Bike Fitting


I've had three folks in the last month ask me about how to buy a bike. Here are the three pieces of advice in order:
# "": John Gallagher runs this group. For $150, you will actually get a bike that fits you. Believe it or not, this is about 80% of the performance and comfort on a bike. So, you can have Lance Armstrong's bike and it won't help if it doesn't fit and a guy on a $200 20-year-old bike will whip you if his fits right. Give John a call, he'll do a fitting, adjust your current bike as close as possible and then sit down with you on the web and give you a list of bikes that will really fit like a charm. He's also a huge seller of custom bikes so you can get a custom made one.
# "Gregg's": or Montlake Bike Shop are two of the best dealers in Seattle. If you don't know much about bikes, you can go there and they'll take care of you. They charge a little more, but it is worth it if you aren't a do-it-yourselfer.
# "": If you are a do-it-yourselfer and don't mind the risk, then ebay is a great place to get a used bike. There are plenty of folks who will buy a new bike every 1-3 years or who own 4-6 bikes and are selling. Also, racers sell the bikes sponsors give them. The discounts are anywhere from 30-50% off, but it is caveat emptor. Still, if you don't mind setting things up yourself, not a bad option.