Project: Power Output

This has been a weird year on the bike — tons of shoulder/upper back pain that’s made riding a difficult proposition. Also, lower power output for reasons I couldn’t ascertain, and a touch of iliotibial band problems. So I decided to go through and re-assess my bike fit completely.

A big thanks to Tim at the Uptown Penn Cycle for the Fit Kit process. And big ups to Dan at Grand Performance for the help with the forefoot varus issues. I’m much more comfortable on the bike, and my knees are no longer banging into the top tube.

What I’ve done is the following:

  • Raised the seatpost 2 centimeters.
  • Shortened the stem 2 centimeters.
  • Put Bikefit shims in my road shoes — three in the right, two in the left

The overall result? An additional 21 watts in power output. (Note that I haven’t ridden in four weeks and I wasn’t overtrained, so this isn’t a “bounce-back”…)

I’m pretty pleased with this. I’m sure I’ll be following up on this in the future.