I was out this morning on the road bike and dropped into a local-ish bike shop to ask about booking a bike fit. It was mid-ride and more of an enquiry really but I’d had a twinge in my right knee for a couple of days now and thought why not.
I built my own bike as I do all of them and fit myself by feel and by eye really. I’ve seen all the videos out there and read all the articles but I’ve never hung a plumb line off my knee, I just go by how it feels, keeping the rules in mind.
Back to the shop.
To cut a long question short, is it normal* for a full bike fit to last no more than 10 minutes and to be conducted by a bloke crouched at your side holding onto your seat post whilst you wobble side to side; not once stepping back to look at you, not once asking you if there were any injuries or specific discomforts etc, not once watching you pedal. Oh yeah, and no cleat adjustment, no saddle adjustment in any direction, no hood adjustment or bars etc...
You get the idea.
By normal I mean right, proper, the done thing.
It cost £25. Did I get what I pay for or should it have been more thorough?
The shop in question is the hub for a big local club. It’s not a tiny little family leisure type place if you know what I mean.