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What is considered the most accurate/successful fit system?(5 posts)

What is considered the most accurate/successful fit system?sjomi
Oct 23, 2002 6:47 PM
I have been getting so much info from the Internet, my LBS, friends on what is the proper bike size for me. I am slowly looking for a new bike but I am not even sure that my current bike is 100% correct.

I have performed procedure. Read everything from this site's Idiot guide to fit to peterwhitecycles to rivendell, etc.

I am willing to pay to be hooked up to a machine if it means it will be correct. Even then I have seen a few different machines in stores and what is a good test to know if the operator actually knows how to use it.

As I test ride bikes I just can't tell what is right anymore and now I even wonder about my current bike.

What method can I use and be confident in the purchase that I will get a bike that should 99% be successful in the end??
re: What is considered the most accurate/successful fit system?gtx
Oct 23, 2002 7:06 PM
I think your current bike should be a pretty good resource. That and a knowledgeable LBS employee. But if you're still not sure you could try the Serotta size cycle. Or put yourself in the hands of a good custom framebuilder. None of these things is guaranteed, though. Honestly, though, I think inseam x .67 (for c-t size) still works for most people.
re: What is considered the most accurate/successful fit system?Inhighgear
Oct 24, 2002 4:15 AM
Test ride with your body!!!
re: What is considered the most accurate/successful fit system?Mariowannabe
Oct 24, 2002 8:36 AM
If you are willing to pay, find a good shop (where the racers and serious roadies hangout) with a Serotta or similar fit machine, make an appointment, and do it. As they say, "fit is everything".
Serotta or not, rememberFez
Oct 24, 2002 9:26 AM
that your fitting is only as good as the man in the shop who is doing it. I have been to an LBS where the Serotta trainied fit specialist thought he knew his stuff, but couldn't measure worth sh!t. He made mistakes everywhere, including the saddle fore/aft KOPS measurement, which threw off the stem length and a bunch of other factors. The customer just paid the measurement fee and walked away, rather than trying to convince the fitter he was wrong. He purchased his new bicycle elsewhere.

Imagine if you order a custom bike based on those incorrect specs?

People will debate whether a custom fit is better than an off the rack fit, but one thing is certain: the fitting is the most important thing when ordering a custom bike.