Step 1 – Sign up for the crazy adventure called Ironman. Check.
Step 2 – Up Next. Get a professional bike fit.
Yesterday I headed over to Now Bikes in St. Paul to meet Bob, the bike fit guru and all around nice guy. Before work, I loaded up my pre-owned and loved Cervelo P2 into the truck and packed some bike shorts and bike shoes in my gym bag. I was really excited about the bike fit. I was anxious to learn about how I SHOULD be positioned on my bike verses how I was riding it for the last 2 years. At 10:45, I quickly changed into my bike gear and headed to my bike fit appointment. Let me just say, every time I have been in Now Bikes, they are friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Most of the time, I have a million questions and stand there trying to make a decision for a long time about something (even a water bottle cage). They are so kind and patiently answer my questions.
After giving Bob the low down on my bike; where I got it, how many hours I have been on it, etc, he took some measurements and adjusted the high tech bike fit machine to match the Cervelo. What was really evident quickly was that the Cervelo is too long for me. It’s the right size for my leg length but not for my short torso. So I was like Superman on my bike but not as fast as Superman. Ha! I explained to Bob that often my shoulders and lower back hurts while I am on my bike. He advised that I needed to be less laid out on the bike, my shoulders straight across, my upper arms straight down from my shoulders and my back is flat.
We moved the seat up and down, the handlebars up and down, back and forth till we got to a very comfortable spot. Then Bob blew my mind by bring my seat forward to be further over the pedals. All of the sudden it became easier to pedal as I was now using my glut and hamstring muscles in partnership with my quads. Woah, life changer!! What a difference!
So I left the Cervelo in the good hands of the bike gods at Now Bikes to get a makeover. A whole new cockpit will be installed in order to bring the bars in closer to my knees and widen out aero bars. A new seat (one that is made more for a female body) will be swapped out (CANNOT wait for that) as I will be sitting on that seat for many, many hours. And lastly, a new cassette and chain put on. About a week from now, I get to go pick the Cervelo back up. I will miss that old guy! Bob called the Cervelo “vintage”, a name I will lovingly adopt!