Pro Bike Fitting Makes All the Difference
What is a Bike Fit and Why Is It Important?
Bicycles are intricate pieces of equipment. Engineers from aeronautics, materials, and bio-mechanics work together to make bicycles that are continually lighter, faster and stronger. But the bottom line is that your ability to ride a bicycle efficiently is based in large part on how well the bike fits you. Lori Hoefer, Pacific's bike fitter has been fitting for 20 years and is regarded as one of the best in the country.
The fit process begins with a discussion of the athletes’ cycling goals, other activity participation, injury history, existing issues or discomforts while cycling, nutrition and fitness maintenance practices. Next a bio-mechanical assessment of the rider is completed to determine flexibility, end range of motion in the hamstrings and hip flexors, core stability, and joint tracking. Once the fit begins, incremental changes are made by the fitter using the information collected during the interview, the physical assessment and the empirical data generated from the CompuTrainer and Guru DFU. The end result is determining the ideal position based on flexibility, power, efficiency, and comfort level.
The process takes anywhere from 1.5 hours to 3 hours with a large portion of the time riding inside on a Guru DFU (Dynamic Fit Unit) while Lori reviews, makes changes, and reviews again – as many times as needed to get the fit perfect. This time is an opportunity for Lori to instruct on proper posture, pedal skills and learning the intricacies of being on a bike.
Lori is a 20 year veteran of the bicycle industry and has worked in every facet of the industry including manufacturing, retail sales and global sales. Lori was a founding team member of the Serotta Professional Bike Fit School and worked for Signature Cycling for over 7 years. She was a competitive racer for 15 years and in 2002 was nationally ranked as the #2 Master Women’s Rider (40 – 45).
*All fittings are done by appointment only and we book about two weeks in advance, longer for weekends and evenings. Please be sure to bring cycling or triathlon clothing that is form fitting, yet comfortable. You will be pedaling and will be exerting energy to make sure that the fit is dynamic and as realistic to the outside world as possible. Fittings can take more than the allotted time ( 2 hours for road and 3 hours tri), please keep this in mind when scheduling an appointment with us.
Basic Road Bike Fit (existing or new bike)- $250 Riding a bike should NOT be uncomfortable. Pacific Cycling & Triathlon fitters work in collaboration with the rider to put them in the optimal position on the bike. This includes the bike fit process as described above with adjustments made to seat position, cockpit length and height and cleat setup.Requires 1.5 hours - 2 hours and includes setting up the cleats and all aspects of the bike.
Tri/TT Bike Fitting (existing or new bike)- $350
Custom Bike Fitting- $375
Cleat Fitting- $95
*All fittings are done by appointment only. Please be sure to bring cycling or triathlon clothing that is tight, yet comfortable. The rider will be pedaling on a trainer and will be exerting energy to make sure that the fit is dynamic and as realistic to the outside world as possible. Fittings can take more than the allotted time ( 2 hours for road and 3 hours tri), please keep this in mind when scheduling an appointment with a Pacific Cycling & Triathlon fitter.