Why Bike Fit is Important
If you are suffering from any discomfort, aches, pains or numbness, it is likely due to an improper bike fit. Read below for information regarding a bike fit.
What is a Bike Fit?
- Everyone’s body is different. In additions to our bodies, injuries or personal goals can affect how your bike should be set-up to maximize comfort, efficiency and power.
- Every touch point on the bike can be changed out, altered or moved to fit yourself better.
- What are the goals of a Bike FIt?
- Enhancing overall rider comfort
- Preventing injuries
- Diagnosing saddle discomfort
- Reducing or eliminating pain and numbness
- Reducing or eliminating discomfort associated with riding
- Reducing rider fatigue by enhancing efficiency
- Improving overall performance on the bike
Where can I get a Fit?
- If you buy a new bike, the bike shop will perform a basic fit to analyze the size of bike you will be riding. However, we still recommend a professional bike fit for cyclists who spend a long time in the saddle.
- If you bought a bike that was not from a bike shop, call your local bike shop to see if they can perform a bike fit on your bike, most can.
How Long will it Take?
- Usually bike fits will take from 1-3 hours. The bike shop will ask you about your cycling history, current and past injuries as well as goals.
What are the Elements of a Bike Fit?
- After asking you personal questions regarding your riding, the bike shop will set your bike on a trainer and then analyze how you ride.
- See below for adjustments that can be made on your bike:
- Saddle height
- Saddle tilt
- Stem length
- Saddle position
- Handlebar width
- Grip tape diameter
- Brake level adjustments
- Crank Length
- Shoe, insole and cleat adjustments
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