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  • “[B]ike-fitting … has trickled up to the Pro ranks from the average rider, rather than down from them.”

    As a bunch we do have a rather paradoxical attitude to innovation. We lust after the latest bling. And yet at the same time we’re quite resistant to anything the least bit revolutionary. The desire to look fast seems to apply no less to the pros than any other group.

    Now that it’s increasingly possible to measure actual rather than perceived differences that riders might become more comfortable with things like decreasing their bar drop, rotating their levers higher up on the bars, or – shock horror – choosing the ‘comfort’ frame rather than the full-blown ‘race’ model, like Cancellara does now with the Domane. 

    • Stushopper

       Cancellera’s domane is not the same geometry as the stock domane – he has a custom one.

      • Pete Knight

        Believe it or not I saw Andy Pruitt in 1991 about my knee while on holidays in the USA. I’d had my 3rd operation on the same knee and made an appointment when I was in Boulder, Colorado because of his reputation. Anyway, the short story is he couldn’t help but was extremely honest and straight forward and did give me some great advice. Just a shame it was 12 or so years before I started riding.  

    • Nice one Byke.

    • Winkyintheuk

      I would say that we are already seeing this en-masse. I see a bunch of very high positions and levers pointing towards the sky. Not to mention the extraordinary number of “comfort” frames. The revolution is here. And it is ugly.

      • Tim

        So, people’s comfort is ugly?
        I would much rather ride a BMC GF/Specialized Roubaix/Bianchi Infinito etc – all bigger head tubes – and look like a kook, and be totally comfortable across 200km, than be super-rad with race geo that might not suit me.

        I prefer Ultegra hoods in a nice neutral position too.

  • Washingtoncyclisme

    Great article. I got the chance to meet Dr Pruitt and
    Scott Holz, and their ideas and philosophies on Bike Fit have re-inforced the training I already have already had on
    BodyGeometry Bike Fit.
    Good work.

  • Hubbard

    Top article. Very interesting! 

  • Timo

    Bike Fitting is generally crazy expensive. The initial fit might be “only” $300 but there is a good chance you’ll walk out with a combination of new shoes, saddle, stem, bars, pedals or a even a frame. Since you go there to fix whatever issue you have you feel obligated to do whatever is necessary which often translates into the enterprising fitter selling you new things. The real cost is in bike fitters taking advantage of the massive upsell opportunity.

    • Devro

      I had a bike fit with total rush in Melb, and found the opposite Timo- I walked out with new saddle and insoles for my existing (cheap) shoes- despite discussing new shoes etc.  
      I figure that part of the reason the bike doesn’t ‘fit’ is because the geometry needs changing… hard to do sometimes without different sized parts.  
      But i see your point about *some* unscrupulous salesmen just selling gear for the sake of it.

  • acid

    I have Andy Pruitt book called “Medical Guide for Cyclists”. Excellent book, IMO. I think its still in print.
    Re bike-bitting, I kept injuring myself for too long – so I spent money being fitted by Steve Hogg in Sydney a few years ago.
    Yes, it did cost quite a bit, all up, including new pedals, shims, wedges, insoles, etc.
    But, so far, so very good. 8^)

  • Rusteypipes

    great to see you caught up with him 

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