What is The Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit

What is The Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit 

The Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit is the best virtual bike fitting offer you will find. The Ultimate fit journey consists of two virtual meetings of 45 minutes minimum each session. The fitting will focus on your contact points with the bike and how you interface with each.

Bike Fit Targets

Connection points with the Peloton bike

You will receive BikeFit brand fitting wedges and screws as needed, Ride Learn Grow™ socks, and a frame magnet. Wedges, cleat screws and socks are valued at over $40 and are standard in the Ultimate fit journey.

Your Ultimate fit journey begins before meeting virtually with an email introduction to the fitting process. This will include assistance in getting ready for your virtual Peloton bike fit. You’ll also be asked a series of questions and a request to send images of your bike, shoes, and occasionally yourself on the bike.

One of the images we request is of the bottom of your shoes like this.

Peloton Shoe VP Components

Peloton shoes & cleats

Your equipment often tells us a story. Looking at the bottom of your shoes, we can learn a lot about your cycling.  The information you provide is compiled to create a customized plan unique to you. Depending on your needs, the support includes a list of specific tools, tips, suggestions, and video support to prepare for your virtual fitting session.

Peloton Bike Fit Tools

Tools list for a Peloton Bike Fit

The majority of Peloton virtual bike fit meetings are conducted over Facetime. If you do not have Facetime, we suggest MS Team or Zoom.

Facetime - MS Teams - Zoom

Facetime – MS Teams – Zoom

The first step in the Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit is to get a general view of you spinning on your bike. Initial adjustments set your position close to or within the outer targets. Once you’ve reached the outer target range, a more detailed evaluation begins at the pedals and progresses to the handlebars.

Peloton Bike Fit Process

The flow of a Peloton Bike Fit

The following represents each of the potential adjustments in the Ultimate fit.

Ultimate Bike Fit

Adjustments in an Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit

For much of the process, the highly regarded Bike Fit App Software will be used for quick review and sharing.  This is a view from the side during a fit using the app angle tool capturing knee bend for assessing seat height.

BikeFit App

Side view of the BikeFit App

The front view is one of the standard perspectives in the Ultimate fit process. This is done for each leg, watching where your knee tracks relative to your second toe while pedaling.

Front View Bike Fit

Front view BikeFit App and Peloton

This view is used to assess medial-lateral or side-to-side cleat placement. When using the app virtually, you will often regularly notice Paul’s face in one corner.

Side to side cleat adjustment

Bike fitting side to side cleat adjustment

An exclusive feature of the Ultimate fit is addressing uneven foot pressure, usually on the outer part of your foot highlighted below in red. Ideally, we should feel even pressure across the ball of the foot like the blue highlight.

Bicycle Foot Pressure

Uneven and even foot pressure bicycling

The tilt of your foot is the most common cause of uneven foot pressure. The majority of people’s feet tilt upward toward the inside. You can check this yourself but having a buddy makes it easier.

Remove your shoes and kneel backward on a chair like this with your feet overhanging the front edge. Place something straight like a book or ruler across the ball of your foot and observe the angle. We will also look at this tilt during your first virtual fit meeting.

Measuring foot tilt

Looking at the tilt of the foot.

Foot tilt

The foot tilt showing the need for wedges

To accommodate this foot tilt, wedges are installed under the cleat or placed within the shoe under the insole.

Cleat Wedges on shoe

Cleat wedge under the cleat on Lake Cycling Shoe

You can think of it as filling in the gap. Look at the foot on the left and the shoe, cleat, and pedal on the right. The pedal and cleat are flat, but the foot is tilted, creating a misalignment. This is probably the number one misalignment in all of cycling.

Foot Tilt and Wedges

Look Cleat Wedges filling in the gap

Here is a photo often posted by Peloton showing how most of us approach clipping into the pedal at an angle.

Peloton shoe clipping in

Peloton shoe clipping into pedal

You may be wondering why you have never heard of this before. Or if you had a previous fitting, why wasn’t this considered? The secret is there is no secret. Over 90% of the population has a foot tilt similar to this.

Cleat wedge and Keo cleat

Cleat wedges under a Look Keo cleat

Look cleat wedge

Cleat wedge for Look Keo and Delta

Wedges come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit various cleats. The yellow wedge is the most common cleat wedge used by Pelotoners. Forefoot ITS wedge

In The Shoe Cycling Shoe Wedge

This green in-the-shoe wedge goes beneath the insole and into your shoe.

You can also look at your pedals and observe for uneven wear. Rotate the pedal upside down. Nearly everyone will notice more wear toward the inside, corresponding with the higher part of their foot.

Uneven Bicycle Pedal Wear

Why your feet hurt while cycling.

This vital aspect of a bike fit is not covered by any other virtual fitting service. The foot, pedal, and moving up to the front view provide the necessary information to determine the appropriate number of wedges and screws needed. Along with your socks and magnet, these will be mailed to you.

The fit will progress upward to the saddle and handlebars.

Aside from the wedges, most of your fit is complete with the initial fitting. A second session is scheduled after the wedges are received.  This time allows you to get in a few rides and gain a feel your new position. The second fit goes through the installation process of the wedges and provides any fine-tuning needed for your fit.

Here are the stylish socks and frame magnet included with your Ultimate Virtual Bike Fit.

Ride Learn Grow Socks

Ride Learn Grow Cycling Socks by PedalJam

Ride Learn Grow Frame Magnet

Frame Magnet – Ride Learn Grow

To sign up and reserve an appointment click Spin Bike Fitting Category – The Cycle Point . Please allow a few days between the time of your purchase and the date of your fit session when choosing a date. This allows adequate time and opportunity (at least a few days) to respond to the questions, send the requested photo(s) and prepare for your session.

 

 

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