How a bike fits is one of the most important reasons to buy a particular bike. If a bike is comfortable you will want to ride; if not you won't. Old Town Bicycle uses the best tools in the industry to make sure your bike fits correctly.
We believe in a very dynamic fit between rider and bike. One size does not fit all and we are here to help you get the most comfort and performance out of your bike. Whether it is a Road, Mountain, Triathlon, Time Trial or anything else. We will make you more comfortable and increase your performance.
We even offer a 30 day guarantee. If we don't fit you correctly and we cant fix the problem we will give you your money back! How's that for confidence in our fit program?
Body Geometry Fit Integration
Technology has been developed by the world’s leaders in bicycle fitting
expertise, none other than Dr. Andy L. Pruitt Director of Boulder Center
for Sports Medicine and bio-mechanics and time trial specialists Todd Carver.
Andy has over 30 years of experience in making bicycle fitting a science
and is responsible for the elite of elites, athletes such as Lance Armstrong,
Floyd Landis, Peter Reid, 3-time World Ironman along with hundreds of professional
cyclist and thousands of everyday riders.
Do you want to prevent
cycling related injuries?
Pedaling a bicycle is a very repetitive motion. It is not uncommon for cyclists
to accumulate over 5000 revolutions in 1 hour of riding. During your bike
fit our fit technician will review your medical history, flexibility and
take into account your cycling goals and any potential physical problems
while adjusting your bike. Your seat height, fore-aft position, cleats and
wedge placement (if needed) will be adjusted to help reduce injury potential
and improve your position on the bike. Adjustments to your stem and handlebars
may also be made. Recommendations for other changes (bars, stems, etc.)
may also be discussed.
Do you have a cycling
Correct body posture on the bike can prevent injury, eliminate pain, make
cycling more enjoyable and even improve performance. Clients first undergo
a medical evaluation to pinpoint any potential problems, such as previous
injuries, current pain and strength and flexibility inequalities. Afterwards,
our specially trained staff members evaluate the client on their own bike.
Measurements are taken and adjustments are made to the bike. Recommendation
for other changes may also be discussed, as well as potential medical follow-up
including specific stretches and/or exercises to help reduce pain while
Rule number one:
Bike fit is a marriage between the bicycle and the rider. If the two are
incompatible, the marriage will fail. The bike can be adjusted to the riders
anatomy in multiple ways, such as moving the saddle up and down or changing
the stem. The body can be adjusted only in minor ways, such as with a carefully
designed stretching program. This leads us to the second rule.
Rule number two:
Make the bike fit the body, don’t make the body fit the bike. It is
easy to adjust the bike, but difficult to stretch or contort the body into
some preconceived “ideal” or “pro” position. For
example, long legs coupled with a short torso and arms require a bike with
a relatively short top tube/stem combination, which is referred to as reach.
Stubby legs and most of the height in the torso requires a bike with a long
top tube and stem. Forget what your favorite pro rider looks like…unless
their body is a carbon copy of yours (which it’s not). Make your bike
reflect you, not your hero.
Rule number three:
Dynamic fit is better than static fit. This means that fit while pedaling
the bike needs to be considered when fine tuning things such as saddle height
and cleat position. Static formulas for deciding saddle height are only
starting points. They must be overruled with dynamic findings, such as observing
the rider on a trainer.
A pedaling rider is constantly
moving on the bike. A rider actually rises slightly from the saddle with
every down stroke. So, ideal saddle height is different when one is pedaling
compared to just sitting motionless. The degree of ankling (how much the
ankle articulates through the pedal stroke) also plays a role in saddle
height. There is nothing wrong with static bike fit formulas as a starting
place, but for a proper fit, it is critical to observe the rider while pedaling.
This bike fit approach aids our
experts in analyzing your cycling gait in real time. This method is used
to analyze motion in 3 dimensions using specific reference points and various
angles for viewing specific anatomic landmarks, which allows our technicians
to accurately analyze cycling gait. This information is then used to make
appropriate changes to the bike. These changes can greatly improve performance,
prevent injuries and make cycling more enjoyable
Rule number four:
Cycling is a sport of repetition. A cadence of 90 revolutions per minute
is approximately 5000 revolutions per hour. A six-hour century would require
30,000 pedal revolutions. Every pedal stroke is almost identical, so it
needs to be in the safest position to allow for this sort of repetitive
activity. A saddle that is 5 millimeters too low on a six-hour century can
lead to major knee problems over time. Because of this, the most important
bike fit for a cyclist is the first one, to assure a long, comfortable,
healthy cycling career.
It should be noted that our bodies change on a regular basis, therefore,
bike fit is not static in its nature, but is dynamic throughout our cycling
lives. Your position today is significantly different than it was earlier
in your life. We should not expect the novice cyclist beginning their cycling
career at middle age to be able to perform comfortably in an aggressive
race position. Many people are entering cycling as a sport on the heels
of an injury from another sport, and those injuries need to be addressed
in their position on the bike.
Once you understand these four rules and reasons, you will begin to see
how our fit method uniquely caters to the cyclist’s individual attributes
to maximize their comfort and performance on the bike.