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Choosing A Bike Fitter

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I'm planning to buy a "forever" or "last" bike in the next year or so, I'm thinking it's worth getting a fit to make sure I buy the right size bike. A quick Google search shows several places within a few hours drive with a variety of services and price points, but I don't know what to look for.

1. Generally what should I look for when picking somebody to do a bike fit?

2. Specifically, I'm located about 2 hours drive west of Madison, WI. Is there anybody you would recommend roughly in the radius of Madison-Dubuque, IA-Rochester, MN?
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You could go to 5 different 'bike fitters' and end up with 5 distinctly different set-ups. You need to find someone that understands then type of riding you plan on doing and is comfortable doing fittings for that. Some fitters are very caught up in 'racing' fits and will set up most of their clients in a similar way. I worked with a guy for years that thought every custom frame he did a fitting for needed a head tube extension. I'm surprised that the frame builders would actually make some of these frames. Ask around when you're riding w/ groups, see what others have to say about this. And of course ignore lowrider's advice. If you knew what you wanted you'd just buy it or have it made.
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What Lombard said...where are you? I might know someone that's reasonably close to you. And spinning out 53/11? Really? At 120 rpm, which should not be considered 'spun out' that's over 45mph.
If you are buying a $4,000 bike from a reputable bike shop, then you should be getting a professional fit for for free. Frankly, same for a $1000 bike. But if you do have to pay a fee, it should be worth the same regardless of the cost of the bike.

As for top speed, the max I've recorded is 51 mph. View attachment 487090
I don't think a 'professional' fit should be included with a bike purchase. Ski boots don't come with custom fitting. Tennis racquets don't come with a 'pro' string job. You're utilizing the skills of a very specialized employee. In my area nearly all of the bike shops have stopped doing involved, 'pro' fittings. There are a bunch of places that do only that and they've taken over that aspect of the business. If they charge $300.00-500.00 for their service it's ridiculous to expect that a bike shop would even be able to do that for free.
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