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2020-01-09 10:39 PM


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Subject: Bike Fit, $200?

Today I paid $200 for a bike fit - my biggest hope was to conclude the rehab period for a right hip adductor muscle strain.  The strain occurred from running back in September.  I quickly came to realize that any cycling exacerbated the injured area.   But with rest and pertinent exercises I was able to run foot-races again in November and even set a PR.  Since cycling was not productive rehab training - I basically quit cycling in October so that I could rehab for running.  In December I started easing back into cycling via spinning and starting with very light workouts and progressing slowly - it seems to be working but improvement is very, very slow.

Then 2 weeks ago my PT told me that a bike fit can be crucial for my situation since I've been using a new bike for the last few months that was never fitted to me.

Unfortunately, today's fit only resulted in adding new shoe insoles with shims and the recommendation that I swap out my 143 mm wide saddle for a 130 mm wide saddle.  But in checking Specialized's catalog, the most narrow saddle they sell now is the 143 mm one.

Could it be that my hip adductor is being agitated by a too-wide seat?  If so, where might I find a narrow seat that will work?  My bike is an 2019 Allez Sprint Comp. 56.  TIA.



2020-01-10 10:43 AM
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Did your bike fitter actually test you on a 130mm saddle? A good bike fit usually includes swapping pieces out to get a visual and feel of the effect the change will have. I did a quick google search and found a bike fizik that seems to measure 130mm.

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/us/en/fizik-arione-k-ium-...

Hopefully your bike fitter will let you come back in for minor adjustments once you make the recommended changes.
2020-01-10 11:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Fit, $200?

a bike fizik that seems to measure 130mm.

Thank you.  I'm thinking I will buy the fizek per ur link but I don't see how/where the size is specified in the ordering process.  Do u suppose that a too wide seat could aggravate a mostly-rehab'ed hip adductor?  (I say "mostly" because it is no longer an issue in my 5-mile run)

2020-01-10 11:27 AM
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Hey, the size is listed in the description tab on the link I posted. It’s down towards the bottom when I view it on the mobile version of the website.

I could see a saddle being too wide causing issues. Your adductor muscles are responsible for bringing your legs towards the midline of your body. If your saddle is too wide and constantly pushing your legs into abduction, your adductors are constantly having to work too hard to keep your legs at an appropriate angle.

If you currently have a split nose saddle, you can try zip tying the nose of the saddle together and they will close the gap some. If it’s a standard saddle, your best bet is to order a new one or better yet, call your local bike shop. Most have a test saddle you can borrow. They may have a 130mm if you’re lucky!
2020-01-10 11:37 AM
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I forgot to ask - How do I know if the Fizik seat will fit on my bike?  (Specialized Allez Sprint Comp 56)

2020-01-10 3:40 PM
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I would think that the seat post on your bike would accommodate a narrower saddle. The rails may actually be the same distance apart. Your bike fitter would likely know the answer.


2020-01-13 6:09 AM
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I struggled with adductor problems, mostly on the run

For me, and we are all different, they were caused by a strength weakness. A PT can determine this by testing your strength with different motions. He gave me a bunch of exercises to build adductor strength.

When struggling with the adductor problems I was more sensitive to seat height. I have a tendency to ride with my seat slightly high. Lowering it did help a bit.
2020-01-15 6:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Fit, $200?
Originally posted by lombardi3g

I forgot to ask - How do I know if the Fizik seat will fit on my bike?  (Specialized Allez Sprint Comp 56)




Like others above have said, your bike fitter can tell you right away. In general, the width and diameter of the rails on saddles are industry standard and most saddles will fit as expected on most seat posts. For $200, your bike fitter should swap out the saddle for you, even if you didn't buy it from them.
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