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 where you get a good view of the scenery. That calls for a different frame size, bike type and fit approach than a time-trial racer who needs to be positioned for optimum aerodynamics and speed. At our bike shop, we make sure to customize each bike to fit your exact cycling needs.
How well your bicycle fits you determines a lot. It can be the difference between comfort and pain, fast and slow, safe and unsafe.
Proper fitting starts with selecting the right size bike frame. Most of our bikes are not one-size-fits-all. Instead, our bikes 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 between different manufacturers, our experts can help you determine the ideal range of sizes that would offer you the best match for 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. This simply has to be taken into account when fitting for a bike, otherwise you run the risk of getting severely injured.
Beyond frame size, other components of a bike also contribute greatly to a good fit. Take seats, for instance. What's the best height for your bike seat? How far forward or back of center is your correct seat position? The tilt of the seat 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. This may seem like a lot of a bike, but trust the professionals at Park Ave Bike Shop. We will ensure you're riding safely while still having fun.
We love helping our customers get the right fit. Even if you didn’t buy your bike from us, we will still take care of you. 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!