Welcome to February 2015, shortest month of the year; fingers crossed, spring will soon be upon us!
Now is a great time to get your bicycle in for service. Take advantage of our early bird tune up specials which include: free bar tape, free tubes with the purchase of a set of tires, a genuine Shimano or Campagnolo cable set is included if your bike needs an overhaul. Call or email to book your service appointment. If you are unsure of the service frequency of the components on your bike call or drop in to discuss.
Our 2015 bikes and gear are in stock or on the way. New for 2015: Kask helmets, MIPS helmets from Giro, Speedplay Pave pedal systems and much more.
We look forward to your visit.
Bike Frames: When does size matter?
When it comes to choosing a bike, whether it’s a first time purchase, an upgrade, or an addition to the “stable”, most consumers want to know what size frame they should buy. Frame size plays a huge role in comfort and performance. When purchasing a ‘stock’ geometry frame size regardless of the brand name there are 3 possible sizes to be considered for most cyclists; too small, too big and pretty close or the best compromise. At T.I. Cycle, we are interested in determining the correct frame size and frame fit. Let me explain.
Take an average male rider standing 6’ and weighing 180 pounds. We’ll call him Larz. When Larz walks into most bike shops, based on his height and weight, he will quite likely be steered toward a 56cm or Large frame sized bike. *However World Tour Rider Phillipe Gilbert also stands 6ft tall but rides a 51cm frame. (Possibly custom built) That’s quite a difference! Why is that? Frame fit. Determining the right “frame fit” for a cyclist begins by looking at the amount and type of riding the cyclist intends to do and their current state of function and flexibility. Let’s take a closer look at two cyclists. Note: it’s important to compare “like” cyclists, so for this article we’re comparing two guys. These same principles apply to female riders.
Larz is a dedicated road racer whose is sole focus is competing in races. He works part time and rides 10-15,000km/year, many of them in race conditions where he needs to be in the most comfortable, powerful and aerodynamic position that he can manage.
Cyclist # 2 George, is a cycling enthusiast who gets out 3-4 times/week and has a family and full time job. While he rides as often as he can, George manages about 3000km a year and lacks a bit in function and flexibility. Based on his riding profile, he will likely need to be in a slightly more upright, conservative position to ensure he’s comfortable, powerful and able to pedal and breath efficiently.
Once we’ve determined the type of riding the cyclist intends to do, we then need to understand a little more about their functionality. Again, let’s go back to our two cyclists.
Larz is very fit and flexible! He spends a lot of time in the gym working on flexibility, stability, mobility (functionality) and core strength. Based on his physical attributes and riding style, Larz theoretically will be able to ride the smallest frame size that allows him to be positioned properly, ie: saddle height, saddle setback, reach to bars, bar drop etc. Fitting Larz onto a smaller frame is only possible because of his ability/functionality and overall health.
George’s life is pretty full, meaning he doesn’t spend much time in the gym or going to Yoga. His off the bike function requires some work. When we consider his overall profile, we would theoretically choose a bit larger frame size, providing the frame size allows George to achieve a proper position ie: saddle height, saddle set back, reach to bars, bar drop, stand over etc. Bigger bike than Larz, but the right frame fit.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have yet to talk about budget and there’s still the saddle, pedal systems, bar and stem choices (but those are topics for another time).
There’s a lot that goes in to determining the correct frame size and bike fit for you. We spend the extra time necessary to ensure that once the rubber hits the road, you’re ready for an amazing cycling experience.