Get Your Balance.
Do you want to ...
- Be more comfortable on your bicycle?
- Be more powerful and efficient on your bicycle?
- Overcome physical challenges and injuries that are limiting your riding?
A personalized bicycle fitting can accomplish all of these things for you!
Century Cycles has Bicycle Fitting specialists in all three stores who are experts at fitting any type of rider on any type or brand of bike.
Century Cycles Bicycle Fitting Services include:
- In-depth interview to learn your goals, history, and any medical issues or restrictions.
- Physical body assessment, with particular focus on feet, knees, hips, back, and neck.
- Range of motion and flexibility tests to determine your biomechanical abilities and limitations.
- On-bike evaluation, starting at the foot/pedal interface and moving up through the kinetic chain making changes to position and components achieve rider goals.
- Full documentation including before/after photos and positional records.
- Follow-up session within three months for re-evaluation and any necessary adjustments if needed.
- Essential Bike Fitting: $175.00 - Available at all three of our stores, this 1½ to 2 hour session will accomplish the fitting goals of the casual rider up to the weekend warrior.
- Complete Bike Fitting: $200.00 (Medina only) - This 2½ to 3 hour session with IBFI certified bike fitter Tom Wiseman provides our most comprehensive fitting and is geared towards serious riders, cyclists rehabbing an injury, or anyone who will benefit from a more in-depth body and foot/pedal interface evaluation.
- Triathlon or Time Trial Bike Fitting: $250.00 (Medina only) - This 3 hour session with IBFI certified bike fitter Tom Wiseman pays particular attention to the unique demands placed on the competitive cyclist when riding in a triathlon or time trial position.
- Pedal Stroke Analysis: $100.00 (Medina only) - This 1 to 1½ hour session with IBFI certified bike fitter Tom Wiseman using the Leomo Type-R Motion Analysis System will determine things like what cadence, power, and coordinates are dead spots in the pedal stroke as well as identify asymmetries in the pedaling motion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What Fit System do you use?
A. Century Cycles Fitting Services is not based solely on numeric measurements. The fit system we use is based on being Medicine of Cycling compliant. Medicine of Cycling is a group of fitting professionals not associated with any specific brand or company striving toward a better experience for the consumer. A computer will not tell you where to move the handlebar, cleats, or saddle if the client is still not comfortable. Only an experienced fitter with a critical thinking mind and ear for listening to the client's feedback can do this effectively.
Q. What happens during the bicycle fitting process?
A. We start with a detailed interview of each client, learning what their history, experience,
and goals are that got them here. Part of the interview process is getting to know what medical history or injuries might limit their movement or interaction with the bike. A standing assessment is done starting at the feet and working up through the kinetic chain all the way to top of the spine. This is followed by a flexibility and range of motion test to determine what their body is able to achieve on the bike. With this biomechanical information and historical data, we can better understand what position their body will be capable of once on the bike. It is at this point we get the client on the bike and starting at the cleat/pedal interface, move up and down the kinetic chain making adjustments to the bike until the desired outcome is achieved.
Q. I know my bike is the right size for me; what would I gain from a bike fitting?
A. Bicycles come in only a handful of sizes. When you purchase a new bicycle, we select the correct size for you, and make some basic adjustments, such as the seat height and handlebar height, if possible. This process is referred as a bicycle sizing, but is only the first step. There are a myriad of other adjustments possible, but a full professional bicycle fitting is the only way to learn your needs to make these adjustments optimal for your physical attributes and riding style.
Q. I'm not having any issues on my bike; why should I get a bike fitting?
A. If you're not experiencing any pain or numbness on your bike, that's great! However, after a professional bike fitting, there may be some adjustments that will get you even more comfortable, and help you be more efficient. Those "normal" aches and pains that occur on any long ride can be minimized, or even eliminated. There is not a single rider that can't benefit from a proper bike fitting. Cycling injuries (other than crashes) are almost always overuse injuries. Continue in a poor position long enough and it’s not "if" but "when" will injury develop.
