Is more than just a bike fit—it's a way to learn about your body, the root cause of your aches & pains, and how a proper fit will help you achieve your goals
To get the best riding experience on any terrain, you need to find your unique active riding position. This position will help you climb faster, descend more confidently, and ride with less fatigue. This is achieved in conjunction with a trained RETUL Fit Specialist who has a complete understanding of your unique biomechanics and experience. RETUL FIT is the most complete system to help you become one with your bike.
THE PRINCIPALS OF THE RETUL FIT
Bike fit is a marriage between the bicycle and the rider.
If the two are incompatible, the marriage will fail. There is an important qualifier to this rule. The bike can be adjusted to the rider’s anatomy in multiple ways, such as moving the saddle up or down or changing the stem. The body can be adjusted only in minor ways, such as with a carefully designed stretching program.
Make the bike fit the body; don’t make the body fit the bike.
It is easy to adjust the bike, but difficult to stretch or contort the body into some preconceived “ideal” or “pro” position. For example, long legs coupled with a short torso and arms require a bike with relatively short top tube/stem combination, which is referred to as reach. Stubby legs and most of the height in the torso requires a bike with a long top tube and stem. Forget what your favorite pro rider looks like…unless their body is a carbon copy of yours.
Dynamic bike fit is better than static bike fit.
This means that fit while pedaling the bike needs to be considered when fine-tuning such things as saddle height and cleat position. Static formulas for deciding saddle height are only starting points. They must be overruled with dynamic findings, such as observing the rider on a trainer.
Cycling is a sport of repetition.
A cadence of 90 revolutions per minute is approximately 5000 revolutions per hour. A six-hour century would require 30,000 pedal revolutions. Every pedal stroke is almost identical, so it needs to be in the safest position to allow for this kind of repetitive activity. A saddle that is five millimeters too low on a six-hour century can lead to major knee pain problems over that time. Because of this, the most important bike fit for a cyclist is the first one, to assure a long, comfortable, healthy cycling career.
RETUL FIT is by appointment only. Things to know about the fit process:
- Please arrive promptly for your appointment. The RETUL Fit will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.
- Bring your riding shorts, jersey, socks, shoes and a water bottle for the fit.
- Most RETUL FIT will require the purchase of additional parts in order to properly complete the fit. This may include saddle, stem, handlebar, footbeds are not included in the RETUL FIT price.
- Parts installation require additional time and could incur additional labor charges.
Please contact us if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
NASHUA RETUL FIT SCHEDULE
ROAD/MTB/HYBRID RETUL FIT with 3D Motion Capture (Nashua only) - $325
AERO RETUL FIT (Triathlon or Time Trial) - add $50 to above prices.
We also offer the following bike fitting services:
RETUL FIT BICYCLE SIZING - $100
Saddle height is set for proper extension of the knee. Fore and aft position of the saddle is adjusted for proper knee alignment. Upper body position will also be assessed. Clipless pedals and cleats are installed in a neutral position. Time is then spent with the cyclist teaching the correct mechanics of engaging and disengaging from the pedal system.
REPLACEMENT CLEAT INSTALLATION - $15
Replacement of cleats in existing position on the shoe.
FOOT, CLEAT & PEDAL ANALYSIS - $25 (free with purchase of shoes and new cleats/pedals)
Optimizing cleat position is crucial to minimize stress through your knees and maximize power output. There are so many options for the foot/pedal relationship that there's no reason to accept unwanted stress. We will position your cleat in the most optimal position as well as adjust proper spring tension.
REPLACEMENT SADDLE INSTALLATION - $25
Purchasing a new saddle is more than just picking one out and throwing it on your bike. We'll take the necessary measurements of your existing saddle position and then make the transfer to the new saddle so that your overall position isn't changed.