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It takes a little while, after I had my position changed I definitely felt weaker up climbs however it was worth it. It's not hard to justify the cost when you've injured yourself once already due to poor bike fit and you think about the future cost of physio and possibly surgery if you don't get it fixed...
Good luck! I've got a big thick speedplay adaptor plate under one of my cleats, so I can sympathise!
Given u have had such a big change, u would expect a bit more fine tuning after the settling period. I'm sure given time your position & stroke will start to feel natural!
I never saw Steve in person but we spoke over email, I used his methods to set myself up using my trainer and its been good ever seens, I noticed a lot more glute was being used in the position when before I was using a lot of thigh, its great.
If you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough.
My arches are absolutely killing me LOL
Steve said 3 weeks, and my wife reminded me that going to the Specialised Green arch support in my Shimmy MT42s was a similarly miserable transition so I'm going to stick with it. I'm trying to undo hundreds of hours of learnt motion so that's a reason to get over it....
What issues u having X?
Bad knees under heavy training
Serious back muscle strain under heavy load riding
Saddle pain equal to the first 50km spring cycle - done in boxers, standing on the pedals for relief, with no training to prepare, gosh that was a bad day on the bike LMAO
The positional decisions don't match up with my riding style at a rough guess. That is ok, it's a fit philosophy that does not seem to work for me, we'll check things and work on a solution next week.
Sounds like a few issues to work on! Give us an update on the tweak process, and later, the results.... Would be good to hear... Good luck getting comfy [THUMBS UP SIGN]
what changes were made to saddle bars? up/down/fwd/back?
I think saddle may have been dropped a bit, bars rolled forward a little. Perhaps saddle moved forward a bit as well? it was a more upright position, as is his preference. Major change was a phat shim under the right foot, which changes the game a lot.
Ok had my appointment a week ago, apparently the new bike wasn't set up according to expectations. Seat dropped 10mm and forward 3mm. Quite different. Feels like the seat is too low now but my bum isn't sore anymore. Big improvement there. I wasn't getting any pelvic roll before, so the whole position sucked. Anyways, time to readapt again see how I go. Will have to pursue a couple recommendations related off the bike if this is going to work I think. Picking up a foam roller to get moving forward. Pun much?
Who set up the new bike?!?!
I have a bit of experience with Steve Hogg, and have found him to be very very good. My teenage children have been racing and whatever we did we could not get my daughter comfortable on the bike (primarily soft tissue and lower back challenges). Steve performed a fit for her and fixed everything. She went from being in significant pain after 40 mins to being able to ride 2hr+ pain free. She has stopped growing so it was well worth it.
I had my son fitted on the same day simply because it's a long trip from us to Steve and he does juniors for half price I figured we would be able to get a baseline that would at least help me understand better how to maintain his fit as he grows. My son has been happy with the result, however a growth spurt that has sent him from a 54 to 56cm frame means I am working with Steve's pattern for now and will head back for a final fit once he settles down.
Finally, I had a back injury (l4/l5 bulging disc and localised muscle weakness) that was keeping me from doing any real work on the bike, after his success with my daughter I went to him about 8 weeks ago. Issues I had were:
- lower back pain on hills
- inability to ride for reasonable amounts of time (2 hrs)
- inability to ride with intensity for reasonable amounts of time without pain in my back.
- saddle pain
- occasional wrist soreness.
Steve helped me significantly, he showed me my left leg was significantly shorter than my right (25mm). The result for me was:
- lower seat
- cleat position back
- wider bars
- change stem
His effort has transformed me on the bike, I am able to spend 5+ hours riding with much improved intensity now. This month I have covered more than 800km and climbed 14000m without injury. I was struggling to complete 100km a week before. Obviously the fit has not changed my fitness but has given me the opportunity to address it without re-injuring my back. Also I don't seem to have problems with hot spots on the feet, saddle soreness or wrist/hand pain.
Steve is thorough, has a great understanding of what works (for me anyway) and is happy to work with you to get the best result. He has an interest in more than just cycling and can help with literature around improving your health in general.
I highly recommend Steve if you are uncomfortable on the bike. The results are great, supporting documentation is highly detailed and result guaranteed (if he can't help he will refund your money). The only thing is that you will spend about $1000 if you need a fit, insoles and some wedges. Throw in some more parts for your bike and it can get expensive. That said, after the positive experiences I have had, from here on in I would rather buy a cheaper bike and get a professional fit from an experienced well regarded fitter.
Just my 2 cents.
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