter will want to know about how and what you ride and will aim to get you in the right position to match your style. Saddle height is indeed important, but there’s also the fore and aft position of the saddle, the alignment of your cleats on the shoes, different lengths of stems and different types of bars that will give you the most efficient and comfortable ride, etc.
Here in the Bay Area, fit is extra important because we have a wide variety of terrain and you need to be comfortable when something new is thrown at you. At the shop we’ve come up with a Bay Area position that we can tweak according to your needs.
I understand that paying for a fit feels like an extra cost, but it’s the best investment you can make after your bike. Most shops will offer some sort of “fit” with the purchase but this usually just involves a quickk saddle adjustment. At my shop we work with the customer to get them the right bike and offer a full fit with the purchase. That’s how much I believe in the need for proper position.
Next time you’re out riding and there’s something that bugs you when you pedal or hurts when you’re done, that’s a sign that you need a fit. Get it done. You’ll thank me.