Q. What is different about your more advanced fitting services?
A. With more advanced training and certification from Medicine of Cycling (MOC), BikeFit, CyclePoint, and Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI) as well as being a Level 2 certified International Bike Fitting Institute (IBFI) member, Tom Wiseman has the education and experience to handle many of the toughest issues you can face in a fitting. Using high speed video, laser knee tracking, and dynamic real time motion analysis using the Leomo Type-R, even the most difficult issues can be addressed and accommodated during a fit session.
Q. How does the Pedal Stroke Analysis work?
A. The Leomo Type-R Motion Analysis System uses a set of five inertial measurement sensors to measure angles of your foot, leg, and pelvis, and your pelvis's rotation and rock, and combines this data with power and cadence to create a graphic representation of your pedal stroke. This can be used to identify asymmetries between the rider and bike, strength imbalances, flexibility imbalances, and other issues. We can then identify a course of action to improve the movement. Read more...
Q. What sets your fitting apart from the competition?
A. Attention to detail is first and foremost. Listening to needs of the individual being fitted is of equal importance. But what really sets us apart is the application of technology with education. Having the fancy equipment is great but only if you know how to properly apply it to the task at hand. We have spent years learning the science of bike fitting and mastering one piece of technology at a time to better serve the customer without making the tech more of a focus than the person getting the fitting at that moment. The fitting is about the person and their bike but the person comes first, always.
Q. What should I bring to a fitting session?
A. You should bring your bicycle, cycling shorts, and all cycling shoes you use on that bike.
Q. How do I sign up?
Meet Our Fit Specialists
See our page on the Find a Fitter web site for more reviews.
"I have been cycling for a long time but and in recent years have been so uncomfortable on my bike that I would dread it when someone asked me to go riding. I would google for ways to improve my geometry on the bike and, honestly, probably made things worse. After just a couple of hours spent with Tom for a fitting I now look forward to riding instead of dreading it. Absolutely worth the time and money!"
"To be honest, I was skeptical at first about paying money for a professional bike fit (Just watch YouTube, right?). Wrong. I finally decided to get fitted after buying my first “serious” road bike. This lead me to my next question, “Where to go for the fit?” There are other bike shops and fitters in the area, but for me Tom was the only logical choice. I had dealt with Tom on other occasions during my visits to Century Cycles (tune ups, merchandise purchase, stopping by to get that bike smell during cold winter days, etc.) and he always came across as very knowledgable and receptive. During the bike fit, he was all that and more. After about 90 minutes I knew more about my body (and bike) than ever before. This newfound information has definitely paid off during my time in the saddle – easier miles, less neck pain, and just more overall enjoyment. If you are trying to decide if a bike fit is worth it, then my answer is a definite “yes”. Especially if you make the WISE decision to see Tom!"
"After I bought my new bike last year I took it to Tom Wiseman for a professional fitting. Tom did an excellent job. He took the time to take all of the right measurements and understand my style of riding so he could fit the bike accordingly. No more numbness in the fingers or toes no more neck pain on long rides. Well worth the time and money."
"I had a full fitting done, and could not be more impressed with the knowledge and thoroughness of the work done. Staff was extremely helpful and informative."
March 1, 2017
"Before and after [...] my bike fitting, the differences are subtle but the effect is dramatic. It turns out my power transfer from feet to pedals was inefficient and that my old sizing wasn't allowing all my legs muscles to fire properly (no wonder I never felt like I was good at spinning!). Tom [in Medina] changed my stem 10 degrees, raised my seat and moved it forward, and spent a lot of time with inserts adjusting my cleats. I felt much better on my ride today (and understood a lot more of how slight position adjustment change the muscles I'm using) and I'm hoping it only gets better. I'm pretty sure it also made me skinnier; don't laugh, the pictures don't lie."
March 26, 2016
"Back in 2001, I had a bad accident on my road bike. From then on, I only felt comfortable riding my mountain bike. Even though I knew I could be faster on my road bike, I rode only my mountain bike all over the place -- roads and trails. Every time I tried to get on my road bike again, it just never felt right. Finally, working with Kevin [in Peninsula], we were able to get my road bike adjusted to fit me right. Now, I'm back in the saddle and love hitting the open road on a proper bicycle."
February 18, 2014