bike fitting

What I typically tell clients is that my fit process comprises of three components:   The subjective, where I use my trained eye and intuition to evaluate a position on the bicycle and subsequent changes; the objective, which is provided by our own body assessment and the precise 3D measurement of our Retul motion capture system; and client feedback. Specifically I'll ask targeted questions that relate to pedal smoothness and efficiency and where a subject feels pressure or discomfort.  I believe all three form the trifecta to successful  fitting process.  What this means is that the subject is involved and has a say in the overall fit procedure.  This ensures a true collaborative approach.    When used in conjunction with my experience, the objective and precise measurements we get from our Retul system and by listening to you, your input completes the fit.  In this way it is really a process that is tailored to you.  It is your fit, not mine, and takes into consideration your comfort level, cycling history, injuries and other factors that are unique to you.  This is the way it should be.  


 


Basic (Static) Fit - For Road & all other bikes EXCEPT Triathlon/TT specific

Basic (Static) Fit - For Road & all other bikes EXCEPT Triathlon/TT specific

This fit is appropriate for someone seeking his or her first comprehensive fit and/or doesn't quite need the precision provided by the Advanced Retul Fit. This fit is conducted on your own bike set up on a trainer. Our trained fit specialist will evaluate your position utilizing standard tools of the trade including a measuring tape, plumb-bob, goniometer, laser and adjustable stem. The cost of this fit is waived for anyone who purchases a new bike from A Road Bike 4U.


Our Basic Fit session includes:

  1. Personal interview to determine riding style, goals, physical concerns and limitations.
  2. Comprehensive body analysis using Fit Kit™ measurement tools.
  3. Check for neutral cleat position.
  4. Evaluation of position on your current bike.
  5. Adjust bike to make the necessary improvements, as recommended by fit specialist.
  6. Receive written reports of key measurements.
  7. Follow up session within the first month to fine tune the fit, as necessary.

Cost: $125


Advanced 3D Retül (Dynamic) Fit For Road & all other bikes EXCEPT Triathlon/TT Specific

The Retul fit offers greater measurement precision and more closely mimics the way you ride on the road. The AdvancedRetül fit is appropriate for anyone who wants the most advanced system on the market for measuring a rider's position on the bike. Do not confuse Retul with video-based systems. Retul is far superior and measures the rider with true 3D accuracy WHILE he/she pedals the bike under load. Whether you're a racer looking to finish on the podium, or a century rider looking to finish strong and in comfort, a Retül fit can give you that edge.

 

Our Advanced Retül Fit session includes:

 

  1. Personal interview to determine riding style, goals, physical concerns and limitations.

  2. Physical assessment to determine flexibility of hamstrings, quads and IT bands as well as joint mobility; Evaluation of foot/hip/knee kinetics, structural differences and functional strength.

  3. Check for neutral cleat position.

  4. Comprehensive body analysis using Fit Kit™ measurement tools.

  5. Dynamic testing on your bike using Retül's 3D Motion Capture technology to determine proper positioning. Perform on each side to determine any asymmetries.

  6. Adjust bike to make the necessary improvements and retest with Retül to compare. Repeat the process as many times as needed to achieve the optimum position.

  7. Capture the geometry of the bike using the Zinn feature of Retül. Key measurements provided in report.

  8. Receive a Retül-generated report of all the key measurements of your position on the bike, both before and after.

  9. Follow up session within the first month to fine tune the fit, as necessary.

 

Cost: $250

with Cleat/Shoe/Pedal Interface Fit:  $300


Advanced 3D Retül Fit on Dynamic Fit Unit For Triathon/TT Specific Bikes Only

Our Retul motion capture fit system combined with the infinite adjustability of the Dynamic Fit Unit (DFU) ensures the best measurement/adjustability protocol to completely dial in your triathlon or time trial position.  The primary advantage of the DFU is that it allows us to make real-time, on the fly adjustments as you pedal. There is no stopping and getting off the bike to make manual saddle and stem changes. You get real-time feedback to even the slightest changes in handlebar and saddle position.  We can even save different fit positions and can toggle back and forth between them. 

Our Advanced Retul on DFU session includes the same steps as in the Retul Fit outlined above.  The main difference is that the dynamic testing is done on the DFU instead of your own bike.  Once your ideal XY coordinates are determined, we will then set up your existing bike to match.   

Cost: $300   
with Cleat/Shoe/Pedal Interface Fit: $350


Bike Finder Fit - For Road, Triathlon/TT and All Bicycle Types

The Guru DFU, in combination with Retul, allows us to simulate your actual preferred riding position. We make numerous adjustments WHILE YOU ARE PEDALING UNDER LOAD without disembarking the fit bike, to dial in your ideal position. This provides us with two "X-Y" coordinates. One for saddle position and one for handlebar position. Comparing this to each frame's stack and reach specification, we can hone in on the most optimal frames for you, requiring the least amount of saddle, stem and handlebar adjustments to "make it fit." 

At ARB, we are dealers of multiple brands with varying frame sizes and characteristics. This opens up numerous possibilities for finding that ideal bike for you. At the end of the process, we provide each customer with a "New Bike Fit" report. It indicates your ideal "X-Y" coordinates and the 2-5 stock geometry frames that most closely match those "X-Y" coordinates.

Our Bike Finder Fit Session includes:

  1. Personal interview to determine riding style, goals, physical concerns and limitations.
  2. Physical assessment to determine flexibility of hamstrings, quads and IT bands as well as joint mobility; Evaluation of foot/hip/knee kinetics, structural differences and functional strength.
  3. Check for neutral cleat position.
  4. Comprehensive body analysis using Bio Size™ fit station.
  5. Dynamic testing on the Guru DFU using Retül's 3D Motion Capture technology to determine proper positioning. 
  6. Adjust DFU to make the necessary improvements and retest with Retül to compare. Repeat the process as many times as needed to achieve the optimum position.
  7. Receive a Retül-generated report of all the key measurements of your position on the bike, both before and after.
  8. Post fit consultation to discuss preliminary findings of which bike brands/models are the best match for you.
  9. 24-48 hours after fit, client will will receive a Bike Finder Report indicating the 2-5 bikes that are the best match for them, along with fitter comments on each bike.

Cost:  $275 (if new bike is purchased through ARB, receive a $200 store gift card!)

Road & All Other Bikes

Triathlon/TT Bikes


Cleat/Shoe/Pedal Interface Fit - For all Bikes

This fit specifically addresses the cleat/shoe/pedal "system."  It ensures that your clipless pedal interface is positioned according to your natural leg rotation during the pedal stroke - eliminating stress on the knee, ankle and hip.  This fit would be the starting point for anyone who has discomfort/pain in the leg or foot.  And this fit should be done whenever you have purchased your first clipless pedals or changed shoes, cleats or pedals.  For example, you have switched from a pair of Giro shoes to Sidi's or Look pedals to Speedplay Zero's.

Our Cleat/Shoe/Pedal Interface Fit session includes:    
 

  1. Check for neutral cleat position as starting point
  2. Installation of the Fit KitTM RADS pedals on your bike
  3. Determine correct "Q Factor" 
  4. Analysis of rider's lower leg rotation while pedaling
  5. Adjustment of cleats on shoe to accomodate each leg's natural rotation


 Cost:  $75