I did my first century of the year Saturday. Went pretty well, but I'm having a little knee pain. As I'm on a new bike, I'm going to break down and get a professional fit. I did this before on another bike with good results. Anybody else have opinions, experiences with extensive fit on their bike?
A little knee pain could be from many factors, so I wouldn't jump to spending money on a fit until you rule out other common issues. Did you have some long rides leading up to this? I know if I went out for 100 miles tomorrow, I wouldn't be feeling so good, because I haven't been over 30 since it started getting snowy late in the fall. Early season rides tend to get people pushing a lot harder than regular too. I'd recommend focusing a little on cadence and keeping a fairly constant effort, and that might help. If you have SPDs, you should also check to make sure they haven't rotated, because that is potentially not even noticed except after long rides like this. Even in the height of cycling season, knee pain happens and there isn't always a good explanation though.
Like Andy, I'd check to make sure other items were "correct" (or as correct as I thought they used to be) before I shelled out the cash, such as ensuring my cleats had not moved from where I used to have them positioned, etc. That being said, if you can get a retul fit (around here the top of the line retul fit is ~$300), I would said it is definitely worth the money. I have only had some mid range bike fits (~$125?) with basic FIST methodology done (which to me is great if it's done by a knowledgeable individual), and have had quality results on my tri, road, and cross setups. I have some friends who like to TT and they have used retul fits to gain quite a bit of aerodynamic advantage on their 40k times.
I road and tried to fit my own bike for a year and a half. Things felt ok though I'd be sore after a ride and just attributed it to the riding. Though after that time I happened to get a great chance to get a professional fit. Immediately after I felt a big difference. Riding was more comfortable (and efficient!) and I felt better after riding.
A saddle handlebar fit around here costs just $45. Feel the shop out though. Some are just in it to sell. Some are in it for a ride experience. You may just need a little fine tuning. I had IT Band/knee issues. With a small saddle and handle movement it was great. The $250 and up fits are available. I do ride centuries.
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