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
Protect That Derailleur - To prevent costly repairs, always remember that the rear derailleur is fragile: protect it. This is worth emphasizing because there are many times that the derailleur is at risk, such as during flat-tire repair, while shipping a bike -- even when parking. All it takes is the bike falling over for the rear derailleur to get hit and bent. Usually, we can fix the damage with special alignment tools. And, you can avoid such downtime. Think of your derailleur as a delicate object. Watch out for it.
Cycling Glossary - Word of the Day
(Say: S - P - D or spud) - Shimano's brand of clipless pedals. They're so popular that some cyclists refer to all clipless pedals as "SPDs," or "spuds."