Your Bike Fit Resource – Improving Cycling Comfort, Efficiency and Performance

March 17, 2016

Peak-cycles-fit-studio-1_tnWhen you get sized for a bike in a bike shop, most people generally think, “will I need a small, medium, or large frame?” But the reality is that there is much more to a bike fit than the size of a frame. Even if you have had your bike for a long time, you might not actually “fit” your bike.

Bikes come in all sizes and shapes, and are endless bike parts and cycling accessories that can be added or swapped to make bikes a better fit for you. When considering a bike that will actually fit you, most bike experts consider things like frame size, frame dimensions, saddle height, top tube and stem dimensions, knee and cleat position, handle bar size, crank length and body angle. While each of these things are important, they don’t cover a complete bike fit. 

At Peak Cycles, we believe that there is much more to fitting a cyclist to his/her bicycle than just the physical dimensions of a bike. Each cyclist has a different history, experience, comfort level, and goal on the bike; each of these variables are important to the bike-fit process. 

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George Mullen runs our fit studio at Peak Cycles and, through his experience, he has learned that understanding the athlete’s needs are by far the most important component in the fit. With over fifteen years of fitting experience, over 3000 fits, certifications from Serotta Elements™ and Serotta Advanced Fit™ courses as well as Specialized™ Body Geometry fit school, George has learned that simple but significant questions like these drive a proper fit: 

  • What are your body’s dimensions? Are you long in the inseam or long in the torso?
  • What is your injury history?
  • What does your flexibility look like?
  • What is your sustainable core strength like?

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These questions help channel an understanding of your body type, experience, ability level, and past riding technique to inform a more complete fit using an eleven element functional movement screen. This 3-dimentional assessment  covers things like: 

  • Detailed personal profile interview (cycling history, injuries, nagging pains, goals, etc.)
  • Functional movement screen (in-depth body flexibility testing and assessment)
  • Pre-fit assessment of your current riding position on your bike
  • XYZ plane adjustments (X=horizontal/length reach adjustment, Y=vertical/height seat adjustment, Z=frontal area adjustment)
  • Pedal/cleat adjustment(includes verus/valgus cleat shimming as necessary for pedaling alignment)

We also have a new Chamois fit system, which matches the right chamois size with the right bib size (again small, medium, and large doesn’t usually cut it). If you would like to learn more about how you can get a complete and proper bike fit, please stop into Peak Cycles and ask. 


What Does a Bike Fit LOOK Like?

June 6, 2013

Bike fits – we’ve heard about them, talked about them, but somehow, most of us don’t get one.  And why not?  They say the quickest way to get faster on the bike is with a bike fit.  Sure, fit impacts comfort but it also impacts technique which is crucial to preventing overuse injuries and how you ride. Meaning it directly affects how much power you can efficiently deliver to the pedals.

So why don’t more cyclist get a bike fit?  For some, they wonder why it cost so much? Or, what is included in the service?  How long does it take?  And, many wonder when is the best time to get a fit?  More often than not, the biggest reason cyclist opt out of getting a bike fit is because they falsely believe bike fits are for professional riders/ racers.

Bike fits aren’t just for professional riders – they are for anyone who rides whether they are a beginner or advanced rider.  So, why should you schedule a bike fit?  You should get one because you want to get the most out of your experience on the bike.

Here at Peak Cycles Bike Shop, we have a private, dedicated room designated for bike fits.  We offer Specialize’s branded fit system, Body Geometry, accompanied by the newest technologies to give you a comfortable and professional bike fit experience.  Not only can we help you with your fit, but we carry all the bike parts  you may require to get your bike in the very best setup for your riding needs.  Give us a call (303) 216-1616 or stop by the shop in Golden to schedule your bike fit.

In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peak of what you can expect in your upcoming bike fit.