How well your bicycle fits you determines a lot. It can mean the difference between comfort or pain, fast or slow, safe or unsafe. The most enjoyable and efficient ride is achieved when you're one with your bike- a seamless connection where the bike is an extension of your body.
Proper fitting starts with selecting the right size bike frame. We start this process by utilizing a sizing guide based on the style and model of bike, as well as rider gender and height. We also consider things such as stand-over clearance and most importantly, how the bike feels on a test ride.
Of course, not everyone who is the same gender and/or height has the same body geometry and will ride the same size frame. What does body type have to do with fit? Well, have you ever heard someone say, “He’s a tall drink of water” or “She’s all legs”? The point is: Each of us has a different body style. And this has to be taken into account when fitting for a bike.
How does your riding style relate to proper fit? Let’s say you want to cruise the bike paths on a bike that lets you sit upright where you get a good view of the scenery. That calls for a different frame size, bike type and fit approach than, say, a time-trial racer who needs to be positioned for optimum aerodynamics and speed.
Beyond frame size, many of the components on your bike may be adjusted or even replaced to fine-tune the fit. For example: Seatpost height, fore/aft and tilt angle of the saddle, stem length and angle, crankarm length, handlebar width and drop. We utilize special tools and measurement devices while you're on the bike in order to make necessary adjustments and recommendations.
We love providing our customers with fit services but even if you purchased your bike elsewhere, you can still take advantage of our fit expertise! We'll fit you for most any style and brand of bicycle. If you'd like to schedule a fitting appointment, please call us at 864-331-8483. We look forward to seeing you at Carolina Triathlon!