“Although I have been an avid cyclist for over a decade I have yet to receive a professional bike fitting. I have had a few amateur bike fittings by previous co-workers of mine but felt that each experience left something to be desired. That is why when my co-workers here at Sunset Cycles offered me the opportunity to receive a professional bike fitting I jumped at the chance.The bike fitting I would receive was going to be with Sunset Cycles newest employee John Forbes. Along with being an accomplished professional bike fitter, John has also competed at a high level in bicycle racing. From his own experience as a racer, he strongly feels that being properly fit to a bicycle allows him and others to ride at their fullest potential.
John utilizes two different types of fit systems: Wobble Naught and Specialized’s BG FIT. Since several of our employees are already familiar with the BG FIT system, John wanted to take the opportunity to show us how the Wobble Naught fit system works by performing a Wobble Naught fit on yours truly.John began my fitting by entering in an extensive amount of data regarding my physique. Besides the obvious data (like my height, weight, age, etc.), John plugged in many other measurements into the Wobble Naught software program. Measurements were taken from my shoulders, arms, spine, legs, and feet.
After entering in all of the data into the Wobble Naught software John determined that I was a perfect candidate for a bike fit because I was currently riding a road bicycle that did not fit me properly. John presented my co-workers and I with a laundry list of reasons that my bike did not fit me properly. First, my cleats were too far forward and misaligned. Second, my saddle was positioned too high and forward. Third, my handlebar was too narrow (40cm vs a 44cm) and angled down. Fourth, my stem was 10mm longer than it needed to be. Fifth, my shoe insoles were packed out and didn’t have a high enough arch for my foot.
At the end of the fitting John encouraged me to order in all of the necessary parts that would make my bike fit properly. Once the parts arrive and are installed I plan to take my road bike out for a spin to see how the fit works for me. The great thing is that John guarantees all of his fits and is willing to follow up with me (and all of his customers) to make sure I am happy with the end result. Stay tuned for an update regarding how my first ride goes after my new parts are installed.”If you have any fitting questions you can call the shop or e-mail John at John@sunsetcyclesnw.com. Also, stay tuned for a look at the revamped fitting program offered at the shop.
After years of failed New Years resolutions to get in shape, I have decided 2012 is going to be my year! For the next 5 months I’ll be riding all over Portland increasing my miles each week so that I can ride 100 miles in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 3rd. Team in Training (TNT) is an endurance training program in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal I share with this program is to raise money for research and patient support. Since 1988, there have been 540,000 participants who have raised over $1.2 billion!
Please support me by contributing to the cause. My goal is to raise $3600 by May 1st. No amount is too small and every donation is 100% tax deductable. 75% of the money I earn goes directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help save lives.
Donate directly online http://pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/ambbr12/sunsetcyclesashley
Looking to get out and enjoy the great weather we have in February? You should go out to the Worst Day of the Year Ride. It’s on February 12, 2012.
- 4,000 riders
- Gigantic costume contest
- Easy, short, flat route (with a Challenge Option)
- 3 rest stops with belly-warming treats
- Huge finish line scratch-made hot soup and fresh-from-the-oven bread (included)
- Finishes at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
(for a beer, perhaps)