How does it work?
In a 1.5-3.0 hour session you will receive a comprehensive cycling assessment and fit from one of our Body Geometry Fit Specialists following the format below:
Rider Profile Interview
We want to understand your riding goals, your injury history, and other important factors.
Your Fit Specialist will perform twenty-five assessments of your body including tests for range-of-motion, flexibility, body symmetry, core strength, and foot structure.
Cycling Position Analysis
A. Side View: Using the information from the physical assessment, your Fit Specialist will adjust saddle height and setback, reach and drop to achieve your most powerful and comfortable position.
B. Front View: Unique to the Body Geometry Fit process, this frontal view analysis will optimize your hip, knee and foot alignment for greater performance and balanced power delivery.
How much does a Body Geometry Fit cost?
Road or Mountain bike fit: $250
Triathlon or Time Trial fit: $300
If within one month of your fit you choose to buy a bike over $3500, the price of your fit will be deducted from the bike price. If within one month of your fit you choose to buy a bike under $3500, half of the fit price will be deducted from the bike price. Bike fitting MUST be performed BEFORE purchase of bike to receive credit towards purchase of new bike.
What should I bring to the fitting appointment?
Bring the following items to your custom fit session: (NOTE: In regards to shoes, pedals, and saddle: PLEASE wait to purchase NEW until you've had time with your fitter FIRST. The item(s) you buy may have to be purchased again if your new items won't work with your Fit numbers. This would hold true of items like HANDLEBARS, STEMS, SEATPOSTS, CRANKS, etc. as well.)
*Shoes & Pedals
Do you have evening or weekend times available?
Scheduling options vary by the season and with each fitter. Call or email the store where you'd like to have the fitting done, and we'll talk through the available time options.
Should I get a fit before I buy a new bike or after?
We highly recommend getting a Body Geometry Fit before you buy a bike. The fit allows us to fully assess your body and make an accurate recommendation on which model and size will work best for you. Any bike can be modified to some degree, but if you buy the wrong geometry or size, it will never ride properly even with extreme modifications.
What if I don't like my new position?
We guarantee your satisfaction with your Body Geometry Fit. Feel free to contact your fitter with any questions after the fit. There are a few things to think about as you settle into your new position.
1) Your new, more bio-mechanically correct position may use certain muscle groups differently than before. Also your contact points may be different and take conditioning. eg Ischial Tuberosity on saddle.
2) Components of the bike can slip out of position. For this reason, we offer to tape off your saddle rails, and seat post after the correct position is set so make it easier to tell if something has shifted. Also we keep your fit measurements on file so we can restore your optimal position or transfer it to a new bike.
3) Bodies are dynamic. A change in training schedule, injury, or a lifestyle change, can all affect your bike fit. Contact your fitter with any concerns.
Issues on the Bike and Causes...
Below are the most common bike fitting concerns that people have and the first areas that we look at to determine if the issue is relating to bike fit or if it is an issue with the body.
Feet falling asleep
Outside of foot / pinky toe – Lack of pronation support, lack of arch support, shoes too narrow, arch length doesn’t match shoe length, width of stance too narrow.
Inside of foot / big toe – Lack of supination support, lack of arch support, shoes too narrow, over-corrected pronation with Varus wedges, width of stance too wide.
Hot foot (burning sensation under ball of foot caused from an irritation of the nerves in the ball of the foot due to being pushed together between the bones) – Lack of metatarsal button, shoes too narrow, cleats too small (mtn pedal), sole of shoe too flexible (plastic not carbon), lack of arch support.
Back of knee – Saddle too high, hamstring too tight, front end is too low / long.
Front of knee below patella (sheer forces on the knee from the femur) – saddle is too low, saddle is too far forward
Outside of knee (IT band strain) – Stretch IT band, widen width of stance, lack of arch support, lack of pronation support, saddle too narrow, stomach too pronounced, hip flexor tight.
Sit bone – Need to put more time on the saddle, need a softer saddle, higher (better?) quality pad (chamois) in shorts. (Is a Specialized Saddle the correct path?)
Chaffing on inner thigh
Both sides - Saddle width is too wide, shorts too big, wearing underwear with cycling shorts.
Single side - Pelvis is rotated due to leg length difference, lack of arch support, lack of pronation support, saddle too narrow.
