At Chevin Cycles we believe in the perfect fit.
Our Precision Fit services are dedicated to getting you the most from your bike, whatever your style or level of riding. Specially tailored to suit the needs of our clients we at Chevin Cycles have designed a range of fitting options to cater for all. Whether you are about to embark on the adventure of your first road bike or just want to take your riding to the next level we have a fit for you.
Your position on the bike is crucial to both your efficiency on the bike and equally important, your enjoyment. If you are riding along in constant pain this does not have to be the case, small changes to your position will make big changes to the feel of a bike! Many people will spend lots of time and money on bikes they never have set up and so will never get the full potential from. They will make many tweaks and changes to their position over weeks, months and years but never feel like they quite have it right. A Precision Fit from Chevin Cycles will set the position of the bike optimally for YOU. Every person is so unique they must be assessed on an individual basis to determine their ideal position. Whilst there are many "Rule of Thumb" sizing and fit suggestions these all generalise far too much and therefore none of these will get you anywhere near the degree of getting a full fit. Nobody is exactly alike, so there can be no standard formula to determine your position.
Here at Chevin Cycles we can help. If you want to get the most from your bike, or are experiencing any aches, pains and niggles a Precision Fit is for you. Anyone from a first time road cyclist to seasoned race veterans to weekend cafe riders can benefit from the right fit! Please see below for more details on the different levels of service we offer and how to get yourself booked in for a fit or contact us if you have any more questions!
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Q: What is a bike fit?
A: A bike fit is a process of first determining an ideal position for a rider based on physical abilities and desires from their riding and then setting up a bike to allow them to achieve that position. The Interview and assessment stages of a fit prior to even touching the bike are arguably the most important, as until it is known what the rider is capable of and actually wants to do with the bike we cannot decide how they should be positioned! There are many different levels of service available offering different levels of fit that are more suited to different aspects of riding. For more information on these please refer to our bike fitting pages to read the differences in these fits.
Q: Who should have a bike fit?
A: A bike fit is beneficial for everybody. Regardless of your level of riding or how long you have been riding for you would stand to benefit from a fit. Whether it is to improve your comfort or performance or even aerodynamics a bike fit is the answer. Different levels of the services will obviously suit some of these aspects more than others but everyone can benefit from one style of fit! To help decide which fit is for you please refer to our fitting page where more details of the benefits of each level are explained.
Q: Can I have a bike fit on any bike?
A: Yes! There are no real constraints to the style of bike as to the possibilities of fitting it to the rider. Obviously different styles of riding will require different positions, yet the fitting process itself will still follow similar lines! From time trials to cross country to commuting a bike fit will allow the rider to sit in the optimum position for their given discipline. Some bikes are more adjustable than others regarding obtaining this position yet we can work with most bikes to get as close as possible to the ideal position for the rider. The only exception would be potentially full suspension bikes where the benefits of a fit become arguably less beneficial due to the dynamic nature of the riding stance and also how much the bike moves beneath the rider making the position on the bike far less fixed.
Q: Why does it cost so much?
A: A bike fit is a very in depth process and can last in excess of 4 hours. As so the cost of our fits often equate to less per hour than some of the cheaper alternatives that last only half an hour. Having this length of time allows us to go into far greater detail of the riders background and ensure the position we are obtaining really is the optimum for the rider and not just a set of average ideals from list. With a Chevin Cycles Precision Fit you can be sure the position is unique and ideal to just you giving you the absolute most from your .
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: All we need from you is your usual riding kit, ideally wearing shorts rather than tights, shoes to ride in and your bike with pedals attached. Depending on the level of fit the process may be done on the jig instead of your bike but we will still need the bike to put the ideal position we have decided upon onto. You will also receive a free drinks bottle with all our fits (other than a bike setup) so you can stay well hydrated during the fitting process. You will receive an automated e-mail to remind you of this 2 days prior to your booking.
Q: What is a fitting jig?
A: A fitting jig is a tool used by a fitter to allow the ideal bike position to be determined. It means during the fit we are not constrained by the dimensions of a bikes frame and do not have to spend time changing parts to see how they alter the position. It also allows the position to be altered whilst riding to give a much easier comparison for the rider between changes in position. A fitting jig is especially useful to help chose the correct frame size and geometry to match a rider before purchasing a bike/frame to match best with their ideal position. We can do this by getting to the position first on the jig and then working back from these measurements to see which of the available frame sizes and models from various manufacturers will allow this position to fit best.
