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Bike Fitting

You just purchased a Felt triathlon bike or a BMX mountain bike. Maybe you elected to go the used bike route. Or maybe you added aerobars to your hot, new Trek road bike. Why not take the final step and get a bike fitting?

Our bicycle fitting services draw from the deep well of experience that comes from having a cycling shop for five decades. We’ve performed literally thousands of successful bike fittings. Why? Because when a rider’s body is ideally supported that cyclist will be much more comfortable, avoid injury, and perform phenomenally better.

Check out our Testimonials Page for great feedback from other customers about our bike fitting services.

Why is Bike Fitting so Important?

It’s better to aim at a target, and thoroughly understand the target, before firing.  So why rush into making a bike choice? Despite repeated attempts by folks in the bicycle industry, there’s just no way size chart captures what makes your body perform differently from some other cyclist. Bicycles easily last a decade … so any mistakes will be around for a long time. That means taking the time to get things right. And there’s just no way for a rider to get a bike fitting properly other than in person and in real-time. And hey, you’ll actually love the process and results.

We won’t sell you a road bike from our bike shop without the information we gather from a bike fitting … it’s that important. Yes, we charge a nominal fee ($50) for the process. But when you purchase that perfectly fitted bike, we’ll refund that fee. You’re ultimate cost to make sure your bike fits you … nada, zilch, nothing! And we keep your bike fit card on file for future use.

Bicycle frames come with different geometries because people vary tremendously. In reality, there’s no such thing as a stock bike because there’s no such thing as a stock person. We’ve actually done bike fitting on identical twins, and in no case, did they end up at the same fit coordinates! Even if two people are genetically identical, how they use their bodies, their level of
flexibility, and their injury history yield different results.

We Use State-of-the-Art Bike Fitting Technology

We use a great variety of devices in the fit process.  We’ve invested in a new state-of-the-art fitbike made by Purely Custom, which has the capability to create any configuration imaginable. We recently fitted a 6’10” man for a custom  Co-Motion touring bike and the next rider was a 4’10” woman getting dialed for a hardtail mountain bike!  During a bike fitting, we perform accurate, repeatable body measurements with a custom tool designed specifically for bike fit. Many other tools are used to hone in on the ideal position, like a varus/valgus forefoot measuring tool because cycling shoes can influence the entire body.

Despite the technology we use, it all comes down to this … bike fitting is an art and not a science. A camera can’t capture the three dimensional soft
tissue subtlety of a cyclist in motion as well as a trained human eye. Technology can’t replace the professional bike fitter.

Sure, it may seem like an inconvenience to set up a bicycle fitting appointment for a new bike. It typically takes 60-90 minutes for the session. But here’s the question. Isn’t that time investment worth it to ensure that every time you put your butt into that bike saddle, you have a comfortable ride? Local cycling clubs and ride organizers consistently recommend getting a bike fitting because every time a member gets fitted, they ride so much better! And remember, it costs you nothing when you buy a bike from our Mount Kisco bicycle store.

If You Don’t Believe Us

Maybe you’ll believe Bicycle Dealer magazine. Here’s what they had to say:
From a technical perspective, the fit-first sales process eliminates the guesswork that so often confronts retailers when attempting to optimize a consumer’s preferred riding position on a particular bike. For example, many consumers can often ride multiple sizes of a given bike model. The old sales model would force a retailer to have to make a semi-educated guess on frame
size based on height and inseam, or an in-store demo on both sizes on a trainer. These options are inaccurate and time-consuming respectively, and ultimately do not provide consumers with a clear point of view on which model or size is the best choice for them. By following a fit-first sales protocol, platform selection (race vs. endurance) and appropriate size are addressed before a consumer even looks at colors or price points.

This protocol ensures that a consumer’s final bike selection will give them the best possible cycling experience.

The fit-first sales process has become the best approach for retailers to utilize when selling bikes to their consumers- one that is beneficial for both sides and improves the overall shopping experience. Whether a consumer is in the market for a $500 commuter bike, or a $10,000 super bike, selecting a bike based on proper sizing and riding position is the best way to ensure that consumers make the right decision about the bike they wish to purchase. Welcome to the fit-first sales process. (used with permission from the editors of Bicycle Dealer magazine)

What If I Already Own a Bike?

Even if you already own a bike, bike fitting is essential. A bike fitting of your existing bike will optimize your comfort and efficiency. With an existing bike, you will benefit from our extensive experience and insight. We use the same approach we do with new bike purchases.

We’ll also talk with you about your goals for cycling and any past injury history
to make sure your bike fitting is perfect. If your goal is a comfortable position for ultra-endurance events, a sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full Ironman, aerobar placement needs to be correct for each discipline. That may lead to component change relating to your bike saddle, stem, handlebars or other item where additional charges for parts and labor may be applied. But, you’ll walk away knowing that you’ll ride at a level of comfort you’ve never experienced.

The bike fitting lasts 90-120 minutes. Make sure you bring your bike (duh), cycling shorts and cycling shoes if you have them. Bike fittings are scheduled on Tuesdays-Fridays. It’s a $200 investment on your part, but one you’ll thank us for the next time you hit the road or trail. And yes, measurements obtained during your fitting will remain on file in our bike shop. We do not provide measurements for use at other stores, or for online purchases. 

If you’re just looking for an aerobar fitting, your time investment is a mere 30 minutes at a cost of $40.00 plus the aerobar costs. Already own aerobars and just want a bicycle fitting? That’s $60.00. Just bring your bike, cycling
shorts, jersey and cycling shoes.

Dynamic Cleat and Pedal Fitting

Getting your bike pedals and cycling shoes set up properly may be the single most important thing you do on your bike as proper bike fit extends up from your feet. Just like walking and standing affect your back and posture, cleat placement can have a huge impact on your efficiency and riding. We’ll take the time to fit you for cycling shoes (if you don’t have them already) and align
the cleats to the most optimal position for your body geometry and pedaling.

Allow 30 minutes and at a cost of $50.00 Fittings are scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays. 

A Professional Bike Fitting Makes All The Difference

Bike fitting is the key to enjoying cycling. After thousands of successful fittings, we know how to make sure your riding experience is ideal.

We’ll sweat the details so that you can get out there and perform your best! Give our bike shop a call to set up an appointment. You won’t be sorry!

Fittings at our Mt. Kisco cycle shop are done by appointment, please call the shop to schedule, or use our contact link. Please be prompt for your appointment and give us at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to reschedule. Bike fittings are scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays.

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