Pressure on front of saddle – Saddle is too narrow, sitting on saddle incorrectly, hamstrings too tight, front end too low / long, angle of saddle, orientation of pelvis to body.
Hand falling asleep
Ring and pinky fingers (compression of ulnar nerve) - fit too long / low, technique incorrect, lack of core strength/conditioning, handlebars too wide.
Thumb and first 2 fingers (compression of median nerve) – Fit too long / low, technique incorrect, lack of core strength/conditioning.
Whole hand from wrist forward (blocking blood flow because of the extreme angle of wrist) – Fit too long / low, technique incorrect, lack of core strength/conditioning, mtn shifter/ brake angle.
Neck / Shoulder discomfort
Neck is hyper-extended – Fit too low / long, pelvis is rotated backwards causing an arch to the spine.
Shoulder discomfort – Fit too long / low, elbows are locked out radiating stress into shoulders, lack of core strength.
Lower back pain
Spine (Discs out of alignment) – Fit to low / low, posture not neutral.
Muscles – Fatigue from using the muscles because core is not being used, core not strong enough for intensity level. Bone structure of the pelvis isn’t supported because of the fit of the saddle.
Skye - Grand Rapids, MI
My time with Dale was awesome! He greeted me at my car before the store was opened and helped me bring my gear in to the fitting area. He answered all my questions happily and throughly. And I ask a lot of them. His bike fitting experience showed, and was very thorough with the interview, flexibility assessment, and the bike fit. Overall I enjoyed the experience and my bike now feels great! Side note, Every time I've been to the Baldwin location everyone there has been very helpful.
Brian - Kentwood, MI
Dale is a real Pro and continues to refine his craft long after others are satisfied with good enough.
Ed - Grandville, MI
Lucas did a great job. I would highly recommend a bike fitting at Village Bike.
Hank - Kentwood, MI
Cory is a rockstar. He had answers to all my questions, suggestions and ideas. I am new to the cycling world and I went into it with added confidence from the time I spent with him.
Angie - Grand Rapids, MI
This is the second bike I've had custom fit at Village with Dale. I will attest to the fact that it makes for a much better ride. I feel like I truly received good value for my investment.
Judith - Grand Haven, MI
Lucas was amazingly helpful and patient with me in my search for my first ever road bike. I definitely feel like he went above and beyond to assist me and explain every detail and answer the million questions I had. I was initially nervous to begin the search for a bike since I have no experience, but he really made me feel comfortable and like a valued customer.
Tessa - Jenison, MI
Cory and staff,
Thank you for going the extra mile in my fit. It was a great experience. I can tell a true professional when I see one. The staff was very friendly and dropped what they were working on to get my bike ready so I didn’t have to make a return trip. I road my new bike today and it was awesome, thank you. I road 27 miles, the most I’ve ridden since I was a teenager. Looking forward to being able to have sustained rides that will help me loose weight and get back to my pre surgery fitness levels. Thank you again. Looking forward to doing more business with you in the future.
Jody - Ludington, MI
My husband and I came into today for bike fittings and had an outstanding experience! I learned more in few hours than I have in the past 5 years of cycling! Cory is a pro in every sense of the word and was incredibly thorough in his analysis and recommendations. I am so excited that my next ride will be pain-free (well, at least the avoidable kind!).
6 months later:
My goal to race 70.3 before I turn 40 is feeling more and more attainable!! The crazy thing is, when I came to you for a fitting my only goal was to relieve my discomfort in the saddle. But then I got this sexy new bike which motivated me, oddly enough, to get back in the water and give swimming another shot. This past Sunday's race wouldn't have happened without your help, so thank you for that!!
Beth - Alma, MI
Hi Dale, First, I must say the difference in performance is remarkable. Specifically, the position allows for more natural use of my glutes and hamstrings...especially in the drops. I really don't think I was able to utilize those muscles as much as I should have in my old position. So power and efficiency have greatly improved. Next, a more full, technically correct pedal stroke is far easier now. This is noticeable when I ride with the guys and can easily keep up at 21 mph....and it feels more efficient with less fatigue. Overall shoulders and neck seem very comfortable...Lastly, the saddle has the natural geometry to feel comfortable when tilting my pelvis inward, but in addition, it makes other technically correct positioning easy such as a straight back and open shoulders for easier breathing.
