“Chad, I owe you a thank you and a testimonial. Bicycle fit was always something I took seriously in theory, but in hindisight never something I took seriously in practice.  I always knew and believed in the power of a good fit, but I never invested in one because… I have no idea why.  Especially now, I can’t understand why I ever would have waited. It seemed like a big risk getting a fit and drastically (or even slightly) altering my position just six days before a big goal on my calendar.  But I wasn’t comfortable on my bike, I was unsatisfied with my less-than-aero reflection in store windows and, and I was jealous of the super fast guys with flat backs and pain-free riding, so I took my chances and got the fit done anyway. Your attention to detail was awesome and surpassed only by your willingness to fit me into your schedule and arrange follow up meetings on short-notice to make sure I was dialed in for the upcoming race.  You put up with my incessant questioning and were willing to explain each step of the process.  The fitting was confidence inspiring because I understood what was wrong with my old position, how it could be improved, and what we would change on my bike to achieve a better position. It was different.  But it felt good.  Emphasis was shifted to my hamstrings and calves, muscles that weren’t as involved before.  Stress was taken off my quads, and they thanked me for it every time the hammer went down.  My neck and shoulders weren’t sore after riding anymore, and I could sit on my saddle properly for the first time.  I had always figured more comfortable would be less aerodynamic, but now I was way more aerodynamic and more comfortable. The thinking is of course that it usually takes time to get used to the new position, to develop power there.  I’m sure that’s true and I’m sure I’ll continue to get a stronger, and that supposed short-term trade-off was one of the reasons I hesitated to get fitted in the past.  I went to the race just six days after getting fitted, hoping to do as well as I could but understanding a change in position so soon before the race could very well hinder my performance. I forced a 6-man break in the stage 1 circuit race, finished in the lead group in the hilly stage 2 road race, got third in the stage 3 time trial, and entered the stage 4 criterium twelve seconds back in fourth place on G.C.  I was super comfortable on my bike the whole time, and thanks to the more balanced pedal stroke, I went into the criterium with fresh legs, broke away with three laps to go, and hammered it to the line for the criterium and G.C. win.  This was my first win.  This was my first podium.  This was my first top 10 in an out-of-town race. With two to go, I caught a glimpse of myself hammering into the headwind on the false-flat through the start finish in a store window, and I was pretty happy with what I saw.  My legs burned, but in the good way of proper bicycle race suffering and not in the bad way of a lousy fit.  Had it not been for the fit, I truly believe I would not have entered the fourth stage as fresh as I did.  The win was a consequence of a lot of hard work and preparation to be sure, but getting fitted absolutely made me faster.  Period.  I don’t flaunt the conventional wisdom that it’s better to get fitted early in the season, well in advance before race goals, but getting a proper fit didn’t hinder me in the short-term at all, and if anything it helped.  So as between preserving a lousy position and taking a risk on a new one, in my case at least it was an absolute no-brainer.  I can’t wait to see what I can do once I more fully adapt to the new position.Thanks so much.” –Josh Parker – Cyclist