a Bri Gaal's Blog: Bike Fit

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bike Fit

The other day I got fit on my bike for the first time. I know this is bad – you should get fit on your bike as soon as possible after buying it, but for some reason I never got around to it. Marty is pretty good at eyeballing the fit and he seemed to think mine was pretty good. Not that I didn’t believe him, but I wanted the whole shebang – the plum drop swinging from my knee, the protractor ruler thing measuring the angles, my q-factor…you know everything that I know nothing about. Plus, I had just put a new seat on my bike and wanted to make sure everything was good. I broke down and got the funny looking adamo and it seems to have a lot of hope. I’m giving it a good trial period but so far I think it may turn out to be the best one yet. I did have to zip tie the nose a bit since it was pretty wide, and I have since learned that this little technique has been common in a lot of women who use this saddle.

So, back to the bike fit. I was getting all star service and Mike Beaman himself was on hand to do all the fancy things. And as it turned out, my fit was really good from the beginning (hrmph, Marty IS good). He ended up dropping me down two spacers though, which seems like an awful lot and I think I may put one back in there for a bit until I get used to it. I have a longer than normal torso and getting aero is more difficult than on most people (and also causes a lot of my shirts to become belly shirts when they shouldn't be). He even said that my cleat placement was spot on which is so dumb luck. Whenever my cleats wear out I just put the new ones on where I think they should be and screw them down. Do people really measure this stuff every time?

I asked him if now I’ll have all sorts of crazy power, but he just laughed and said probably not since he didn’t really have to change much. Dang it :)

Tomorrow we’re heading into Asheville since we’re racing Lake Logan on Saturday morning. You don’t have to worry about Marty skipping this one. I’m looking forward to the race and feel like I’m in better shape than I was at the Triangle Triathlon. My training the past couple of weeks has been going well, but I do wish I had another few weeks under me. I’m not so sure how my endurance will hold out over an Olympic distance race, but I’m going to do my best. I’m also looking forward to meeting blogging buddy Ashley Long – isn’t it fun to go to races and finally meet people you feel like you’ve known for months?


At July 31, 2008 9:17 PM , Blogger tribeaner said...

The Adamo seat may look funny, but it's been a life-saver for me! Not to mention the fact that it has that nifty little transition hook on the back!!

At August 1, 2008 8:21 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Good luck this weekend Bri!

At August 1, 2008 9:50 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

Yes, yes... I can't wait to meet you! Soon Marty will know I'm a real, live friend ;)

At August 1, 2008 12:44 PM , Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

Good luck at your race and I hope the Adamo works for you. Scott has this seat and is a huge fan.

At August 1, 2008 1:52 PM , Blogger Little Lion said...

have fun in the SMOKEY mountains... you know I have to make fun of you for calling it the Blue Ridge Mountains right?? it's a beautiful area, you'll have a good race I'm sure.


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