pwa wrote:I think bike fittings are for people who don't have the experience to set their own bike up.
This makes sense to me. I'm sure there was an article in the Comic
a few years back. They went to different bike fitters and got different results, but failed to draw the obvious conclusion (that there may not be a single clear answer).
That's fine if you think you're looking for improvements in comfort and biomechanics, and even more so if you're a novice. However, if you're going in with the idea that there is one perfect answer, you may be disappointed, I suspect. There are principles, and there are different kinds of riding for which different answers may be better. But I think there was a lot of mileage in the old orthodoxy, whereby you joined a club and got advice on position (and lots of other stuff!) from the critical eyes of the experienced riders there. I'm not sure that paid fits will always improve on that free service.
My only direct experience is of being sent to the local coach when I got back pain in my early racing. He made some tweaks, but I think that ultimately a smaller frame, and my body adapting, were also important.