A Balanced Bike Fit is Key to Optimizing Your Cycling Performance
For every rider, good balance can be achieved by finding the optimal saddle height, adjusting the saddle's horizontal position, achieving a proper reach from the saddle to the handlebars, and optimizing handlebar height relative to saddle height. Some factors that can affect these critical adjustments include a rider's body measurements, age, weight, gender, flexibility, riding history, & chronic ailments.
Grace Bicycles uses theRetül 3D motion capture systemand bike fit methodology, the same system adopted by pro teams like Radio Shack and Garmin-Chipotle. Grace Bicycles ownerRoy Cervantesis the only Retül fitter in Massachusetts certified by Retül University. At Grace Bicycles, we offer several levels of bike fit:
After years of faithful service, P.C. set aside his Raleigh road bike for this custom I.F. Crown Jewel SE. After a positional fitting, P. went through the bike design process with us talking about aesthetics, component selection, and ride characteristics. Built with a steel tubeset picked for his weight and riding style, P.'s new bike has enabled him to ride farther, faster, with greater comfort and power economy.
Custom Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel SE in Midnight Blue Metallic
His feedback: "Amazing. I will never own another bike." For more photos of this and other IF's we've built, click here.
Riding with Grace
For Optimum Comfort, Check Your Road Bike Handlebar Width - Surprisingly, with all the attention paid to road bike seat height and stem length, handlebar width is often overlooked. Unfortunately, bars that are too narrow can leave you feeling cramped, contribute to numbness in your hands and cause difficulty breathing. And, bars that are too wide can make you feel stretched out and can also contribute to hand numbness. The handlebars that come stock on most bikes get wider as the frame size gets larger. Consequently, if you are tall with narrow shoulders or short with wide shoulders, and you did not change the width of your handlebar, it's possible that you're a candidate for a change. If you question how your handlebars fit, we can help.
The rubber or vinyl "covers" placed on the ends of upright handlebars. Besides making it more comfortable to hold onto the bars, they cover the ends, which prevents puncture wounds should you fall and land on the bar end.