We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. However, if you can't find your question below please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help.
A bike fit is a process of first determining an ideal position for a rider based on physical abilities and desires from their riding and then setting up a bike to allow them to achieve that position. The Interview and assessment stages of a fit prior to even touching the bike are arguably the most important, as until it is known what the rider is capable of and actually wants to do with the bike we cannot decide how they should be positioned! There are many different levels of service available offering different levels of fit that are more suited to different aspects of riding. For more information on these please refer to our bike fitting pages to read the differences in these fits.
A bike fit is beneficial for everybody. Regardless of your level of riding or how long you have been riding for you would stand to benefit from a fit. Whether it is to improve your comfort or performance or even aerodynamics a bike fit is the answer. Different levels of the services will obviously suit some of these aspects more than others but everyone can benefit from one style of fit! To help decide which fit is for you please refer to our fitting page where more details of the benefits of each level are explained.
Yes! There are no real constraints to the style of bike as to the possibilities of fitting it to the rider. Obviously different styles of riding will require different positions, yet the fitting process itself will still follow similar lines! From time trials to cross country to commuting a bike fit will allow the rider to sit in the optimum position for their given discipline. Some bikes are more adjustable than others regarding obtaining this position yet we can work with most bikes to get as close as possible to the ideal position for the rider. The only exception would be potentially full suspension bikes where the benefits of a fit become arguably less beneficial due to the dynamic nature of the riding stance and also how much the bike moves beneath the rider making the position on the bike far less fixed.
All we need from you is your usual riding kit, ideally wearing shorts rather than tights, shoes to ride in and your bike with pedals attached.
No! There is a distinct difference between ache through muscle use and pain caused through excess pressure or over stretching muscles to positions they are unable to attain safely. Whilst riding below your threshold limit riding should be comfortable and ideally pain free! Once above this limit where muscles are lactating they will fatigue much faster and will start to burn, but this pain is not the same as the bike position causing discomfort. Also being in the correct position in the bike will aid the removal of this lactate quicker once back to below your threshold limit! In short cycling will hurt if you push yourself to your limits, but that is not the same as the bike causing pain. A bike fit will help alleviate pain caused by the bike itself.
Being sized for a bike is a short, simple process to determine the frame that is best suited to your size. This does not take into account much in the way of your riding style or history and even less in the way of your capabilities on the bike. It will invariable get you onto the correct size of frame, but will not get this frame set up much beyond moving the saddle slightly up or down for you.
A fitting is a much more in depth process that takes you as an individual and decides where you should ideally be positioned whilst riding and then brings the bike around to let you naturally sit in that position with the bike. Whilst most places will offer a sizing process on the shop floor, being fitted takes this to the next level to ensure you are in the ideal place whilst riding to optimise what you want from your bike!
Q. Will it make me faster?
It certainly can. If this is your primary aim from a fit to improve performance and increase speed whilst riding we can certainly work with you towards this goal. We can happily offer advice on how best to improve your riding technique along with the position of your bike beneath you to help get those extra Watts you need to help you compete!
Even if performance is not the sole aim of your fit, being fitted will often make the position of the bike more efficient to the point you will notice performance gains anyway! A real win-win for someone looking for extra comfort on the bike.
Bike fitting is an ongoing process. We will get you to your ideal position on the day of your fit, but over the course of time you and your body will change. You will get stronger/weaker on the bike, more/less flexible, your cycling goals and aims will change; the list goes on. So the version of you in a year's time will not necessarily require the same bike position. Follow ups allow us to reassess things and check up that everything is as it should be on the bike. You appreciate your bike wears and get things serviced yearly so why not your body as well? We recommend looking at yearly follow ups to ensure everything is still working as it should on the bike and to keep on top of anything that may develop on the bike before it becomes an issue.
Q. I have a specific injury, can a bike fit help?
A bike fit can help to reduce pressure on certain areas by using others around it to help with support. So yes, a bike fit can often help with specific injuries. Whilst it may not be what you require to cure this injury Physiotherapists and Doctors will often advise getting a fit to ensure nothing is antagonised during your recovery period. There are lots of solutions available on a bike to help keep you balanced and comfortable, getting you back on the road as soon as possible!