Bikefit/mechanic offer

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kittenkat    pirate
17/01/2013 at 18:55
M...eldy wrote (see)

There are plenty of people around, plenty of new people with the same questions and aspirations and some with new ones, there are old timers still around ...

Most of us here want the same for this community/forum/computer screen whatever it is, we need to go with the 'evolution' rather than fight it, look forwards and not backwards

Thats the best my foggy head can do at the moment

Agree with that on principal, but let's face it... All the old timers have left. People now see seren as established (no offence seren but...). Maybe it's natural migration but we can't deny that everyone just left here within a very short period of time and there must be a reason for it.

Doner Kebab    pirate
17/01/2013 at 18:57

i kind of agree Dave, i have messed with mine until i get it right(ish) and still make minor adjustments now. IM(worthless)O a bike fit is only as good as it is at the time it is done - if that makes sense. If i lose weight = i get lower, gain weight = raise bars. Aches and pains also make a difference to the ideal position.

 

AndyB99    pirate
17/01/2013 at 19:30
Doner Kebab wrote (see)

i kind of agree Dave, i have messed with mine until i get it right(ish) and still make minor adjustments now. IM(worthless)O a bike fit is only as good as it is at the time it is done - if that makes sense. If i lose weight = i get lower, gain weight = raise bars. Aches and pains also make a difference to the ideal position.

 

Mike will offer refits foc if you find in time that you need things changing.....sorry some of you thought it was spam but its not. its a genuine offer to pirates of which i will (well my charity) will benefit also.

 

seren nos    pirate
17/01/2013 at 20:17
kittenkat wrote (see)
M...eldy wrote (see)

There are plenty of people around, plenty of new people with the same questions and aspirations and some with new ones, there are old timers still around ...

Most of us here want the same for this community/forum/computer screen whatever it is, we need to go with the 'evolution' rather than fight it, look forwards and not backwards

Thats the best my foggy head can do at the moment

Agree with that on principal, but let's face it... All the old timers have left. People now see seren as established (no offence seren but...). Maybe it's natural migration but we can't deny that everyone just left here within a very short period of time and there must be a reason for it.

not sure how the forums or you have been around..........I've been active since 2005...........so feel like an old timer.and must be compared to some.......

I see loads of new faces on the forums.....and haven't noticed a mass migration...........these forums are very active at the moment

kittenkat    pirate
17/01/2013 at 20:29
kittenkat wrote (see)
seren nos wrote (see)

if you read the threads you posted on instead of skimming through you would have read the answer to your question a number of times............

And if you could be more articulate rather than making posts that are unreadable, we could move forward.

 

seren nos    pirate
17/01/2013 at 20:37

Sorry we aren't all as educated as you with degrees and teaching qualifications......but this is a running forum not an IQ one......

 I'm sure that those who matter can understand my poor attempts at English

 

17/01/2013 at 20:56
Guys, leave it.

Really, these discussions no longer help. They make it worse.
17/01/2013 at 21:00

Ignoring the debate.

I can confrim Bridgtown are a very nice and knowledgable lot and fitted my anceint road bike to me with the aid of some newer parts which they had in stock and didn't charge to fit either. I'm invited back for a free refit once I've done more miles in case anything need adjusting.

They're a good bunch and not just out to sell you a new bike.

Why have a fit for a bike you already have? Well I changed from toe clips to cleats which changed things somewhat, so seat height changed drastically and new handlebars and head set etc shortened the top distance for me,opened up my shoulders and stopped me locking my elbows and putting pressure on my wrists. Much more comfy now.

Oh and with new parts, shoes, etc. they suggested the cheapest options first which is a nice change!

 

M...eldy    pirate
17/01/2013 at 22:26

I've had my bike for a good few years and cant reccommend a bike fit highly enough ... a mainentance course would be next on my list for sure!

