Bike Fit? Why?
A bike fit costs money! Why not spend that money on more "go-fast" carbon upgrades?
Even thousands of dollars in lightweight upgrades cannot compensate for a poor fit between you and your bike.
Have you ever tried running or even walking in a pair of shoes that were too big or too small for you? You might get a job with the circus, but it can be a real challenge just to walk across the room! ...Even if those shoes are hand-crafted from Italy.
Benefits of a bike that fits well:
- Power and performance
- Overuse injuries
Riding a bike that doesn’t fit may not feel as uncomfortable or awkward as a pair of shoes that are too small or big. (But when I try riding my nephew’s tricycle, it’s pretty awkward!)
While comfort – and your cool, suave image – are important when you ride, safety is critical. Stability and handling are not luxuries on a bicycle. They are necessities!
Finally, your efficiency and your performance are also affected by how well you and your bike function as a single unit. We are talking speed and endurance here!
Maximize The Benefits:
The knowledge you can bring to the fit studio:
- Pelvic core stability
- Good cycling posture
- Skeletal and joint alignment
- Efficient biomechanics
- Comprehensive awareness of your relationship with your bike
The Zendurance Cycling Self-Study Guide provides you with comprehensive guidance to develop these critical skills. You will maximize the value of your fitting process when you arrive with functional knowledge, skills and habits. A cyclist who has a highly articulate relationship with her/his bike will end up with a more precise and accurate fit.
Do you experience discomfort or pain when you ride? There are three approaches to addressing these issues:
- Bike fit
- Functional strength training
- Correct cycling technique
For more information: Bicycle Comfort.
How do I know when my bike and I fit well together?
- My bike disappears!
- I’m no longer riding on a bike.
- I’m riding through my bike.
- It is an extension of my body.
- My feeling and energy extend through my bike.
Choosing a Bike Fit Service provides you with criteria to consider in your selection of a fit service.
Components of the Comprehensive Fit Process lists the many components of a comprehensive fit process that you may or may not need in your service.
Bike Fitter: My Insights discusses my approach and perspectives on fitting and how it relates to cycling technique, performance and comfort.
Bike Fit: Triathlon vs. Road examines the difference in rider positioning and how that affects the fitting process.
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