Bike Fit: Is it worth it?

Bike Fit: Is it worth it? This is one of the top questions that I am asked as a coach and as an experienced athlete. Is it worth spending the money on a professional fit? My answer is almost always a definite, confident, and firm YES. Any decent bike shop, and most definitely Ride On Bikes, will size you on a bike before you purchase it. Sizing, not be mistaken for fitting, means that you will be matched up with a bike that works well with your geometry and interests. Before you walk out the door, your seat and handlebars will be adjusted to a basic position that is comfortable for you. A basic position that will get you started in the right direction. You might be all set; however, you don’t need to wait to be in pain or training for an event to benefit from a custom bike fit. Most people will indefinitely be more comfortable and perform better following a professional bike fit. As a result, you’ll enjoy riding more. It can help reduce the risk of injury, increase bike handling abilities, increase safety, improve comfort, and often increase speed and efficiency.

A professional bike fit is just as in depth and scientific as actually riding your bike. The bike fit process ranges from 2-3 hours and includes a pre-fit interview, flexibility assessment to gauge where problems may exist and range of motion that need to be taken into consideration. Your cleats and shoes will be examined and adjusted if needed so as to ensure that your joints are tracking properly. Your ‘sit’ bones will be measured to ensure that you are on the right size saddle (getting comfortable isn’t always about getting the most cushion! You could be on the wrong width of seat.) Then positions are adjusted on the bike itself such as saddle heat, fore/aft (forward and backward) of the saddle, stem length (reach), and stem height (drop).

At the end of the process you will received a detailed report of your before and after positions, video, your exact measurements of the final bike fit, and a lot of helpful information you can carry forward. You’ll be asked to ride in your new position for a week or two and the professional fit specialist will follow up with you to make any further adjustments.

So is it worth it? I personally have been through numerous fits in my cycling/triathlon career and have never regretted a single one. Performance is important to me, but comfort trumps performance every time. You’ll walk away full of knowledge and feel great on your ride.

For more information on setting up a professional bike fit contact: jc@rideonbikes.com