I cant tell you how much I appreciate your time and expertise. The results have exceeded my expectations.
Kim - Bay City, MI
Dale, The bike and fit is wonderful. I really can't say how happy I am with everything. I would have never guessed how getting properly fit would fix so many things. So far so good and my transition from the bike to run has been amazing.
Lewis - Zeeland, MI
Hi Dale, I LOVE my fit. I am SO much more comfortable on my bike. That's the bottom line.
Luanne - Grand Rapids, MI
Prior to visiting Cory, I could not go 14 miles without my hands and lower arms going numb due to carpel tunnel syndrome. We changed the handlebar to be quite a bit shorter, changed the angle of the stem to be more upright and added aero bars to help take the pressure off my hands. I brought the bike home and have been riding daily ever since. I will never buy another bike without a professional fit again and I will have Cory doing that fitting. Thank you for allowing a whole world of cycling to open up to me and giving me the ability to go riding without pain.
Heather - Flat Rock, MI
I have been getting out quite a bit and am having no pain... I destroyed all my previous strava numbers. I did 50 miles before thanksgiving and had no discomfort. Everything seems to be working. I changed the set-up on my mountain bikes and have had similar results. My wife is injured right now (IT band) and doing PT once she is better I want to get her in for a fit. She does sprint triathlons. We got our bikes from the same shop so I'm sure her current fit is off.
Andy - Gobles, MI
Dale, I LOVED the fit and I told everyone who would listen that getting a bike fit is well worth it. Right after the fitting, I upgraded to a category 3 rider and I won the Women's Point Series in that category, and came 2nd in the MBRA Michigan Challenge series. Thanks for taking the time to help make me a better cyclist and acheive a way more comfortable experience on the bike!
Lori - Grand Rapids, MI
Just wanted to let you know that I went out for a ride with my aerobars and it went really well. I rode for a little under an hour and was able to stay in aero position without any hurts or pains. Being new I know I have a lot of questions but you and your store has been an immense help. Know that you have earned my business and if anyone I know is ever looking for a bike/bike materials I will send them your way with no hesitation!
Zack - Allendale, MI
Oh my goodness ...I'm in LOVE, lol! What a nice ride, the fit makes ALL the difference. Thank you, Cory!
Debbie - Fremont, MI
I live in southern Indiana and you might ask why I would drive to Grand Rapids to have a bike fit. Cory was highly recommended by my wife's uncle who continually reminded me you can feel comfortable on a bike. During and after the rides I would experience discomfort in my lower back, neck, and knees.
The bike fitting was enlightening and Cory helped me understand the fundamentals of riding a bike. He pointed out what mechanics I needed to work on and explained why it would improve my cycling. The video was eye opening and confirmed everything Cory was doing; even for a novice it was obvious. By the end of the fitting I was 100% confident Cory was going to get me in the correct position to enhance my riding comfort. In March 2012 I purchased a Custom Guru designed by Cory. The bike is phenomenal, but the fit is even better. Cory listened to me and heard what I wanted to get out of the bike. The bike was set up for comfort, but the resulting fit increased my speed and climbing power. I cannot thank Cory enough and would drive twice the distance to get this result.
Robb - Solsberry, Indiana
Great guys at @villagebikeGR, got my bike position all sorted for the season. Let's hope it helps to a few @UHCprocycling wins!
Karl - Grand Rapids, MI
Dale has done fits for me on my new mountain and road bikes and the results have been spectacular. I have been riding pain-free for over 3 years now due to Dale's amazing talent. This includes racing in brutally hard conditions such as Leadville MTB and Assault on Mt. Mitchell.
Tim - Grand Rapids, MI
THANK YOU! I feel that you have helped me a great
deal. I am still an old guy, and still have some potentially serious medical
issues. But, you've helped me keep on riding, and that was the objective.
Joe - Detroit, MI
Dale: As a result of your work last summer I immediately stopped experiencing "hot foot" in my right forefoot, and the neck and right shoulder cramps and lock-ups have complety gone away. Not only that, but I've been consistently riding 26 mph solo peletons (my goal is to drop Alan Moore) for miles and miles. I can't thank you enough for the care and edification you put into my BG fit; I've been encouraging all my friends to fly to GRR for the ultimate in Dale Phelps loving care!
