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  • Eat More Lard

    Find yourself an experienced riding partner, set yourself up on a trainer and get them to set you up “about right”. Then get out there are ride and adjust until happy. Save yourself the $300 plus the cost of a SMP saddle. Oh, and do some regular yoga and/or stretching!

    • Olive Oil

      Take the above with a double serving of bacon fried in butter.

  • Shiffon

    I saw big benefits to my riding after a bike fit, namely looking after injury-prone knees due to dodgy hamstrings and wonky hips! But, that being said, it was also at a time when I was doing huge amounts of cycling. If you’re just out a few times a week, a full bike fit and assessment probably isn’t strictly necessary, but for anyone lining up for a Peaks Challenge or the like, I would definitely recommend it. It should also be remembered that a bike fit won’t fix your weak spots e.g. said wonky hips! Pilates and strength work on my problem areas is a life long exercise now; the bike fit just puts those muscles under less unnatural and unnecessary strain.

  • roblynn

    I’ve been in the industry on and off for sometime and had a number of “fits” done. Now full disclosure I’m a TFM customer but there are a number of reasons for this one of which is the attention to detail that came out of my fit with Ben. There were a number of small physiological matters that needed to be addressed and the biggest noted improvement was comfort and and cheeky little increase in power output due to the fit allowing me to recruit more muscles.

    The idea that a close enough approach doesn’t sit well with me or a lot of cyclists for that matter as build and body type, flexibility and existing injuries (or poor fit form habits) contribute to bad position. Hand on heart after 5 different fits and approaches this set up has worked a treat. Regardless of who does it and where I strongly suggest getting a professional for and soak up the experience from the professional fitting you it will change the way you ride.


    I agree with the whole bike fit systems. I know plenty of good riders who tried to get my setup right but I could never overcome my knee issues. I then had a bike fit which fixed my knee and now saves me $80 a week in massages and allows me to ride 350ks a week. 

  • Ben Douglas

    A great article by Simone, I found the perspective from the client really informative.
    If anyone has questions on bike fit, technique tips, pedal stroke efficiency/muscle activation or overuse injuries then please shoot me an email (bdouglas@freedommachine.com.au).
    We can also do specific setup reports on a number of the major brands from our frame geometry database.

  • Andy B

    Ive been through the Professional Bike fit (retul) system after years of riding on an initial bike shop fit with minor adjustments made myself
    At first it seemed like a lot of money and ultimately the adjustments to my setup were very minor
    but that minor fix has helped a lot with my knee pain issues along with advice from the fitter about certain exercises and stretching to do to assist
    so I guess im torn.. in one sense I spent a few hundred to adjust my setup minimal amounts.. but ultimately that adjustment has helped me a lot and made me a lot more comfortable
    I can’t think of a bike part for the same money that would give me that improvement so I guess in the end it was worth it and probably something I should have done years ago


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