What an amazing experience I had getting a professional bike fit Saturday! I wish that I would have done this sooner!
I went to B&L Bicycle in Pullman. The Level 2 Fitting is pressure mapping, range of motion and strength testing, as well as the actual fit. It was really interesting to see all the data and work out the kinks while I was there!
Brice, the owner, starts with a full interview, getting your measurements, your bikes pre-fit measurements, and your history/injuries. Then he does a series of tests to check out your strength, flexibility and range of motion. The test bike is then set to your bikes starting point, you hop on and start pedaling. As Brice does motion capture (video) of you from four different angles, to see all sides, he also does pressure mapping. Pressure mapping shows where the pressure is in your body. Brice then made adjustments to the test bike, to get better power output and less pressure. At each change, you start again, pedaling comfortably and then pedaling all out, then adjusting again. When you reach your ideal output and least amount of pressure, you hop off the test bike and Brice moves those changes over to your actual bike. Amazing!!! The evaluation is of 8 categories and 65+ individual measurements! The fit took just over 5 hours total!!! You have a follow-up after 30 days to make sure that you are still happy with the fit as your body gets used to the changes. And all Fits & Analysis have 120 day guarantee. Shortly after the test, Brice emails you all of your results. While the cost may seems steep, it is soooo worth the data you get back, the comfort of your bike after the fit and the attentiveness that you receive throughout the test.
Such an amazing experience!