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
Don’t Assume It’s Safe – Sadly, many bicycles are stolen from the backs of hatchback vehicles, trucks with cabs and vans. You think your bike is safe because the vehicle is locked. Yet, thieves know that they can easily violate the car lock to steal the bike. So, we recommend locking your bike to something inside the car so that even if they break in, they won’t get your bike. Also, keep a blanket or sheet inside the car to cover your bike with. If it’s out of sight, it’ll probably be out of thieves’ minds, too.
Cycling Glossary - Word of the Day
Taylor, Major –
Marshall Taylor (nicknamed "Major"), was the second internationally famous African American professional athlete and arguably the best American cyclist, ever. Though he was regularly bullied by racist competitors who ganged up to defeat him; restricted by race promoters who allowed only white racers; and even harassed by death threats, Taylor excelled becoming world and American champion in 1899, setting many world records and receiving a $10,000-a-year salary.