Professional Bike Fit At Element:  This is how we do it!

 

Yes, you are probably quite aware that your bike needs to fit you physically but what does that fit mean? 

 

When should you consider getting a professional bike fit done? 

 

-  One obvious answer is that you should get a professional bike fit done when you are getting a new bike.  

 

-  Retrofit Adjustment on an existing bike is another bike fit we perform.  When you are having recurring aches, pains and discomfort, these are things a professional bike fitter can also assess.  We address body alignment issues top to toes.  With a fit like this, it's not only important to understand your positioning but knowledge of bike geometry and key accessories are also critical.  Detailed and technical understanding of saddle styles, handlebar shapes and sizes, crank length and gearing are are critical factors in considering your comfort on a bike.  This is where the knowledge of an experienced professional bike fitter provides the best value for your money.

 

New Bike Fit

 

When you are buying your first triathlon or road bike, you might not know what a correctly fitted bike is supposed to feel like.  There are a lot of bike fit tools out there and a lot of experienced and inexperienced bike fitters around and it's difficult to tell where you should place your trust.   And we do realize that bike fit can be a dynamic thing during the training season as you get more fit and your body changes.  You may become more or less flexible over time and injuries can affect your fit.  Follow adjustments on a bike fit for the season are included with our standard bike fit.

 

Retrofit On Existing Bike


We frequently work with our customers to fine-tune the fit on existing bikes.  With a fit like this, it's not only important to understand your positioning but knowledge of bike geometry and key accessories are also critical.  Detailed and technical understanding of saddle styles, handlebar shapes and sizes, crank length and gearing are are critical factors in considering your comfort on a bike.  This is where the knowledge of an experienced professional bike fitter and a solid understand of bikes provides the best value for your money.
 
 

FIST Certified Bike Fit

 

We are a fully FIST certified shop and have been for 10 years now.  We are confident that FIST certification by itself differentiates Element from other shops.   And Cam, our prime bike fitter, has the experience of over 1000 bike fits under his belt.  You do the math and you'll figure that's a lot of hand-on bike fitting and that experience goes a long way.  That level of experience is something that can't be duplicated by anything but a lot of time, effort and working with our customers.  

 

FIST Certification definitely sets us up with a high level of credibility and it is very important to us as a shop with triathlon expertise.    And we don't want to in anyway downplay the value of the FIST bike fit protocol in its application to the fit for road bikes as well as triathlon bikes:  we strongly believe that FIST is a critical foundation to our philosophy.  Unlike traditional bike fit which commonly references the rider's body position relative to the  the bike (so it essentially positions the rider on the bike), FIST is based on rider ergonomics:  first find the position the rider wants to be in and then find the bike that fits that position.  FIST, like Element, puts the rider first.  We do use a dynamic fit bike to work with the customer in the bike fit process but we know that the fit is mostly about the rider, the customer, about you.  We use the fit bike to change the size and shape of the bike based on feedback from you.  You tell us based on what you are feeling, where you want to sit on the bike.  

 

The most important tool we use in the fit assessment is feedback from the customer, from you.  The cost and the time required for a bike fit will vary depending on the purpose of the bike fit.  In addition to the fit bike and our strong background in FIST bike fits, we also use photo capture techniques to record your fit "before" and "after" positions or to assess which bike ideally suits your position.  There are definitely many more bike fit options now than there were when we first opened but the quality of fit is driven by the fitter.  Because of this, we are extremely confident that the combination of the tools currently in our shop plus the years of hands-on experience give us an edge in bike fit expertise you won't find anywhere else.  

 

Here's What Our Customers Are Saying

"I had a really good fitting done by Cam, and the process took about 1 hour 1/2.  I absolutely love the bike I own as I am comfortable on it, which is why a thorough bike fit is important and cannot be rushed."

"I really liked my experience at Element. I was looking for a new bike, but I had very little knowledge of makes, models or if I wanted a tri/road bike. Cam spent almost 3 hours with me, looking at positioning, size and fit. . . . Cam set everything up to fit my needs and give me more tips to help with my lack of experience on a tri/road bike. The whole staff gave me a ton of information for riding, triathlons and safety. . .."

"Got my tri bike from here, the fit was perfect, costumer service is superb. Its worth the trip from Calgary to Edmonton."

"I just had a bike fitting and servicing. I have done this at other places and received good feedback but the detail and expertise from Cam at Element is second to none." 

 

 

 

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