Bike Fitting Service
Every cyclist should be comfortable, no matter how or what they ride.
Our certified BikeFit specialist is Tom Mason. Tom is a life-long cyclist with a wide variety of riding experience as well as some riding injuries he has overcome. Combined with his patience, customer rapport and attention-to-detail, all this makes him an exceptional bike fitter.
If you are looking for greater comfort on longer rides, more speed or power, or you need some fine tuning to address flexibility or injury, Tom can help.
The Sourland Cycles approach to bike-fitting is a holistic one, not a rigid system of parameters and computer programs. While we use elements of other programs as well as common sense and years of riding exprience, BikeFit is the foundation of our program. BikeFit was started in 1995 by Paul Swift who is recognized one of the leaders in developing the bike fitting technologies. BikeFit was recognized by Bicycling Magazine as one of the most innovative fit programs in cycling.
The BikeFit starts with specific measurements, both on and off the bike; and then addresses the following areas:
- Saddle selection, height and fore/aft position
- Handlebar positioning, width, reach and drop
- Crank arm length
- Cleat, tilt, position and rotation
The angle of the forefoot is the cornerstone of a Bikefit session. From foot angle and position flows everything else: knee, hip and lower back.
We also incorporate the Giant Right Ride system which helps determine correct sizing of bikes, allows us to duplicate various settings and sizes so we can best determine what bike geometry and size is best for you. This system also lets us quickly swap saddles, saddle set-backs, stem lengths and handlebar widths to help determine which of these variables is the best fit and to make sure you are comfortable with your bike settings.
Our bike fittings cost $200 and can take up to 3 hours. To find out more about how we might be able to get you more comfortable, please contact us at the store.
Detailed information about the BikeFit bike fitting system is at www.bikefit.com
When I bought my bike at another shop 8 years ago, I thought that it fit me well. But there was often a little pinch here between my shoulder blades, or a creaky knee, after long rides. So I decided to try a BIKEFIT. The whole process was amazing. There was so much attention to the smallest details. I had been worried that they would try to sell me new components, but other than a new stem, they worked with the bike and its parts! I am riding much more comfortably on my bike these days.
I had been struggling with some foot discomfort that consistently kicked in at middle distances and had tried inserts, new shoes, and new pedals, to no avail. Kerri’s BIKEFIT analysis and adjustments took the pain out of long distance rides, which has been a game changer for me.
Notice how the knee is out on the upstroke and has to come back into alignment with the pedal on the down stroke. This common misalignment forces the hip and knee to absorb all corrections in the course of a ride because the foot position is fixed.
After the fitting, with adjustments to cleat position, varus foot wedges, and saddle position, hip and knee are in perfect alignment with pedal.