How well your bike fits you determines a lot. It can mean the difference between comfort and pain, fast and slow, safe and unsafe. For a simple guide to help you find out what size bike to start with, visit our Bike Sizing Charts page. Are you looking to get more out of your bike and yourself? More speed? More control? More power and endurance? Read on...
Proper fitting starts with selecting the right size bike frame. Most of our bikes are not one-size-fits-all, but rather, come in different frame measurements to help you obtain the best overall fit. Frame size is usually measured along the length of the seat tube (the tube which supports a bike’s seat and seatpost). While measurement standards vary a bit between different manufacturers, we can help you determine the ideal range of sizes that would offer you your best match to your body type and riding style.
What does body type have to do with fit? Well, have you ever heard someone say, “He’s a tall drink of water” or “She’s all legs”? The point is: Each of us has a different body style. And this has to be taken into account when fitting for a bike.
What's Your Riding Style?
How does your riding style relate to proper fit? Let’s say you want to cruise the bike paths on a bike that lets you sit upright in a comfortable position. That calls for a different frame size, bike type and fit approach than, say, a time-trial racer who needs a more aggressive position for optimum aerodynamics and speed.
Better Bike Parts Can Be Adjusted
Beyond frame size, other components of a bike also contribute greatly to a good fit. Take saddles, for instance. What's the best height for your saddle? How far forward or back of center is your correct saddle position? The tilt of the saddle is also adjustable. Other factors to know more about include: stem length and height; crankarm length; and, what width and shape of handlebars work best for you.
No Matter Where You Bought Your Bike, Great Fit Starts Here
We love helping our customers get the right fit. And if you didn’t buy your bike from us, worry not. Just bring your bike in for a complimentary review of the fit basics so you know what changes, if any, you might want to consider. We look forward to seeing you.
Fitting Services Pricing:
*Free 30-Day follow ups included with all fitting services. After 30 days regular rates apply.
Bicycle Fittings are performed by John Peterson. John is a certified Specialized BG Fitter and has completed seminars by Michael Slyvester. John has over 5 years fitting experience along with over a a decade of racing mountain, road, and cyclo-cross bikes.
New Bike Services
bikebarn is happy to offer a year of FREE Tune-Ups on all New bicycle purchases. Tune-Ups are vey important during the first year to help set you and your bicycle on the right path to ensure happy riding for years to come. Tune-Ups are $45-$60 after the first year and are a great way to avoid costly repairs and make sure you are getting the most out of our bicycle.
*FREE tune-ups for the first year do NOT include drivetrain cleaning!