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Now Available at URBAN PEDALER!
Our collective history with bike fitting and our spacious location uniquely qualifies us to offer a high level of professional services to help you get the most from your biking experience in Melbourne. Our GURU Dynamic Fitting Unit helps us dial in positions while the rider is in motion, a unique experience in the bike fitting world. It also gives us live power, cadence and other feedback that helps us understand the impact that changes make in real time. We have partnered with a local physio to help develop our program and continue to improve our offerings. We are currently accepting bookings for fits, click here to see a list of our fitting services.
Call to book a fit with us today – 03 9557 6461
About Bike Fitting:
A true bike fit is about making a bike and equipment fit the rider and all of their abilities, limitations, and aspirations. Each person is unique and comes with a different set of challenges in flexibility, range of motion, history of injuries and comfort levels. A good bike fit is one that measures and considers all of these before making any adjustments to the equipment. Anything less is a “bike sizing” and may come in many different levels of complexity.
Bike sizing is something that typically comes for free with a bike purchase, and usually includes at least adjustments to the seat height. Looking at a rider from the side, a person with good experience can adjust the seat height, the seat fore/aft, and the reach to the handlebar to get a rider into a “ballpark” position. This is where they are getting full leg extension and power from the pedal stroke and are comfortable with their extension to the handlebars. This is usually achievable with the existing equipment on the bike but might necessitate a change in the stem length to extend or reduce the reach. A fitter might take some time and use some specialised tools to achieve this position, but it is not an overly complex process and therefore ranges in cost from free to $150 depending on the skill level of the fitter, any specialized equipment used, and the time it takes. Most bikes from most manufacturers have enough sizes available and the right component specification that you can get near-optimum performance from an off-the-shelf bike and a good sizing from your shop.
- Frame stack and reach as well as seat tube angles
- Muscular recruitment of an optimum pedal stroke
Bike fitting is a more comprehensive process and varies a bit depending on where you get your fit. Some hallmarks of a solid bike fit are a pre-fit interview, physical assessment off the bike, on-bike review, equipment alterations, and some level of post-fit followups. Bike fits take anywhere from one to four hours to complete and can lead to some major revelations in your knowledge about your body-bike interface. Along with a more detailed side analysis like in the bike sizing, the fitter analyses and can optimise the front view which includes the
- Knee structure plays a key role in the dynamics of a pedal stroke
hip/knee/foot alignment for maximum pedal efficiency. It’s the best way to address niggling pains, discomfort and most importantly to get the most power and speed from your machine. During the bike fit process you may find that you require some major modifications to your equipment that might include bars, stem, shoes, cleats, pedals, footbeds and saddle. As you can imagine, these things can add up, but anyone who has invested in and benefited from a bike fit will tell you that it’s worth as much as the bike itself. Bike fits are available from most high level bike shops, but also are on offer from many medical professionals and personal trainers with biking experience. The benefit of getting a fit at a bike shop with highly trained fitters is the access to product and tools to help maximise the fit’s results and the retailer’s knowledge of equipment and technology that might be available to optimise your efficiency or position.
Who should get a bike fit?
We’ve all seen people with visually unnatural pedal strokes, but those are the just the most obvious. Many of us live with slight abnormalities that affect us in ways that we can not see or have adjusted to over time like leg length discrepancies, limited flexibility, surgeries, injuries, and pain. We hear “it’s always been like that”, or “I’ve learned to live with it”, and these are never excuses to ignore the ability to improve your position. After seeing riders from all walks of life benefit from fitting, our experience tell us that anyone who enjoys their time in the saddle should consider it.