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Grand Rapids Bicycle Company - Grand Rapids, MI

Fulton
1311 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 458-2200

Ada
597 Ada Dr SE
Ada, MI 49301
(616) 682-2453

East Paris
1200 E Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids MI, 49546
(616) 855-7467


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Monday-Friday: 10-6   |   Saturday: 10 - 4   |    Sunday: Closed

Email: info@grandrapidsbicycles.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bike Fitting

What is Bike Fitting? Why should I get fitted?

In short, getting a bike fit will help you identify the optimal riding position for you. This process should focus on optimizing for comfort, efficiency, and biomechanical health. Also, the fitting process can help you identify the best possible bicycle for you to purchase, in terms of geometry.

Bike fitting today consists of two things, a bike fitting expert and a methodology of fitting. Bike fitting has come a long way in the past two decades. Certain organizations have been pushing the envelope to develop fitting methodology that is biomechanically focused and takes a scientific approach to finding the optimal riding position for every cyclist. Comparing this to fitting 20 years ago, bike shops and coaches generally had been using methods that had been around for many years with little to no data to back up their validity. By working with a highly trained and experienced fitter you will be able to make improvements to your current position, prevent or reduce injury, and identify the optimal bicycle for you to ride.

Our fitters have been trained by those organizations with advanced bike fitting technology, operate from scientific-based protocol and have experience fitting all types of riders. Both fitters have two fitting certifications by top of the line fitting organizations, SlowTwitch (F.I.S.T protocol) and BikeFit“Together SlowTwitch and BikeFit offer the most comprehensive triathlon bike fit in the world.” - Paul Swift owner of BikeFit. 

Meet Our Fitters

Heather

Certified by Fit Institute Slowtwitch and Bikefit Systems. Heather has been honing her skills as a fitter at GRBC. With a background in the medical field she has an in-depth knowledge of physiology. Her combination of cerftifications and experience provide her with expertise in her fitting. 

 

GURU Fit Bike Information

Utilizing the third generation Guru Dynamic Fitting Unit (DFU) our fitter is able to manipulate your riding position while you are riding the bike. Essentially, this is a robotic bike run by servo motors that can manipulate your riding position while you ride the bike. This creates a huge advantage over having you spend time test riding bikes. This really starts to make sense when it takes about 10-15 minutes to adjust different parts of a real bicycle and you are likely to forget how the bike felt in comparison to the first position you rode after the changes have been made. Another incredible feature of the DFU is the level of precision of movement this tool allows, down to the millimeter in any direction. The third generation Guru DFU allows for many other adjustments, including quick changes of handlebar set ups, saddle choices, crank length adjustments, and even incline, you’ll be able to feel what your new bike feels like on hills.



Our options include:


Level 1

(No Existing Bikes)

(No Tri Bikes)

Level 2

Level 3

Price

(without purchase of bike at GRBC)

X

$250 Road or Mountain Bikes

$275 Triathlon Bikes

$350 Road or Mountain Bikes

$375 Triathlon Bikes

Price

(concurrent with purchase of bike at GRBC)


$100 Savings

$50

$150 Road or Mountain Bikes

$175 Triathlon Bikes

$250 Road or Mountain Bikes

$275 Triathlon Bikes

(Necessary custom bike builds)

Time

~1-1.5 Hours

~2-3 Hours

~3-4 Hours

Saddle Height and Position

X

X

X

Saddle Trials

2-3

4-6

Unlimited

Bar Height and Position

X

X

X

Component Specific Optimization*

Upon Request

Bar Width/Shape Reccomendation

X

X

X

Bar Width/Shape Optimization

Unlimited Trials

Unlimited Trials

Aerobar Fitting

X

X

Cleat Installation

X

X

X

Cleat/Pedal Interfacing**

X

X

Crank Length Recommendation

X

X

X

Crank Length Optimization          

Unlimited Trials

SpinScan Analysis

X

X

GURU Range of Right Motion Tracking Analysis***

+$50 Upon Request

+$50 Upon Request

X

FTP Power Test

Upon Request

Fit For Life Commitment****

X

X

X

Optimal Bike(s) Recommendation (GRBC Brand)

