A proper bike fit makes for the most comfortable bike ride possible. A professional bike fit by The Bike Rack will help optimize your power, comfort, efficiency and safety on the bike – and in some cases, avoid serious injury or making an existing injury worse. The right bike fit will benefit all types of riders – from recreational and competitive cyclists to multisport athletes, men and women.
To schedule a bike fitting appointment, please call the shop at 202-387-2453.
We schedule fitting appointments Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00 pm and on most Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
When you visit The Bike Rack for a professional bike fit, you will discover how much happens before you even get on your bike. Your professional bike fit begins with an interview with our SICI certified professional so that we can understand your cycling history, riding style and goals.
Every bike rider is unique, and so is every bike fit. We take the time to understand what’s going on with your body, taking into consideration past injuries and current issues with pain or discomfort.
Our Bike Fit options offer a variety of fit services to match your riding style and the type of bike that you ride. We understand that a proper bike fit involves the combination of specific tools and a trained professional who can spot real or potential problems throughout the fit process.
Below are the bike fit options we offer at The Bike Rack:
Perfect for when your schedule does not allow for a Custom Bike Fit. We will set your saddle height, saddle fore/aft, stem length, and more for a correct fit. We do not suggest this option for competitive cyclists or those with medical issues.
- Allow 1 hour – $75
Custom Bike Fit
Whether you ride for fun, transportation, fitness or competition – our professional fit service can help you feel better on your bike. We will conduct a complete interview followed by a series of tests for range of motion and flexibility. We will use a comprehensive rider/bicycle analysis to find your optimal riding position. This option is best for the cyclist who is experiencing more than just discomfort on the bike, and it can be accomplished on your current bike or if you are considering a new bike.
- Allow 1.5 to 2 hours – $175
Custom Bike Fit with Aero Bars (Installation Included)
This option is for a road bike with clip-on aero bars. We go through our complete Custom Bike Fit for a proper road bike fit. Simply adding aero bars on a road bike can result in an extremely stretched out position which can sacrifice comfort and control. We will install aero bars on your road bike and make adjustments to find your optimal aero position without sacrificing your optimal road position. (Price of Aero Bars not included)
- Allow 2 hours – $225
Custom Bike Fit for Multisport (TT Bike)
We will use our Custom Bike Fit process and take into consideration your preferred competition distance and any history of injuries to find your ultimate TT Bike position.
- Allow 2 to 2.5 hours – $250
We use the measurements from your initial bike fit and transfer them to your second bike or new bike.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Professional Bike Fit
Does the type of bike I have matter in the process? Bike fitting on a hybrid bicycle typically involves only the saddle height adjustment because the hybrid is made for comfort and an upright seating position. Outside of saddle height, there are only a couple of minor adjustments. Unless the cyclist is experiencing legitimate pain due to the riding position, a hybrid is not appropriate for a professional bike fit.
What if my bike is the wrong size for me? This often happens when a cyclist purchases a used bike, receives a “hand-me-down” bike, or is sold a bike by a salesperson who is more interested in selling a bike than selling the right bike. If a frame is one or two centimeters off, a bike fit can often help the cyclist to feel comfortable despite the frame size. If the frame size discrepancy is greater, there is not much hope for a bike fit correcting the problem.
How close to my ride or race should I get a bike fit? Following a professional bike fit, the cyclist needs to spend some time on the bike before they decide if the changes are right for them. It is common for the fit process to take a couple of appointments before the “right fit” is discovered. Additionally, if replacement parts need to be ordered to complete the bike fit, the process could be delayed by several days. It is a good idea to plan at least two to three weeks ahead of your ride or race if you believe that you can benefit from a professional bike fit.
After a solid week of riding following my bike fit session with Chuck, I can confirm that whatever he did with my road bike is nothing short of magic. The old nagging pain behind the knee? Gone. The inability to produce power and be comfortable at the same time? No longer an issue. Thanks to Chuck’s fine tuning of my seat and cleats, my bike fits perfectly and it truly feels like an extension of my body. Moreover, Chuck’s bike-side manner was exemplary. From the flexibility analysis, to the fitness questionnaire, it was apparent that he takes a rider-specific approach for maximizing bike fit.