Bill R. - San Francisco, CA
The fit was awesome...like a hand in a glove.
Brian - Hudsonville, MI
Dale, I'm extremely pleased with how I feel on the saddle. The legs feel efficient, just the right extension, no wasted motion. I'm also extremely pleased with how I'm riding on the aero bars! I used to get a little sore after several minutes in that position. Now I can just ride and ride in that position with great comfort for longer periods of time. When I do ride in the upright position (mostly on group rides) it just feels sooo good.
Brian B - Jenison, MI
Dale: The bike fitting succeeded beyond my expectations on both counts. As a result of my fitting you changed my riding position substantially from my position on my old bike... It took over 500 miles to get used to the new riding position, but now that I'm used to it, I ride faster and stronger with better form than before. I also have fewer saddle sores and fewer muscle issues. My average speed for similar riding has increased by nearly 2 mph.
Thank you for your expert work on the bike fitting. You were very professional and you explained the process thoroughly so I could understand the "why" as well as the "what" of the fitting process. I would strongly recommend to anyone who rides substantial miles to have a thorough bike fitting done, on an existing bike or especially in the process of buying a new bike.
Jim - Jenison, MI
Cory, I just want to thank you for all of your help over the last six months with
my bike. I have been very happy with the way my Guru fits and still can't
believe how good you can feel after riding 112 miles and still run a
marathon! I had a 6:03 bike split, 18.48 MPH! Then I had the legs to run a 3:58 marathon. A PR by 19 minutes with a time of 11:26!! Top 12% over all and 23% in my age group! I just wanted to say thanks again, the bike helped to make a great race.
Charlie - Grand Rapids, MI
Guru of the shoe fitting Cory!!! Just barely felt 4th metetarsil at the 48 mile mark. You are my hero. A very heartfelt thank you for making road riding so pleasurable again for me. You will never know how happy I am. I am still in a state of euphoria over what a great job you've done.
Boots - Big Rapids, MI
I spent a ton of time on my bike this weekend (about 60 miles) and am in love with the fit of my bike and the new seat. Thank you so much for everything.
Kaitlyn - Grand Haven, MI
My new custom fit Guru tri bike is awesome! The pro fit with Cory has helped me enjoy cycling much more. I'm more comfortable and riding without pain. I'm also faster and can ride confidently in aerobars next to traffic and going downhill - something I've never been able to do before on my previous road bike. In my first triathlon on the Guru, my 40k bike time was 8-min faster than the previous year with my heart rate 13 bpm lower with less bike training. I love the bike and can't wait until I get more miles on it for triathlon racing. The investment was totally worth it - thanks VBS!
Chris - Wyoming, MI
I love my new ride! Cory is an expert in the field of bike fitting. Village Bike is the best of the best. Thank you Cory for your time spent getting my bike together not only during business hours but on your day off.
Molly - Shelbyville, MI
I had no idea what a difference it would make!! She went the extra mile for me as my right leg is almost an inch shorter than my left. Heidi and all the people at Village are the best- great service and products too. Thanks again. I would HIGHLY recommend Heidi and Village Bike.
Beth - Ada, MI
As I look back at the year, one of the greatest things I could have done to improve my racing was to get the fit by Village. The end result was me being able to consistently stay with the lead pack and even place a couple of times. All the races yielded improved time over prior years with reduced training rides.
Kevin - Grand Rapids, MI
I'm fairly new to the sport of cycling and had no idea how important it was to be fitted to your bike. Being a triathlete, it's amazing how fresh my legs feel immediately into the run coming off my bike now. I highly recommend Cory's services to anyone wanting to improve their cycling experience.
Ken - Stanton, MI
Body geometry fit was time well-spent.
Brad - Grand Rapids, MI
Just want to thank you for spending so much time with my fitting last week. I was really impressed with your attention to detail in every aspect of the fitting. I rode on Sunday and everything felt good.
Ed - East Lansing, MI
I rode this weekend and noticed a distinct difference. The ride felt more comfortable, I did not feel as tired in the end and I could climb easier... Thanks for the help, it really works great. I do want to bring my other bikes to have them adjusted...
