The bike fit process involves information gathering, measuring, observing and assessing, followed by adjustments to the bike.

The rider provides critical insight during the process.

The Fitting Process

Cyclist Interview
Before you climb on your bike I want to better understand your cycling history and intentions, your motive in having a bike fit session, and learn more about some things you noted in your pre-fit interview.

  • What brings you in for a bike fit?
  • Bike fit objective
  • Past / present / future riding experience and intentions.
  • Relevant injury / accident / medical history.
  • Current and recurring symptoms of discomfort if applicable

I also want to make sure you are orientated and comfortable in the studio, and know what steps we will be going through.

Physical Assessment

Observe and assess the rider to identify any off-bike issues that may influence the rider's position on the bike, including:

  • posture
  • mobility
  • stability

For a Pre-purchase sizing or Fit and the Complete Fit I use the Functional Movement Screen, a standardized assessment process widely used by coaches, athletic trainers and some physical therapists.

Physical Measurement

Measure the cyclist's morphology using the Fit Kit System to get body proportions; use an "ass-o-meter" to determine sit bone width  (as relevant to saddle choice), and assess feet size, width, and profile and compare with the cycling shoes and cleat position.

Bike Measurement

Measure and document the bike set up as it is presented, noting key frame metrics, fit co-ordinates and fit relevant components.

On Bike Assessment

I'll observe you on your own bike, set up on a stationery trainer. Depending on the the fit objective, style of bike and what I'm trying to find out, I may also set you up on a bike simulator called a Fit Bike which enables me to adjust your position while you pedal, making it easier to try out different positions quickly.

I use direct observation and measurement, aided by a selection of tools including lasers and video to assess your position. I can offer a live video feed so you can see what I can see, and I want to observe you from both sides, front, rear, and elevated to get a good perspective of your bike-body interaction.

Adjustments and Recommendations

Adjustments are likely to be made to the position of your cleats, saddle, handlebars and controls. If your cleats are badly worn I will want to renew them before the fitting progresses. You may leave with a test ride or new saddle installed, and maybe a change to your handlebar stem. Yes, I use a torque wrench to tighten bolts to the recommended tension when finishing up an adjustment.

Documentation
  • Adjustments and final bike set up are recorded.
  • Further recommendations are provided, as relevant.
  • Dialogue is maintained through follow up to get your feedback and refine the fit as needed.

A Guided Walk Through The Studio