The shop where I do all my bike fits, Revolution Bike Shop in Solana Beach, is located on one of the most well traveled coastal cycling roads in all of Southern California, Highway 101. I also have a home directly on one of the region's most popular road biking routes known as the Elfin Forest Loop. The bottom line is that I get to see a lot of cyclists each year. Thousands. Based on access to viewing these large numbers of roadies and my experience as a bike fitter, I’ve narrowed down the most common bike fitting issues to the following five:
1. Poor Leg Alignment
2. A saddle that is too high or too low
3. Poor cleat position
4. A saddle that is tilted downwards
5. Excessive reach to the handlebars
I’ll be examining the first two of these issues in this article.
Every cyclist should have some of their key bike measurements recorded. Without this information it's going to be difficult to get your position dialed in should any of the following apply:
Eric Bowen, the owner of VeloFitter, is the author of all articles.