Bicycle Fit Fits Into Number One

For everyone buying a bicycle there are a lot of factors to consider. What kind of bicycle do I need? What companies should I consider? Does it have everything I want? So what’s the most important question to ask? According to the Chicago Tribune it’s “How does it fit?”

Yes now that spring is upon us in full blast people will inevitably be visiting local bike shops and chain stores looking for a bike to ride this season, and according to Emily Furia, a senior editor at Bicycling magazine and editor of Bicycling’s Big Book of Cycling “The fit is more important than the brand or the type of bicycle.” I tend to agree with her.

Down at the bike rescue, yes I serve two masters, we ask people what kind of riding they do to assess what bike will fit their needs best. I won’t however send someone out of our doors with a bike that does not fit them. I would rather someone have a bike that kind of fits their needs then one that does not fit their knees. Even if we will get money out of the deal if they are hurting because the frame is too big or too small for them they are not going to have fun and probably abandon the bicycle.

So anyway if you are buying a bicycle this season go for fit. Hell, if you can find one you like too that fits you just fine go for that. You will be happier in the long run.

Written by Chris Belsole

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One response to “Bicycle Fit Fits Into Number One

  1. Jeff levin

    Some shops are using a “Laser” fitting machine. Has anyone tried it? If so, how does it work? Is it worth the trouble or is the old fashioned way of trial and error still valid?

    Anyone know where the machines are?

    jeff L.

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