Bicycle Fitting Part I: Introduction to Bike Fitting

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Proper bike fit is essential for ergonomic comfort and biomechanical efficiency. Experimenting with one’s own fit can be expensive, time consuming, and may even cause pain or injury. Even after selecting the proper type and size of bicycle (the first and most important step) there are many adjustments that can make the difference between misery and joy. Not everyone has the resolve to endure misery for the sake of recreation and discomfort inevitably interferes with the performance of competitive riders as well.  Regardless of your cycling goals, your friendly neighborhood bike fitting specialists can help you to be happier with your bicycle.

Please note the fact that ‘speed’ and ‘power’ are not on this list. ‘Efficiency’ can be used in different ways, depending on one’s physiology and cycling goals. Some riders want to get to work without sweating as much. Some riders want to get there faster with the same amount of effort. Even if speed is not a priority, very few riders actually want to work harder to go slower, and virtually nobody wants to ride in pain (masochists need not apply). At the end of the day, bike fitting is about removing limitations, and allowing each rider to get the most out of their own cycling experience.

At R2 Bicycles in Seattle, we utilize a combination of science, technology and art to dial in your optimal fit, whether for a joy ride around the lake, commuting to/from work, STP, triathlon, all disciplines of bike riding or for racing.

Science: R2 Bicycles is located within a Seattle physical therapy clinic – talk about having the knowledge base of biomechanists to be in the know with regard to the body on the bike!

Technology: R2 Bicycles utilizes the GURU DFU bike fit experience for most of its bike fits and utilizes pressure mapping as needed to dial in saddle issues.

Art: The bike fitter at R2 Bicycles has many certifications from various bike fit schools, along with years of fitting experience without and with the GURU.

Stay tuned for Part II of our blog: Diving into the Science of Bike Fitting in Seattle at R2 Bicycles.

Contact Sam Wheeler R2 Bicycles (206) 783-8338 or email to schedule your next Seattle bike fit.


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919022 Aurora Ave N. Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98133