Become One With Your Bike - The Importance of Specialized Body Geometry Fit
A professional bike fitting is one of the best investments a serious cyclist can make, and is something we highly recommend for all distance riders. Those new or old to the sport will be amazed at what a dramatic difference the correct fit can make when it comes to comfort, performance and overall enjoyment of cycling.
Spring has sprung, and it’s finally time to start adding distance to your training rides. Most people look forward to a season full of long days in the saddle. But nagging aches or pains can suck the enjoyment right out of cycling and turn a long ride into a REALLY long ride. Life’s far too short for that nonsense – particularly since most cycling discomfort is easily eliminated through proper bike fit. For most people, this requires the help of a professional.
Bikes come in a limited number of shapes and sizes. Cyclists do not. Bike manufacturers use adjustable components so their bikes can be made to accommodate a larger cross-section of riders. A trained bike fitter knows which adjustments need to be made to each of these components so that human and machine can truly become one.
Who needs a bike fit?
Anyone who plans to spend any length of time riding a bicycle will benefit greatly from a professional bike fit. A proper fit can:
• Improve overall rider comfort
• Help prevent cycling-induced repetitive stress injuries
• Reduce or eliminate back, knee, neck and wrist pain
• Reduce or eliminate “hot foot”
• Reduce or eliminate saddle discomfort and genital numbness
• Reduce or eliminate numbness in the hands and fingers
• Reduce rider fatigue
What is a Body Geometry Fit?
5 STEPS TO YOUR PERFECT FIT
Body Geometry Fit enables riders to maximize power, endurance, and comfort. During your personal Body Geometry Fit session, a trained specialist will assess your individual needs and systematically tailor your bike position and equipment to your body.
A Body Geometry Fit Specialist will learn about how you ride, your cycling goals, and other pertinent information to understand your needs as a rider.
Your Fit Specialist will administer a comprehensive 18-step process (3D Fit) to determine the flexibility and dimensions of your body. This is critical to guide the customization of your bike position and equipment.
Your Fit Specialist will visually assess your position on the bike while you ride. This provides additional information to optimize your position and equipment.
During this 15-step process (3D Fit), the Fit Specialist will personalize your bike position and equipment choice. In the end, saddle selection and position, shoes, footbeds, cleat position, and handlebar position are all optimized to your body.
At the conclusion of the process, the Fit Specialist will schedule a follow-up to review your adaptation to the new position, answer your questions, and provide guidance on how to get the most out of your ride.
OUR BODY GEOMETRY FIT SPECIALISTS
Certified Body Geometry Fit Specialists are dedicated to enhancing your riding experience. Specially trained at Specialized Bicycle Components University, they have passed rigorous exams and possess the proven skills and expertise to systematically tailor your bike position and equipment to your body.
When should you get your bike fit?
As soon as possible. Today is the ideal day to make an appointment to have your bike fit. Getting this taken care of early in the season will give you and your body time to adapt to changes made to your position on the bike before the start of Cycling Season. In addition, it will make your training rides more enjoyable.
Most fitters guarantee the fit for a full year, so you can go back later in the season to take care of any adjustments and fine-tuning if the need arises, or to facilitate any changes your body might have undergone through training.
Our ultimate goal is for the bike to all but disappear underneath you. While we can’t guarantee you won’t be sore after that long ride, we do guarantee you won’t be in any pain. If you’d like to know more, check out our list of frequently asked questions or shoot us an e-mail at [email protected]