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.

small zendurance cycling logoBenefits of a bike that fits well:

Improves:

  • Safety
  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Efficiency
  • Power and performance
  • Enjoyment

Reduces:

  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • 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!

small zendurance cycling logoMaximize 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.

small zendurance cycling logoDo 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.

small zendurance cycling logoHow 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.

small zendurance cycling logoFurther Discussion:

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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