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Asking for a new fit

Old 10-17-13, 08:45 AM
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Asking for a new fit

Wanted to get other's opinion on this. I bought a new bike, Felt Z5, and had it fit at the beginning of the summer after plenty of riding. Since then I have gone back and forth with the LBS to tweak things here and there. However I got some nasty Achilles pain after a hot 60 mile ride with lots of climbing and it hasn't gone away despite several adjustments. Taking some time off the bike to fully recover but the whole thing has left me wondering how good a job the initial fit was. My question is, what's the etiquette to ask about doing a full fit over again?
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Old 10-17-13, 09:22 AM
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some bike shop fittings are very basic compared to what some call a "pro fit". The shop I go to is not nearly as in depth as one of the others that does the fittings that take hours. I know it may be more money but maybe you should look into getting a fit by someone who is really good at it. Sometimes the guy from the sales floor at the shop or the mechanic can "ball park" it, but not get everything right.
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Old 10-17-13, 09:33 AM
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How much did you pay for your "fit"?

Consider the advice of Sheldon: https://sheldonbrown.com/pain.html#achilles
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Old 10-17-13, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Netazah View Post
Wanted to get other's opinion on this. I bought a new bike, Felt Z5, and had it fit at the beginning of the summer after plenty of riding. Since then I have gone back and forth with the LBS to tweak things here and there. However I got some nasty Achilles pain after a hot 60 mile ride with lots of climbing and it hasn't gone away despite several adjustments. Taking some time off the bike to fully recover but the whole thing has left me wondering how good a job the initial fit was. My question is, what's the etiquette to ask about doing a full fit over again?
I would try things on my own rather than use the shop, unless they charged you a lot for the fit. A $400 fit ought to be worth a couple follow ups (if they're even necessary), a free fit is really to get you going.

Achilles pain will NOT go away until it's healed. Riding with tendon pain is not a great way of letting the tendon heal.

Finally adjustments done willy nilly won't get you into a solid position where your body is acclimated to the fit. You need to decide on something, make sure it's pain/injury free, then go from there. If it's pain/injury free then you can experiment. Back off when there's any kind of pain/injury that's not just muscles being used differently. Typically joint pain (knee, ankle, hips) is bad, muscle soreness is not.
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Old 10-17-13, 03:26 PM
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Thanks guys. The fit was supposed to be $150 but ended up not being charged thanks to a good relationship with the LBS. Carpe, totally agree about letting it heal completely. I stupidly pushed it to do my first century and now I'm paying the price.

I don't mean to badmouth the LBS. They did a good job and did exactly what you're talking about; come in and talk, make a small adjustment, go ride for a couple days, repeat. I just kindof want to start the whole thing over again just to make sure nothing was missed.
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Old 10-18-13, 05:57 PM
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Please keep in mind that even with a perfect fit, you can get assorted aches and pains if you push yourself to hard too quickly.
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