Phil - Ann Arbor, MI
Thanks for setting me up with a Guru Crono. The fit is spectacular! I have never been more comfortable on a bike. The customer service Village provides is second to none! I will be coming back to you for all my cycling needs.
Jon - Grandville, MI
The fit, components and performance are phenomenal!...I'm just awestruck by the entire experience.
Ed - Charlotte, MI
Had a couple of rides and love the new set-up. The shoes are great, and I'm getting used to the new pedals and clip-in procedure. Definitely have more power available. Spending more time on the big chain ring without any loss of cadence. Thanks again for your help.
Clay - Holland, MI
I think the fitting process and time and thought you guys put into the bike really paid off. I would give overall comfort and fit very high marks. During and after the rides I experienced minimum discomfort in my arms, neck, upper and lower back and legs. The old knee pain or IT pain I occasionally experienced did not recur once.
Mark - Lansing, MI
Heidi and Cory were great to work with and set me up with the best bike I could get within my budget. I've had nothing but great service from you all. That's why I consider Village Bike and Fitness my bike shop.
Allyn - Kalamazoo, MI
The "fit" that I got at Cascade Village Bike has helped me enjoy two years of great riding!! Tom went all out to make sure my fit was PERFECT!! Thank you guys!
Dave - Grand Rapids, MI
...Riding is easier and I am leading my friends up the hills. It's the only way to get a bike that truely WORKS for YOU! Dale, was able to prevent foot surgery after identifying improper bike fit was the cause of the pain.
Nancy - Grand Rapids, MI
I am much more comfortable on the bike and coming off of it. Transition runs are no problem now.
Tom - Grand Haven, MI
Once again I am able to ride comfortably, even with my limitations. The professionals at Village Bike really take the time to listen and accommodate their customers' needs... They are truly the best in the business!
Mike - Grand Rapids, MI
I had been in great discomfort for several thousand miles prior to talking to you...Your bike fit turned out to be the solution to my problem. I was able to ride the Colorburst Tour the very next day with no problems at all. I would recommend a bike fit from Village Bike & Fitness to anyone interested in getting into biking. It was money well spent.
Steve - Grand Ledge, MI
I can't tell enough how much I enjoyed the BG Fitting Process... You made it informative, fun and in my humble opinion - worth every bit of the 3 hours spent at your shop. Your staff has created a wonderful experience each time that I have visited the store and I look forward to coming back every time.
Christopher - Grandville, MI
Dale, Charlie and the rest of the Kentwood VBS staff, Thank you for all of the professional service and care with my bike purchase. I took advantage of the pro fit with Dale with the goal of comfort for long mountain bike rides. To say the least, it was more than worth it. I beat my best time at the Ore to Shore this year by 16 minutes, with no numbness or joint pain. Thank you!!
Mark - Wayland, MI
Well I got in 60 miles in some nice strong winds this morning and I am happy to say that my neck pain is gone!!! The new position of the aerobars felt great! Also my shoes felt very comfortable and no numbness at all! I also thought you would be glad to know that I felt really strong on my bike. I feel like I have a bit more power!
JD - Lansing, MI
Bike fit became very important to me when I started doing longer distance rides. Pain and discomfort on the bike really became my limiting factor when training for an Ironman. After my bike fit with Village Bike, I had a more comfortable ride. During the fit, they took the time to explain the process, what adjustments they were making and why they were making them. They made sure that I was always part of the equation. Because I'm comfortable on the bike, I'm riding faster than I ever have in my entire life.
TK - Ada, MI
I averaged around 18 to 19 MPH before the fit. After the fit I was in the average of 23-25 MPH range. My power seemed to almost DOUBLE. I could breath...and I could actually (really!) drop the hammer when I wanted too. I can't recommend Village Bike Shop and the "bike fit" program enough!! I wish I could speak to all of your customers...I'd tell them, "why not be comfortable and love your ride...not just get through it".
Bob - Grand Rapids, MI
It was worth every penny: one of the best biking investments I've ever made....It's amazing how much difference a centimeter makes after twenty miles. My knees can attest to that... Thanks for the new legs!
Brad - Grandville, MI
...Since changing the bike setup, I have lost an average of 5-10 heart beats per minute on most of the same power-based rides.
Brian - Grand Rapids, MI
Have you been fit at Village? We'd love to hear about your experience!