For most people, the goal is to only pay for what you need and get what you pay for. The same should be true for Bicycle Fittings. The higher your standards or needs are for cycling performance, the more precisely your bicycle should to be adjusted to your body. Your body imposes itself on your bicycle setup in terms of its flexibility, proportions, strengths & weaknesses as well as previous injuries and medical issues (e.g. a leg length discrepancy).
The very casual rider of a cruiser style bicycle can usually eyeball the bicycle setup and go with whatever setup feels comfortable. The demands on the rider’s body are relatively small. The result is usually quite satisfactory. A basic BGI Intro Bicycle Fitting uses widely accepted industry standards for setting saddle height, saddle setback and saddle to handlebar reach & drop, etc.. The goal of the BGI Intro Fitting is to deliver a bicycle that is comfortable to ride for the entry-level or casual bicycle rider. After you’ve ridden for a season or two and find yourself riding more than ever (or buy that upgrade bicycle) a more advanced BGI Fitting would be a good idea.
At the other extreme is the racer competing for an overall win in a major triathlon. The demands placed on their body during the bicycle leg and the performance expectations are very high. This combination requires an elevated level of precision when adjusting the bicycle to the athlete’s body. Measuring and evaluating the triathlete’s body as well as measuring and adjusting the bicycle can only be performed well by a trained and experienced Fitter using modern Fitting technology. This also holds true for road racers, serious club riders and long distance cyclo-tourists. The advanced BGI Retül and BGI Personal Fittings use real-time 3D Motion Capture and/or computer scans of your pedal stroke to more precisely analyze your pedaling technique and bicycle setup needs.
A BGI Intro Fitting takes only one hour but does require an appointment (to assure the attention is focused on you). More advanced BGI Fittings take up to three hours. Visit the BGI Fitting Services web page to see descriptions of all the Bicycle Fittings offered by BGI and to easily book your Fitting appointment on-line.