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Bike Fit

The company I work for (VOXIT – IT for businesses) have recently moved and by chance on the same site, there are two custom bike shops: Lios (a portmanteau of the owner’s children’s names) and Comtat (pronounced Com ta, it’s French you know).

Both of these offer bike fitting and while I’ve never really felt the need for bike fitting and perhaps a little cynical of paying for a service to fit you into a preprescribed range of mesaurements,  but it felt churlish not to take advantage of their services given their proximity.

I chose Comtat, mainly because Comtat were in, and popped over to see Adam with my bike and kit.

Firstly Adam, a nice bearded chap, suffering the 1st world problems of not being able to find a good coffee or haircut in Lee-on-the-Solent since moving from London (I suggested Laneway Coffee in Lee for local coffee and The Library in Southsea for a trim**), tested my flexibilty. Then he stuck sticky dots to my hirstute appendages and filmed me.

There was a fairly odd moment when a man I barely knew, completely unexpectedly, pulled up my sock: This may not sound like much but if you have dressed yourselves for the past 30 years, to have a veritable stranger adjust your clothing (like your mum might before school) was quite odd. He then licked his finger and cleaned some dried bean sauce off my cheek*.

Inbetween the adjustments I was back on the turbo with my bike and the Retül sensors to see how it had effected my position. While on the turbo I spied Adam’s certificate to show he’d been to the Retül University. To type ü on a PC hold down the Alt key and type 0252, if you’re using a Mac, don’t.

At the end, a beeping scanner thing was used to take measurements of the bike and these were used to populate a report on the fitting that Adam subsequently emailed to me.

The long and short of it was that my stem has been lowered by 25mm and my saddle moved forward and up by 20mm and 30mm respectively. I was also advised not to sit so far back on the saddle and to try and keep my feet more horizontal when pedalling.

The result seems quite positive, I can stay happily on the hoods as before I felt a little stretched and kept wanting to return to the tops.

As an aside, Adam weighed my bike, it is 12.5kg (with all its gumpf on).

I’ll update this post once I’ve given it a good few hundred miles.

*this didn’t happen.

**I would now also recommed the Barbership

 

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