How well your bicycle fits you determines a lot. It can mean the difference between comfort and pain, fast and slow, safe and unsafe.
Proper fitting starts with selecting the right size bike frame. Most of our bikes are not one-size-fits-all, but rather, come in different frame measurements to help you obtain the best overall fit. Frame size is usually measured along the length of the seat tube (the tube which supports a bike’s seat and seatpost). While measurement standards vary a bit between different manufacturers, we can help you determine the ideal range of sizes that would offer you your best match to your body type and riding style.
What does body type have to do with fit? Well, have you ever heard someone say, “He’s a tall drink of water” or “She’s all legs”? The point is: Each of us has a different body style. And this has to be taken into account when fitting for a bike.
How does your riding style relate to proper fit? Let’s say you want to cruise the bike paths on a bike that lets you sit upright where you get a good view of the scenery. That calls for a different frame size, bike type and fit approach than, say, a time-trial racer who needs to be positioned for optimum aerodynamics and speed.
Beyond frame size, other components of a bike also contribute greatly to a good fit. Take seats, for instance. What's the best height for your bike seat? How far forward or back of center is your correct seat position? The tilt of the seat is also adjustable. Other factors to know more about include: stem length and height; crankarm length; and, what width and shape of handlebars work best for you.
We love helping our customers get the right fit. And if you didn’t buy your bike from us, worry not. Just bring your bike in for a complimentary review of the fit basics so you know what changes, if any, you might want to consider. We look forward to seeing you.
For a truly professional fit, SouthWest Bicycles utilizes the Fit Kit Fitting System. After answering a series of questions to determine your activity level and preferred style of riding, we take well-defined measurements with simple yet accurate tools designed by Fit Kit. We then enter your data into our computer and get back a range of ideal frame and stem sizes that you can use in determining your ideal bike or to better fit your existing bike. After we build up your new bike, or modify your existing one, we spend time with you as you ride on a bicycle trainer to fine tune the fit. The system works for both Mountain and Road bikes.
If you already have the bike of your dreams but are not yet comfortable on it, this is the answer. And for those considering a new Pro level bike, this is a great way to ensure a proper fit and a future of fantastic cycling. The cost of $65.00 will be applied to whatever bike you choose from SouthWest Bicycles.
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