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A proper fit can mean all the difference in how you feel before, during, and after a ride. For competitive purposes, a proper fit allows an athlete to harness all the mechanical advantages of his/her bicycle to result in a greater power output and ultimately, greater performances and results. A proper fit also helps to establish safety on your bicycle, whether you are racing or simply cruising around the block with your friends or family. Chronic cycling injuries to your back, neck, shoulders, wrists, ankles, knees, and feet are commonly associated with improper fit and can have a long-term impact on how those body parts function on or off the bike. Furthermore, comfort is always important so that you can ride your bike knowing that you are enjoying it and feel that you are in total control throughout the ride.
The following diagram illustrates the relationship of Fit in terms of Safety, Comfort, and Performance, and how all 3 elements can exist at one time, but at varying degrees. Our goal is to get as close to the “Sweet Spot” as possible.
Many philosophies on bicycle fitting exist. There is no single solid fit solution for every cyclist because some fit protocols are very calculation-based, while others focus on flexability and performance orientation. Two cyclists with the same height, weight, physiology, and muscular-skeletal make-up will fit differently on the same bike by a difference as minor as shoe size or as major as a previous nagging knee injury. Ultimately, customer feedback becomes a critical part of the fit process; therefore, Pure Energy will work with you even after the initial fit and bicycle set-up to suggest follow-up adjustments.