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04-28-2011, 11:09 AM #1
Best place to get GF fitted for a Road Bike on the front range/summit county
Looking to get the lady a new road bike. We want to do this right and get her fitted as best as possible. She is looking for something that she'll have for the next ten years and can put a lot of miles on. Price range is flexible as long as she gets exactly what she wants and is comfortable. However, she doesn't need some fancy boutique brand or custom build.
What are some good shops with good customer service, knowledgeable techs, and great selection of high quality road bikes? I don't know much about the roadie side of things but I can tell if a tech knows their shit or not. I'd rather not waste my time with some dumbass hipster trying to sell her a fixie or a MTBer who knows fuck all about road bikes.
So which shops on the FR know their shit about road bikes?
04-28-2011, 02:25 PM #2
If you are looking for an "independent" fit, I have to recommend us at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.
Our Biomechanist, Sean Madsen, works with everyone from old ladies who can barely pedal to Saxobank / Astana / HTC and everyone in between.
Additionally, if there is a medical need (from numb hands to knee, back, neck pain) we can do fits with physical therapists which are covered by insurance.
04-28-2011, 02:40 PM #3
Talk to Wilderness Sports in Frisco. They are good guys, not sure about the selection though. Clay S. is a friend and he is their bike fitter.
04-28-2011, 02:49 PM #4
XtrPickles, she doesn't have a medical need for anything specific but I guess she has complained about numb hands before. Mainly I just want her to get the best fitting and perfect bike for her. It'll make both of our lives a lot easier and I want her to be as comfortable and confident on her bike as she can possibly be.
Edgnar, thanks for the recommendation but I have sworn off WS for many reasons and refuse to step back through the doors of that shop or give them a dime of my cash in the future.
04-28-2011, 02:57 PM #5
XtrPickles---that looks amazing. What is the cost? I'd love to have a fit done there my next trip down to the FR. Guessing its a Mon-Fri thing?
04-28-2011, 03:24 PM #6
04-28-2011, 03:29 PM #7
Yeah, they are also on my list that's why I'm more trying to nail down a shop on the FR
Any feedback on Wheatridge cyclery? A few people have recommended them and they have a fit program as well as a good selection of bikes.
04-28-2011, 04:02 PM #8
Standard Bike fits are $250 Cash pay for either Sean or the physical therapist.
Andy Pruitt only works in conjunction with Sean and that combo $600 cash pay.
Additionally, we provide 3D fit using the same equipment in top research labs throughout the world (6 camera infrared Vicon systems).
This 3D is awesome for looking at medial / lateral excursions of the knees , ankles and hips. You can literally see the computer tracing and overlays before and after changes. This is $325 or $400 depending on whether is Sean and the PT or Sean alone.
What's nice however, is that being a medical facility, if there is a true medical need we can run everything through insurance and you get a $600 bike fit for whatever your Co-pay is. I need to point out that this is not a "cheap way" to get a fit, that there has to be a need. However, if there is a need (and numb hands do count) then it is completely 100% legit as long as your insurance covers physical therapy. (No insurance covers "bike fit", but they do cover PT).
Just today I overheard a guy say that he had been fit by a "local" shop and the first 15 minutes of being here was already more in depth than his other fit.
Sean and Andy developed the Specialized "body geometry" products and bike fit process. They teach and train all the other tech's out there. They've had beers bought for them by Fabian Cancellera. Jens Voigt's bike is leaning against the wall next to me because it was given to Sean. These guys are the real deal.
04-28-2011, 11:38 PM #9
It's really too bad that no one has ever asked this question before. Hey admins, can we get some sort of feature to look for old threads? Like a search kinda thing?
Just messin with ya. We went to Wheatridge Cyclery for women's mtb rental. It was a great place. Big shop, friendly staff, lots of bikes (rd and mtn).
04-29-2011, 07:03 AM #10
Your thread was about mountain bikes for your lady. I'm looking for a road bike.
I'm also so special that I need my own thread on this topic.
04-29-2011, 07:24 AM #11
Wheat Ridge if you are looking for a Trek or Specialized. Ron Keifel does a good job of supporting the Colorado cycling scene. Selection is very good.
My wife had a perfectly fine experience at REI getting measured and buying a Cannondale. Selection is decent, tech knowledge is variable.
Littleton Cyclery is another Cannondale shop I have been happy with. Bicycle Pedal'r in Highlands Ranch and Pedal Pushr in Golden are good, as well. None of these shops have an unlimited selection but they have bikes at all price points."Buy the Fucking Plane Tickets!"
-- Jack Tackle
05-01-2011, 04:21 PM #12
I would hit up Corky at Green Mtn Sports in Lakewood. Not too much going on in Summit. WS is not good, CF is outta biz, MSO is not good, Dr. Ivo is a chiro who does bike fits and is pretty good. His office is in Dillon.
05-01-2011, 10:06 PM #13
MSO is a no go for sure so is wilderness sports in my opinion. Peder Hanson was doing a private Serotta certified bike fit in summit through the old somewhat decent of a store Recycle ski and Sport, Recycle is a shitty place but the Serotta certified fit through Peder is good, im not sure if he is still doing fits, PM me and i can figure it out if youd like. He is a super cool smart bike fitter, definitely the best guy to go to in summit and/or denver.