Custom Fitting

Why we do personalized bike fitting

Here at Montlake Bicycle Shop we want every cyclist to enjoy riding. Cycling involves a combined interaction of rider and equipment; the bike should feel like an extension of the body. Since cycling is a learned skill, an individual may not choose the best position or technique, just as one may not naturally grip and swing a golf club properly.

What is the ideal fit?

The ideal fit is complete comfort. It facilitates efficiency of movement and the ability to generate power and speed. It allows you to easily breathe and deliver oxygen to your muscles. In the proper position on the right bike, you can effectively balance, stabilize and easily handle the bike. The body and bike become one. Every cyclist deserves to be comfortable on his or her bike and a bike fit makes that happen.

How do you achieve the ideal fit?

At Montlake Bicycle Shop our fit technicians understand that every cyclist is unique. You bring your personal blue print to the bike determined by your specific history: lifestyles, goals, fitness level, body type, flexibility, range of motion, riding experience, past injuries, and current physical concerns. The Montlake fit technician will work with you to achieve a position that allows you to meet your goals, while taking into consideration your abilities and limitations. The on-bike positioning begins at the feet and travels up the body to the hands. We apply principles of physiology and bio mechanics to tailor a position just for you.

What you need

  • The appointment can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours
  • Wear clothing that is comfortable for you when riding on a stationary trainer
  • We can fit any type of bicycle. You are welcome to bring in your own bike(s)
  • If you are looking to buy a bike, the fitting will provide you with valuable measurements on a fit sheet. This information can be used to measure what size and position of bicycle works best for you

Custom Built Bicycles

We offer custom built bicycles from Gunnar Bicycles. Each frame is custom fit and custom made to the cyclist specifications. This process takes into account fit of the frame, but also how it performs, feels, and rides. Montlake Fit Technicians train regularly to keep up to date on the most current fit techniques.

Interested in a Custom Fitting?

Give us a call, or send us an email. We’re happy to provide more information, or schedule an appointment for a custom fitting at our store.