The process of bike-fitting is to ensure that the rider is sat in a comfortable and efficient position on their cycle.
There are 3 points where the rider contacts the bicycle, namely the pedals, saddle and handlebars, this is generally called the position.
There are three frame dimensions that need to be such that they allow the rider position to be set, these are the height of the top of the head tube (stack), seat angle and the effective top tube length, as the vast majority of bikes currently have sloping top tubes, there is little relevance to the actual length of the seat tube, other than determining how much seat post would be showing.
Even if the frame size is correct the saddle and handlebars still need to be set in the correct place to ensure the bike is comfortable and that the rider is sat in an efficient position.
It is these relative positions of the points of contact, that are the crucial dimensions, the frame dimensions need to be such that they allow the position dimensions to be achieved, and ideally have the bicycle looking in proportion once the saddle and handlebars have been positioned correctly.
With the above in mind, Paul Hewitt has been providing his bike fitting service to riders of all abilities since 1990, and Hewitt Cycles were one of the first shops, and still one of very few shops to offer a free bike-fit with every frame or complete cycle purchased from us. The reason for this, is that it is not possible to advise properly on suitable frame dimensions without knowing where the saddle and handlebars need to be positioned relative to the bottom bracket of the frame.
As part of our bike fitting the cleat position will be set, both fore & aft and the angular position to ensure your feet are in a natural unstressed position. This can make a surprising difference, as in our experience the vast majority of cleats tend to have very little consideration to the positioning or are just placed in the mid-point of adjustment.
We also offer Bike-Fitting and cleat placement as a stand-alone services, fitting riders to bike and cleats to shoes they already have, or in some cases fitting riders to bicycles and advising on frame size for bikes that they intend to purchase from elsewhere.
- Custom built bike built using an existing frame
- Custom built bike using a new frame with existing parts
- Custom built bike using custom built frame
- Custom built bikes using an off the peg frame.