Q: Isn't it just part of cycling that it aches to ride?
A: No! There is a distinct difference between ache through muscle use and pain caused through excess pressure or over stretching muscles to positions they are unable to attain safely. Whilst riding below your threshold limit riding should be comfortable and ideally pain free! Once above this limit where muscles are lactating they will fatigue much faster and will start to burn, but this pain is not the same as the bike position causing discomfort. Also being in the correct position in the bike will aid the removal of this lactate quicker once back to below your threshold limit! In short cycling will hurt if you push yourself to your limits, but that is not the same as the bike causing pain. A bike fit will help alleviate pain caused by the bike itself.
Q: What is the difference between 'fitting' and 'sizing'?
A: Being sized for a bike is a short, simple process to determine the frame that is best suited to your size. This does not take into account much in the way of your riding style or history and even less in the way of your capabilities on the bike. It will invariable get you onto the correct size of frame, but will not get this frame set up much beyond moving the saddle slightly up or down for you. A fitting is a much more in depth process that takes you as a person and decides where you should ideally be positioned whilst riding and then brings the bike around to let you naturally sit in that position with the bike. Whilst most places will offer a sizing process on the shop floor, being fitted takes this to the next level to ensure you are in the ideal place whilst riding to optimise what you want from your bike!
Q: Will it make me faster?
A: It certainly can. If this is your primary aim from a fit to improve performance and increase speed whilst riding we can certainly work with you towards this goal. We can happily offer advice on how best to improve your riding technique along with the position of your bike beneath you to help get those extra Watts you need to help you compete! Even if performance is not the sole aim of your fit, being fitted will often make the position of the bike more efficient to the point you will notice performance gains anyway! A real win-win for someone looking for extra comfort on the bike.
Q: Why do I need follow ups?
A: Bike fitting is an ongoing process. We will get you to your ideal position on the day of your fit, but over the course of time you and your body will change. You will get stronger/weaker on the bike, more/less flexible, your cycling goals and aims will change; the list goes on. So the version of you in a year's time will not necessarily require the same bike position. Follow ups allow us to reassess things and check up that everything is as it should be on the bike. You appreciate your bike wears and get things serviced yearly so why not your body as well? We recommend looking at yearly follow ups to ensure everything is still working as it should on the bike and to keep on top of anything that may develop on the bike before it becomes an issue.
Q: I have a specific injury, can a bike fit help?
A: A bike fit can help to reduce pressure on certain areas by using others around it to help with support. So yes, a bike fit can often help with specific injuries. Whilst it may not be what you require to cure this injury Physiotherapists and Doctors will often advise getting a fit to ensure nothing is antagonised during your recovery period. There are lots of solutions available on a bike to help keep you balanced and comfortable, getting you back on the road as soon as possible!
Q: My ache still persist after my fit, what can I do?
A: Talk to us! Whilst this is not something we often find, bike fitting is an ongoing process and requires some feedback from the rider after getting out on the road. We are here to help and if you've had a fit from us we are happy to look into anything that may occur post-fit to ensure your position is not causing any discomfort. You will be given the contact details from your fitter at Chevin Cycles during your fit who you can contact to arrange with you a convenient time to come back in for them to further assess you and the bike!
Q: I had a fit years ago, will I benefit anything from another fit?
A: You certainly will. A person's body will change over the course of years and so too their ideal riding position. Injuries, stepping up your level of riding, aging, all of these things cause drastic changes to your body and over the course of years will leave you with different requirements of your bike. Whilst we encourage regular follow ups to keep on top of any changes you may require if you've been riding the same position for years there is a good chance this is no longer the ideal position from you. You may well be very used to this position and feel it suits you well, but would more than likely notice positive benefits of some adjustments to help you get to your ideal position.
Q: Can I have a bike fit to help me chose a bike?
A: Definitely, having a bike fit prior to buying a bike is actually a very smart way of doing things. Using a fitting jig to determine your ideal riding position first will then allow your fitter to calculate a bike that is going to suit that position best for you. All bikes come with different geometries as well as sizes, so by having a fit first, we can help you chose a frame shape and size perfect for you!
The results were fantastic I can now produce more power for the same effort.Jamie Williams - Triathelete
made all the difference. It’s just a shame I left it for 30 years before having one.Fiona Hoare - The Triathlon Coach
I can now get more weight over the pedals to help generate powerRob Watson - Elite Racer
I have been so impressed I have gone back to have bike fits on my other two bikesPaul Palmer - Cyclist