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Due to some back pain, I've been thinking about getting my bike professionally fitted for me. Anyone have suggestions on a local bike shop that is expert at this? And how much do they charge? By local, I mean Santa Clara County. Also, I imagine many are expert with the men fits but maybe less so with women. I'm looking for a shop that knows how to finesse the cockpit set up for a female. What a great line that is. But seriously, any recommendations?

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The Law said:
Due to some back pain, I've been thinking about getting my bike professionally fitted for me. Anyone have suggestions on a local bike shop that is expert at this? And how much do they charge? By local, I mean Santa Clara County. Also, I imagine many are expert with the men fits but maybe less so with women. I'm looking for a shop that knows how to finesse the cockpit set up for a female. What a great line that is. But seriously, any recommendations?

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Talk to Bernie Mikkelson. He has a rideable rig designed to build custom bikes - may be beneficial to you...
 

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Ill second passiontrailbikes, did ya get all the mud off you and your bike. :D
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Took a long time to get my bike clean. Longer than the ride, I believe. Well worth it though!
 

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Took a long time to get my bike clean. Longer than the ride, I believe. Well worth it though!
Yeah me too, I was glad I didnt have to bathe Sassy, I was running late for the Sharks game because the bike took so long. But it was worth it.
 

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Yeah me too, I was glad I didnt have to bathe Sassy, I was running late for the Sharks game because the bike took so long. But it was worth it.
show you both how to clean and lube in an hour. I no longer clean longer than the ride. Lot's of practice I have had.
 

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The Law said:
Due to some back pain, I've been thinking about getting my bike professionally fitted for me. Anyone have suggestions on a local bike shop that is expert at this? And how much do they charge? By local, I mean Santa Clara County. Also, I imagine many are expert with the men fits but maybe less so with women. I'm looking for a shop that knows how to finesse the cockpit set up for a female. What a great line that is. But seriously, any recommendations?

Thanks!
Is it lower back pain? If so, one quick fix is to move your saddle forward a bit (1/4 inch or so) and lower it (also 1/4" or so), and perhaps even swap for a shorter stem (try 10-20mm less than what you have now) and/or get one with more rise (i.e. 15 degrees instead of 5).

I get back pain pretty easily also, and I found I have to run my saddled quite far forward and I have 90mm or 100mm stems on all my bikes, which is quite short also, especially for my height. It's done wonders for the back, since I'm much less hunched over on the bike.
 

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Come On!

Get fitted and lets all go for a ride somewhere? Already…. It is Wednesday and I do not see much of any thing? ( pouting )

Post something ???? I am fining for a ride bad. It is in the Power of the Law.
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Bernie M - Good fitter, but he can be a bit hard to communicate with times. With that said, he built my road bike and I love it. His bikes are well built and affordable, so be careful when you go in there! (does anyone else on these forums have one?)

I second Passion Trail bikes because Charles is awesome and very patient.
 

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The Law said:
Due to some back pain, I've been thinking about getting my bike professionally fitted for me. Anyone have suggestions on a local bike shop that is expert at this? And how much do they charge? By local, I mean Santa Clara County. Also, I imagine many are expert with the men fits but maybe less so with women. I'm looking for a shop that knows how to finesse the cockpit set up for a female. What a great line that is. But seriously, any recommendations?

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I'm not sure how to spell his last name. I think it his name is spelled Curtis Bramlett but I could be wrong. He gave a couple demonstrations at Almaden Cycling Club meetings. My girlfriend signed up for a few sessions and was pretty satisfied with the results. Actually he told her that George Slough had set her up on her Calfee about as good as can be. He gave her some specicific exercises and she seems to have much less pain than before seeing Curtis.
I fit my bikes using the formulas in Ned Overend's book and they seem to be about right for me.
I will ask her for his name and number and post it as soon as I can.
 

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lame web site though. I clicked on every link on the home page trying to find out where the hell the shop was located, before I saw the small "info" button.
the shop/website is still in the process of being built.
 

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Hail Bernie

I loved my Mikkelsen road bike. Bright Yellow, 853 os with the sexiest double-tapered stays ever. I loved it and I sold it in a moment of (financial) weakness to a guy from SF who was doing a team in training century.

I would buy it back. Anyone know where it is?
 

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I'm not sure how to spell his last name. I think it his name is spelled Curtis Bramlett but I could be wrong. He gave a couple demonstrations at Almaden Cycling Club meetings. My girlfriend signed up for a few sessions and was pretty satisfied with the results. Actually he told her that George Slough had set her up on her Calfee about as good as can be. He gave her some specicific exercises and she seems to have much less pain than before seeing Curtis.
I fit my bikes using the formulas in Ned Overend's book and they seem to be about right for me.
I will ask her for his name and number and post it as soon as I can.
Here is the link to the website for Curtis...http://www.revolutionsinfitness.com/
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your back pain. It sucks, doesn't it.

Even though a proper bike set up can help with your back issues, it probably won't. Biking is very hard on the back. If you're in too much of an aero positon, or if your saddle is too high, then a bike fit might help. Otherwise, a bike fit just helps with mechanics. That's still a good thing, but maybe not what you're looking for. You may want to experiment with lowering your saddle a bit just to see if it helps.

I went through a few bike fits and eventually discovered that I needed to do certain ab exercises and stretching every day. It was the physical therapists that provided the information that really helped. That was the only way I could ride without back pain.
 
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