"Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand”
We at FITT 1ST want you to understand your bike fit, thats why we take the extra time to actively involve you in all aspects of the procedure. This way we establish quality communication and feedback.
Our fitting process was developed by the leaders and pioneers in this industry, taught at the SICI Institute to the TOP FITTERS IN THE WORLD. Although our system uses well established scientific criteria as its base we add a very “Rider Centric “ component to our fit procedure by establishing a thorough personalized profile of the rider themselves.
There are no “quick fixes” if a bike fit is done correctly, and that is why our fits are very comprehensive.
Whether you are a pro athlete or a daily commuter, the process remains the same and is equally important for all.
By the time your fit is complete you should not only feel totally satisfied with your new position, you will also have a much greater knowledge and better understanding of how your body and your bicycle work together.
You and the bicycle become one. This is how the cycling experience is maximized.
Step 1: Interview
The fit begins with an extensive interview to establish a personal blueprint
of the uniqueness you bring to the bike.
We will gather information about your life off the bike that relates
directly to your comfort, efficiency and power on the bike.
Lifestyle, fitness level, riding experience, prior injuries, surgeries and current
physical concerns all play an important role in determining your ideal position.
Step 2: Foot Assessment
This is a very important aspect of the bike fit and absolutely essential for any rider
who uses a clipped in pedal system. The interface between the foot, shoe, cleat
and pedal is where it all begins. This is where all your power and efficiency originates.
This is also the source for the majority of foot and knee issues we encounter.
Foot size and shape, degree of pronation, arch type, length and height, forefoot varus and valgas and metatarsal support are all evaluated here.
Step 3: Flexibility and Postural Assessment
and even what we do for a living. A person who sits in front of a computer all day will
have a much different range of motion and flexibility than the fitness trainer, even if
they were born identical twins and chances are they would not be comfortable in the
same position on the bike.
Postural alignment, leg length differences, pelvic asymmetries, spinal flexibility,
hamstring flexibility, and hip flexion range of motion will all be assessed
Step 4: On Bike Assessment
Everything we do on the bike is to ensure that the bike fits you. It makes more sense to
change a stem, saddle position or handle bar position than to force one's body into a
position that is unnatural. This process will result in a position that accommodates all of
your natural bio mechanics removing excess pressure at all your joints.
Foot stability, cleat alignment, ankling pattern, knee tracking, pelvic angle, upper
body alignment, arm and hand positions will all be optimized to ensure that you will be
riding safely and comfortably for your current skill and fitness level. We will be asking
for your feedback continually through this phase.
Step 5: Evaluation and Recommendations
We will do our best to adapt your existing equipment to you. However there may be
changes that we will recommend to you. A new handlebar with shallower reach and
drop to accommodate your arm and hand position, a different seat that fits your body
and riding style better or something as small as adding a wedge to one of your cleats.
Any one of these small changes can make a world of difference in your ability to enjoy
and perform well and safely on the bike.
If the bike is just the wrong size for you, we will tell you so and give you advice on
what manufacturers makes, models and size would be a much better fit for you and
your style of riding.
All of your data will be recorded, so that you will have a permanent record of all the key
bike measurements. These can be used to help duplicate your new position on