I’ve been racing my bike for a few years and have always adjusted my position every season. I thought my fit was close, or close enough. Getting my bike fit by a professional was always on the list of things to do, but I thought that the money, time and effort could be better spent on better gear and training. After talking to Chris for about five minutes, I knew I was really wrong. Fit is much more important. If you’re losing 15% of your power due to improper fit, your super sweet new wheel set that is claimed to save you 2% will do nothing but cost you $$$$.
The most impressive part of the fit wasn’t the technology in Chris’s fit-studio, (although he’s got the best technology available) it was his knowledge about riding bikes and how the human body works. Chris doesn’t use the technology to tell people where they should be on the bike, he uses it as one source of information to determine the fit. Most people think bike fitting is a “plug and play” process, especially with the new technology. A professional bike fitter must know that everyone has a different shape and that everyone has different goals on the bike. Sometimes injuries and medical problems are a factor when fitting a person to a bike. A computer program alone cannot factor all of these things. Chris does.
After I left the studio Chris called a few days later to see how the fit went and how the new position felt. He still had some ideas on improvement and some things we might try in the future. It was nice to know that Chris is always evaluating his riders even if they are not in the studio.
The only problem I have now is that I don’t want to ride a bike without having Chris fit me on it!