Litespeed, thanks for the tip on crunches.
Driftessregion, professional fittings in my neck of the woods are $200 and seem to be a bargain at that. Takes at least 3 hours and then set up of the bike after. Very involved, and I had one done when I built the custom frame I now ride. They use a Serotta Size Cycle, strain guage and a Compu Trainer, plus drafting of a new frame. In addition to all that there is a pre session interview, body flexibility measurements, cleat set up, and saddle tryout. There is no way I would purchase a bike with out a pro fitting.
A few shops in town call their fittings professional, but from what I was shown, they are hardly professional or trained in bio mechanics. Their idea is to take the bike you want and adapt it to your body with adjustable fittings and then sell you a stem to make it work OK. Seems half-assed to me. A complete analysis of rider for physical limitations seems much more logical and would yield more reliable results. Drafting a bike will ensure that the off the shelf bike you select will fall within parameters of the fit. Opposite of selecting a bike and then deciding how to make the body fit.
Guess I am an advocate of pro fittings being done correctly, not cheaply.
Reed523, tried a crank forward and found it completely unacceptable for speed and comfort. I think they are more for individuals that need to be flat footed on the ground when stopped without having to get off the seat. I know guys that tour on bents and boy do they struggle in the hills and mountains!
After all this dialog, the diagnosis from the sports med guy is tendinitis in my hip area (don't know the technical jargon). Resting and stretching are the cure. No cycling, but walking is encouraged. Yes, I have very good insurance which allows me to see a doc when it is needed. No waiting list!