Doner Kebab    pirate
17/01/2013 at 23:28

i think the bike fit is more to do with the type of person you are. If you are inclined to read up on the technical side of the bike fit then you can suss it out yourself, where as if you are the kind of person to be baffled by the biomechanical side of things you will look at the various angles and recommendations and think - sod that, i'll let someone else work that out. No disrespect to bike fitters but bike fitting is something that can be learnt over a week course, i did a quick google search and found quite a few certificated courses are only 3 days so i see no reason why someone with the urge cant find out the basics and apply them.Seems obvious if you move from normal pedals to cleats that seat height adjustment will be needed and that if your shoulder/elbow/wrist isnt at around 90° when on the aero bars then you need either seat for/aft or stem length change.

just dont let Meldy near a set of spanners

17/01/2013 at 23:33
M...eldy wrote (see)

 

not sure how the forums or you have been around..........I've been active since 2005...........so feel like an old timer.and must be compared to some.......

I see loads of new faces on the forums.....and haven't noticed a mass migration...........these forums are very active at the moment

Meldy, you is well old girl!  

 

M...eldy    pirate
18/01/2013 at 00:10

Oi!   Watchit Donna!

Siggy, you haven't escaped my notice either  

seren nos    pirate
18/01/2013 at 08:09

I really need a bike maintenance course..............i really have a blind spot with it.........means that my chains always go rusty and i;m sure thats not good...........

AndyB99    pirate
18/01/2013 at 08:20

with the greatest respect donner you're wrong....not about learning in a few days...i'm sure somebody could sit you down and tell you to look at the knee tracking and if they are not going in a straight line thats not a good thing....but everybody is different...and nothing but experience can work these things out...and mike has a lifetime of that....he sits you down and asks everything about your ride...whats good and bad and patiently makes adjustments backwards and forwards for the whole day if needed...and if you have any pain while riding..you wont have any after this (you should be fatigued...he cant fix that )...i promise if you've not had this before you will benefit.....especially at this price.

and the mechanic course is brilliant...its not rocket science....but understanding where to start....and what to change and what to leave (especially with things like gears...or BBs) is the hardest part. i've now serviced mine and my wifes bike (she does IM too) and that would have cost me £100 plus parts...plus i've serviced my mates and charged him £20 plus the bits....so i'm in profit. 

and i i've said before....the bike fit is the best investment (triathlon wise) i've ever made

Edited: 18/01/2013 at 08:22
seren nos    pirate
18/01/2013 at 08:30

agree with the bike fit Andy.........well worth the pennies.......

MTRIumphant    pirate
18/01/2013 at 08:51

Bike fit, was never really convinced of the benefit, nto for me anyway, and where I end up in the reults table, just tweaked my road bike until I felt comfortable, and managed to achieve a position that got this, and could cycle all distances.

 

However, I decided to treat myself to a TT bike, and did a lot of research in what I wanted, geometry etc, and decided on a bike.  However, the bike could only be brought through dealers who included a bike fit, so popped along, and tried the bike, and within seconds of being on it, was told I wasn't suited to the bike.  I have 'runners' legs which are too long for the bike I was after (a Boardman TT), as it's too long for me.  So we tried a few other bikes, and ended up getting a Kuota, which incidently was £150 less than the Boardman, and once on it, it felt instantly more comfortable.

 

The bike is currently being built, and I'm back in a couple of weeks for a 2 - 3 hour bike fit.  At this time, all adjustments will be made in order to maximise comfort and power on the bike.  Any changes tha are required are included, and could involve steb, bars, aero bars, cranks and cleats.  At the end of it, I should have a bike that won't cause me any issues, other than fatigue, that should be comforatble, maximise my power (or lack of), and set up so I can run off of it as best I can.

 

Only time will tell if it's worth it, but investing a couple of grand in a bike, then the £90 for the fit (half price) seemed worthwhile.

MTRIumphant    pirate
18/01/2013 at 08:51

A mechanics course, well that's a different story, always meant to go on one, but never have, no idea how to adjust gears etc, so just turn up, and race with my fingers crossed

AndyB99    pirate
18/01/2013 at 11:39

well here you are gary...i know its a bit of a trek for you but you know we all swear its worth the effort...it really is

18/01/2013 at 11:59

It's definitely harder to get a good position on a TT bike than a road bike and I'd probably say for a novice (to TT bikes) it's worth it but let's not overstate the case - it's perfectly possible for people to set their own bikes up as well as or sometimes better than a professional bike fitter.    

As far as mechanics courses go - again if you want to learn yourself you can - if you want to be taught you can go that route.   

It's a bit like people saying you need a coach - you don't - a coach just  makes things easy for you but there's nothing they'll tell you you couldn't figure out yourself.   


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