X

X

X

Optimal Bike(s) Recommendation

(Non-GRBC Brand)

+$20/Bike

+$20/Bike

+$20/Bike

Size Guarantee****

X

X

X

Fit Coordinate Documentation

X

X

X

Adjustment of Bicycle to Fit Coordinates

1 Bike

2 Bikes

3 Bikes

*Component Specific Optimization: Upon request we will put the components, which are reasonably available to GRBC, that you are planning to have on your bike onto the fit bike to have a more accurate feel during the fitting. i.e. The bike you are looking at purchasing has Shimano Ultegra shifters, which have a slightly different profile than the mechanical SRAM shifters on the fit bike bars, we will install them on the fit bike if they are available to us.

**Cleat/Pedal Interfacing is a process which helps align your feet with the rest of your body. With this process we can adjust for lateral, fore/aft, and rotational needs. Cleat/Pedal Interfacing can also address leg-length discrepancies and necessary cleat wedging solutions.  

***GURU Range of Right is a motion tracking program that allows a side view to analyze body angles in real time. Analysis of body angles in all cycling disciplines should not be sole driver of bike fitting. Full body angle analysis can be most helpful for triathlon bicycles in which the rider maintains a more static position throughout the duration of the ride.

***Fit for Life Commitment: After completing a fitting for a specific type of bike (i.e. Road vs Tri vs Mountain), we are committed to your comfort and performance in that position. This means that you have access to complimentary fit follow ups for life. A fit follow up can consist of extra time on the trainer on your bike with a fitter to new cleat/pedal recommendations or any positional changes needed to make the bike fit optimal.

****The Size Guarantee offered by Grand Rapids Bicycle Company is ONLY included if the bike is purchased and set up in the recommended position by a fitter at Grand Rapids Bicycle Company after completing a Basic, Standard or Advanced Fitting. If the position of the bike is altered in a manner other than the recommended position the guarantee is voided and Grand Rapids Bicycle Company will not honor the guarantee in any way.

 

To schedule a fit or to request more information please contact us at bikefit@grandrapidsbicycles.com. 

Available fit appointments are listed below, the times listed are flexible:

FAQ

“I’m a beginner cyclist, can I benefit from being fit?”

YES! Fitting can help set you up for success. You may not be looking to race but you are probably looking to feel comfortable and be efficient on your your new bike, getting a bike fit will make this possible. Especially as someone new to cycling you might have some reservations, let us walk with you through this process so that you are confident and comfortable on your new bike or on your existing bike! By working with a fitter you can be sure that the bike you end up buying will fit you and that you will greatly reduce the likelihood of causing injury to your body. You will feel great on your new bike from the very first ride.

“My toes go numb on most rides, can you fix this?”

This is a very common issue for most cyclists as our bodies are designed to move forward by walking, which involves a rotation of the foot, rather than how we move forward on a bike, by pushing downward. The Cleat/Pedal Interfacing process of the Standard Fit can address these issues and help alleviate the discomfort of your toes from going numb on your rides.

“What if I only fit expensive bikes?”

What is great about the current bike market and fitting is that you are not fit toward a price point, your position will correspond to a specific bicycle geometry. Bicycle manufacturers create bikes of a wide range of prices for each of their different geometries.

“I’m interested in custom bike geometry, is this a service you offer?”

Yes we currently work with Seven Cycles; a manufacturer that offers custom bike geometry builds in Titanium, Ti/Carbon Fiber, and Steel frames. Seven Cycles can customize the frame of your bike to be perfect for your fitting and beyond, any part of the bike that want you have customized, including paint, they can do it. Seven Cycles works with Road/Gravel/Cross/Mountain/Fat styles of bikes. (inquire about Triathlon)



 

STORE HOURS

MONDAY: 10:00 - 6:00
TUESDAY: 10:00 - 6:00
WEDNESDAY: 10:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY: 10:00 - 6:00
FRIDAY: 10:00 - 6:00
SATURDAY: 10:00 - 4:00
SUNDAY: Closed