The guys at BikeFit.com do a great job using infographics to communicate the process of proper bicycle fit. Today they sent out these images and I wanted to share them with you. Each details the multiple points of adjustment that can be used to ensure a comfortable setup.
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Adjustable points of contact on a bicycle.
5 points of cleat adjustments
3 points of saddle adjustments
Having been through a three hour, professional fitting like what BikeFit.com offers - I have experienced how many of these adjustments are effected by others... i.e. saddle fore/aft affects height and reach to the bars, cleat position can require a change in saddle position, etc...
A comprehensive fitting is really important for someone who is riding thousands of miles a year and/or is super concerned about efficiency = getting the maximum amount of power to the road.
So how detailed should you be with a new participant? After setting up people for over 15 years, it's my view that you just need to get them close and feeling comfortable. You obviously don't have 3 hours and with the exception of the Keiser M3, the adjustments on Indoor Cycles are too coarse to really fine tune a person anyway.
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