Getting a bike fitting is a process many cyclists think of as a do it yourself project. This train of thought leads to many cyclists riding in pain or discomfort along with not riding to their full potential. The science of fit technology has advanced from the days of a tape measure and a level to now use 3D motion capture and data sets. This advanced method allows the measurements to be captured during the actual riding process. In the past, the only way to measure a rider was when they were not moving. Measurements in this method revealed very little about how the body reacted to a position in motion, resulting in inaccurate fits.
Primal has had our own 8 member team get fit for their new BH Cristal bikes at the Retul Fit Studio in Denver, Colorado. The fit experts conducted Retul 3D motion and power analysis on the riders to correctly position their bikes. A member of the team, Nicole Evans, had a chance to reflect on the fit process:
My experience with Retul started at Interbike. Overjoyed to take the guesswork out of choosing the right women’s specific frame size (traditionally coming from men’s frames), I met Todd at his Retul booth where he used “The Zin” to take measurements off my 2010 race bike and recommend the proper BH Cristal frame size.
Retul opened its studio for the day to Primal/Map My Ride Women’s Cycling Team at the beginning of January. Team members received BH Cristal’s and went straight to fitting before any training since proper fit is a key component to providing optimal racing and training. Each cyclist had Todd and Mat’s undivided attention as they used Retul’s motion 3D capture bike fit system.
I’ve had a good number of bike fits – static measurement fits that is… Retul offered the first fit where I actually sweated while collecting power data from different bike positions in order to set up the best one. I left Retul Studio with fit improvements and confidence in more powerful and comfortable bike positions. The most stress-free fitting I have experienced and know I will be grateful all 2011 season long.