Should I get a bike fit?

The whole point of a bike fit is to make you sit more comfortably (which will let you ride for longer) and to help you ride more efficiently. The transmission between the motor and the bike if you will.

The fitting system that Jesse at Bushtukah uses is called Retül. The system was developed in Boulder Colorado a hot bed of cycling science. Retül is one of the go to systems available today as it uses 3D motion capture to dynamically measure your body angles while you are peddling. Typically most professionals and avid cyclists/triathletes choose a Retül fitter because of the stellar reputation for both the technology and the education they provide their fitters. In addition to Retül, Jesse has also studied with Bike Fit Systems and Trek Precision Fit.

The whole process is very thorough and takes about two to three hours to complete. We first take you through a pre-fit interview and flexibility assessment to gauge where you’re at and to see what problems might exist that will need to be taken into consideration. You may not even be aware of some of the problems. For example, one legs may be found to be considerably shorter than the other, or perhaps we’ll identify flexibility issues you were not aware of.

A good portion of the whole bike fit process is working on the cleat position and finding the right insole. These small adjustments are what gets your legs tracking perfectly straight. You can clearly see with Retül’s depth tracking as it shows exactly the travel your knee experiences. Small adjustments to the cleat can make all the difference between having an awkward knee jerk hitting the toptube and your legs firing up and down like pistons.

One of the biggest mistakes that bike fitters see is that many people’s saddles are just wrong. At Bushtukah we use a tool from Bontrager called the PAT (Pressure Analysis Tool) that can accurately identify specific issues with your saddle and it’s position.

After the cleats and saddle are correctly set up, we then look at the rest of your position on the bike, diligently dealing in your position to ensure comfort, power, and efficiency.

At the end of the process you get a detailed final report of your before and after positions, your exact measurements of the final bike fit, imagery and a heap of other useful information you can take with you.

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