So I’m sitting here in the dark after the wind knocked out the electricity to the house. Thankfully, my housemate has battery backup to the internet and router, so I’m still able to do some work. I can’t help but find the irony in having no power as the Apocalypse is supposed to be tomorrow. And, I’m even happier to get my new bike in my possession before the world ends.
Today, Rick Smith, the owner at Cycle Smiths, called me and said my bike was ready to pick up. I immediately dropped everything I was doing and rushed into town to get dialed in on my new ride, the Scott Plasma Premium. I knew the bike would shift between gears seamlessly and the ride would be incredibly smooth, since he’s the best mechanic that I’ve had work on my equipment. I guess that would make sense, since he has been in the bike industry for about 15 years.
When I arrived at the store, I put my pedals and bottle cages on while Rick place the John Cobb V-Flow Plus saddle on it. I absolutely love that saddle. Most comfortable one that I’ve owned from the time I first bought it and only gets more comfortable as you use it.
Rick started with cutting the seat post so that it would be bottomed out in the frame. Since my legs are short and my torso is long, he ended up having to cut it down quite a bit!
From there we moved onto getting the saddle correctly positioned on the seat post so that my hip and knee angle would be correct as well as the knee in the correct position over the pedals when the pedals are at the 3 and 9 o’clock position.
Next up were the lasers. Rick positioned lasers on the floor to make sure my cleat alignment was correct and my knees weren’t going any direction but up and down.
The whole process only took about 45 minutes. Rick is very efficient at what he does and can do it with extreme accuracy and precision. More fit pictures at the end of the post.
Below are Rick’s credentials… I’ll them speak for themselves:
- BG (Body Geometry) Certified
- F.I.S.T. (Fit Institute Slow Twitch) Certified for Triathlon
- Bike Fit Systems
He can do the following services at his shop, but isn’t limited to these by any means:
Custom Wheel Buliding
Pro Tune-Up – $100
- Degrease Drivetrain
- Wash Entire Bike
- Adjust Shifting
- Adjust Brakes
- True and Round Wheels
- Adjust Hubs
- Adjust Bottom Bracket
- Adjust Headset
- Complete Bolt Check
Complete Overhaul (Includes Pro Tune Up) – $175
- Overhaul Hubs
- Overhaul Bottom Bracket
- Overhaul Headset
- Replace Chain/Cassette*
- Replace Cables/Housing*
- Rewrap Bars/Replace Grips
- *does not include price of parts