It Fits

Racer Sportif had my Scott CR1 Pro ready for my fitting yesterday morning. We started by picking out a pair of Giro cycling shoes and adding cleats. Then I got on the bike and snapped myself in.ScottCR110

Well I snapped myself in on the fifth attempt and getting snapped out was a challenge but like all things bio-mechanical it will just take time to get better at this simple movement.

I won’t be taking the bike out on the road until I can do this with ease as I don’t need another fall. (Fell down the stairs two months ago and tore my supraspinatus muscle. Hurts like heck and stiffens up. Been doing physic and shouldn’t affect my riding too much.)ro_c_tea

If I’m lucky I might get out next week as it’s 1 degree C right now with snow in the Toronto forecast for later.

Back to the fitting as Frank Mizerski did the fitting starting with the saddle height and then saddle position as measured by the angle of my knee (usually around 40 degrees).

Everything felt pretty good and despite the stiffness in my right shoulder I thought we’d got the setup just about right but Frank was not satisfied with how I was seated.

I was rounding my back too much and not creating a pelvic tilt. Part of that was the soreness in my shoulder and I said to Frank to leave the setting if he thought it was just the shoulder injury that was creating my position but he wanted to shorten the distance of my reach to the handlebars.

A quick swap of the stem to a slightly shorter one and I immediately felt better. I could tell the weight distribution from my butt to my hands had neutralized a lot more.53a98ceb6d096

The original very narrow tires on the 700c wheels were swapped out for Continental Ultra Race 700X23c. These wider tires have about the same rolling resistance as the original tires but provide a much more comfortable ride.

And BTW don’t Google tire reviews as they’re all over the map. Some folks love the Continentals and others had issues right away. You can’t predict when you’re going to run over some debris and the weight and aggressiveness of the rider has a lot to do with how the tires perform. Besides if you don’t like the tires you have, replacements are relatively cheap.

After less than an hour of fitting we had the bike right and then Frank let me in on a little secret.LightSkewers_1024x1024

My wife, Marion, had dropped by the shop and bought a set of lights for the new bike. The Real Speed USB charger Skewer Lite System puts LED lights on your front and rear axles. Pretty cool and an really nice gesture of support from my wife who intends on getting a whole new man out of this riding bike thing 🙂

Before we were finished Frank fired off an email to a local guy who organizes group rides in the Oakville/Burlington area. By the time I got home I was invited to join a Grupetto ride of 30-40km (at 25-28 km/hr) likely to start in April.

Now I don’t know whether I can ride at 25-28 km/hr let alone keep it up for 30 to 40 km but I guess as soon as it warms up a little and the snow melts I’ll find out especially if I can get in and out of my cleated pedals.


Author: Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing and yoga. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

1 thought on “It Fits”

  1. When I started riding (before the knees blew out) Liz insisted I take the APRS handheld with me just so she would know where to send the paramedics if I did not come home on time…. Now that the knees have been replaced I am hoping to get back on the saddle this year… for casual rides at a slower pace…. the waistline will thank me for it…




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