“So if I get professionally fitted to my bike, do I need to start wearing tight shorts?”
It’s a fair question, but the answer is…not really. The truth is, if you want to be more comfortable on your bike, increase your performance, or generally just get an expert opinion on how to use your machine to optimal capacity, you should definitely get fitted to your bike.
The process is actually pretty fun, and the results can be dramatic. The steps below outline a simple bike fitting procedure, ideal for casual cyclists, and also those who want to optimize performance and comfort.
Call Corner Bike and set up a time
OK, duh, but know that it usually takes about an hour and you’ll need to pedal extensively. Wear your comfortable clothes and be ready to work up a decent sweat. Let the guys at Corner Bike know what type of bike you have and what you’re looking to get out of your fitment.
Once you get there, you’ll get set up on a trainer. This locks your back wheel in a stationary position while allowing the wheel to move. You will feel more resistance than usual, but you’ll still be able to pedal aggressively, if that’s your thing.
And if you ever need one of these trainers for home use, we actually sell them in the shop.
Once you get comfortable on the trainer, one of the mechanics at Corner Bike will observe you pedaling and ask questions. He’ll be looking for leg extension, angles and a few other things.
Drew Mitchell, manager at Corner Bike Shop, is certified by the Paul Swift Bikefit company . His certification is ideal for those looking for better bike fits for comfort and endurance cycling.
Before any adjustments can be made however, we need to determine if you’re on the right size bike.
This initial process will take about 15 minutes.
Professional bike fitting adjustments
After observing you in motion for several minutes, the crew at Corner Bikes will begin making adjustments to your bike. A few of the adjustments most commonly made are:
- Seat fore and aft
- Pedal shims
In this example, you can clearly see the adjustments made to the stem and seatpost:
This is an example of a really simple adjustment on a fixed gear bike that doesn’t have clipless pedals, so only a few adjustments could be made.
Go ride your bike outside
Hop on the bike and feel the difference. In the example above, the rider had been cycling on that same bike five years, and he said that riding it after a professional bike fit made it feel like a completely different machine.
Here are the benefits he mentioned:
– More power through the pedals
– More comfortable
– Improved handling
Again, this rider had been on his bike for five years and never knew what he was missing.
If you’ve ever wondered if you’re getting the most out of your bike, even if you’re a casual rider, come on into Corner Bike Shop and get professionally fitted to your bike.