If you would like to find bikes to suit a person’s body (rather than based on known bike measurements), choose “Body” in Step 1:
When you click on a measurement field the display pane will show instructions for taking the measurement:
There are tools available, such as those provided by fitkitsystems.com that add professionalism to the measurement process and remove the need for some of the physical contact between Fitter and client.
In the absence of specific tools, the system works well with:
- Tape measure
- Pen or rod
It is best to warn the customer that you need to take some body measurements and will require their assistance. Barefoot measurements are best, especially if they’re wearing tall shoes.
Ask the customer to face away from you then measure the distance across their shoulders using the Acromion (bony point at the end of the Scapula) as a marker:
We advocate asking the customer to hold the tape to their armpit while you extend it out to measure to a pen (or bar grip) they’re holding.
Ask the customer to indicate with their finger, or hold a level to, the cleft at the top of their Sternum (breastbone). Measure from the ground to this point.
Ask the customer to firmly pull a level up into their crotch and measure from the ground to this point.
This is where you define what kind of position you want them to be in:
Race: A low and long position suited to fit, fairly lean riders with decent flexibility and no back injuries
Sport: Suitable for most riders – somewhat upright and a lesser reach to the bars
Recreation: Rider is new, has had injuries, maybe a bit heavier build and less flexible. Resulting position very upright
There is no flexibility test built into the system as it would be too subjective. However, you are free to have the customer perform a flexibility test when you’re deciding on Style. Our goal is to give the Fitter the power to choose the riding style that will best suit the customer.
On the MTB side there are different names but they follow the same principles. Which are explained in the display pane in-system. Similarly Fitness and Triathlon disciplines.
Once you have collected the measurements, entered them into the appropriate fields and chosen the Rider Style you will need to refine the Preferences.
Brand should be clear – choose the brand(s) the customer is interested in.
Category gives you more control of the type of bikes that will be returned in the results (and makes the system work faster).
You can select more than one category – for instance ‘Cyclocross Disc’ and ‘Gravel’ bikes are very similar and can be grouped. Or for a Lady who doesn’t mind whether her bike is labelled as “Womens Specific” or not – you could choose both ‘Road’ and ‘Road Womens’
On the MTB side you can drill down to various levels of suspension and tyre size. There is also a Travel selection – set the minimum and maximum travel the customer is interested in to ensure that you get relevant results.
Material allows you to specify whether the customer wants carbon or another material.
Year defaults to ‘Current’ as that is usually what you’re trying to sell. For some models you will be able to pull up different years if you have older stock to move. Note that the year is based on when the frame first appeared, not the model year.
Min Price If there are prices uploaded to your account the Price filter boxes will appear. The numbers are automatically scaled to represent the range of values on your account. Set the min price to the low end of the customers range.
Max Price Set this to the top of the customers price range
(if you don’t have prices on your account the price filter boxes will not appear)
Once you’ve entered all the data, click “Find my bike options”.
The results return a suggested position and bikes.
Hovering on one of the position values will highlight the measurement on the bike diagram (shown above with A: Saddle Height). Clicking on a bike name will bring up extra information and an image (shown to the right). Note that there is a single image loaded per geometry – so the build spec shown may not reflect the bike you’re selling.
At the bottom of the detailed results is the ‘Also consider’ field. This lists other models from the same manufacturer that have exactly the same frame geometry. Note that the name will just be of the frameset – not a specific model level.
The system will only return results with stems of 60-130mm at -6 and -17 angles. Spacer heights (including headset cover) of 9-45mm. So any result you’ll see is using easily available parts.