Anyway, I dropped the boys at Gramma's house where Kel met me, and we went down to Ithaca to meet Nick at Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company for a F.I.S.T. bike fit. Nick is offering FREE bike fits through the end of the year to get some exposure for the store. When I first found out about them, I sent him an email and asked, "What's the catch?" This type of bike fit usually runs around $175-200, and it seemed too good to be true. He said there was no catch, he just wanted to get the store's name out there, so I said, "Sign us up!"
The shop is right on the Ithaca Commons, a charming little road that is closed to traffic. The store is very cool, with an urban feel. The lighting is quite low, which I kind of liked, but Nick said they are getting some brighter lights in so they can showcase more of the gear. All of the shelving is on wheels that they move against the walls, so they can offer early morning trainer classes and even some P90X classes. Check out their board of upcoming events.
Kestrel is a sponsor of Team Trakkers now, it could just very well happen in my future!! I also spotted a beautiful Cloudveil hoodie that I really want!! Maybe I'll raid Ryan's piggy bank!!
John Cobb V-Flow Max. Nick said that when John Cobb was developing this saddle, he would have women sit on them naked (giving them privacy, of course), so he could pinpoint exactly where the cut-out should be.
Here is the before pic.
Nick measuring angles.
He spent a lot of time just watching me ride and doing incremental tweaks, first of the saddle height, than the fore and aft, then the height of the handle bars, and finally the position of the aero bars..
And here she is...all grown up. I have always thought Buttercup was quite pretty, but now she looks
sexy and fast!! Don't you think? Every time I walk by her, I just have to stop and admire her.
Kel also got fit, but he was happy with his saddle to begin with, so didn't get a new one.
All in all, Nick spent about two hours with each of us, and it was a great time. Nick is a fantastic triathlete in his own right, and just finished up a great season with several wins, including the Mighty Man half, which was just his second half-iron.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend making your way down to Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company in Ithaca. Have some dinner and enjoy Ithaca while you are at it...you won't regret it!!