We are very excited to offer Retul Bike Fits provided by Brett Hungerford, owner of Element Cycles. Brett is SICI and Retul Fit certified, and is one of the best bike fitters in the Cincinnati area.
WHAT IS A FIT AND WHY GET IT DONE?
In a very brief summary, a properly fit bike will be more efficient and comfortable for you. One of the biggest misconceptions of bike fitting is that it only benefits a racer, but this just is not true. If you are a recreational rider or even just starting out, a properly fit bike will allow you to enjoy riding more. Another misconception about riding is that it should hurt a little, which again is not true. A properly fit bike will not cause you any pain other than a good muscle burn in your legs.
We use the only true 3D motion capture system specifically designed for bike fitting, called Retul. In essence it is a series of LED lights that will be placed on your leg and arm joints to accurately and dynamically capture what your body is doing while on the bike at power. Then the proprietary software will quickly crunch those numbers and provide us with a long list of data points to determine where we have to move your contact points to provide you with the most efficient and comfortable proper riding position.
THE FIT PROCESS:
We will use an existing bike of yours, or one of our stock bikes, to optimize your position within the constraints of your bio mechanics and specific riding goals.
The fit process always starts with a conversation between us about your riding habits, goals, injuries, other sports, and usually drifts off into so other areas as we get to know each other. The next step is a brief physical assessment of your specific flexibility and bio mechanics. Now the fun part - we attach the LED lights to your joints and take an initial capture of where you are currently. From here we can analyze the data and determine a plan to meet your goals.
The biggest difference in the fits will be whether we are fitting you to your existing bike or for a new bike. With your existing bike we are limited by the existing geometry, but usually we can get something to work out well and that is what we are going for. If you are looking for a new bike, we have unlimited options to optimize your fit. The last step is to Zin your bike, or digitally measure it and save it in our database for reference on future fits.
All fits are done by appointment only. The first bike we fit is $200 and each additional bike is $125. A typical fit session lasts about an hour. If any new parts are needed, installation is included, and usually done while you are here. When we finish you and your bike will be ready to ride right away in your optimized position.