Bicycle fitting is not about arriving at a perfect, never-to-change-again position.
Instead, it’s about finding a comfortable starting position and responding to change over time.
Because we all change.
We become more fit, less fit, tighter, more flexible, more competitive, more laid back, injured, stronger, weaker, and open to experiment.
And we all get older.
So, if we continue to ride as we age instead of giving up and gorging on birthday cake—and, and, yes, you can do both!—we make changes to our bicycles to keep up with the changes in our bodies.
Today’s change was to increase the height of the handlebars on the back of the tandem.
Tomorrow, we’ll move them closer to the rider.
A few millimeters here, a few there.
One change at a time, followed by another ride to see what helps and what doesn’t.
As though we need another excuse to ride.
April 6. 21.5 miles.