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Why is a Bike Fit so important?

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Adjusting your bike to fit you is one of, if not the, most important service that a bicycle shop can offer. There are many methods for doing this but nothing beats the knowledge of an experienced bike fitter. Your riding comfort is the most important part of any bike set up. Here at Quest Adventure in Worthing, Sussex we use either a Bkool trainer to simulate the actual riding experience or the Apex Performance Bike Fitting System. 

When you buy a bike from Quest Adventure we will discuss your set up and make adjustments before you leave but having a proper bike fit can make a huge difference to your enjoyment, comfort and speed.

The Bike Fitting Process

We start with a discussion to get an idea of the riding that you are doing, fitness, aspirations, any injuries and any issues or discomfort that you may have.  

We are also interested in where you ride.  As passionate cyclists ourselves we will most likely know your local area whether it be Brighton, Horsham, Lewes, Chichester, indeed any points in Sussex!

After that, there will be a quick flexibility and strength test.

We then start with your feet and look at your shoe/cleat set up.

Your bike or intended new bike is put into the Bkool trainer and you start to ride. Pedalling helps you relax and warm up.

We then begin the process of assessing saddle height, saddle position, pedalling technique, the bar and stem, brake set up and braking whilst descending and cornering.

We will have a chance to look at you, the way that you pedal and the way that your body is reacting to your riding position.

We check your posture and measure up to compare your position against certain standards for bicycle setup. At this stage, we will measure your bike so that we can record your original position exactly. With the setup recorded we can start to make some minor changes to the position. With each adjustment both of us will be able to see how the changes have helped with your comfort.

The usual ride is along part of a 30k section of the Vuelta d'Espana. The whole session will take approximately 2 hours and you may even want to finish the route although riding uninterrupted will only take between 20 and 30 minutes. Once you and we are happy with your new position the details will be recorded and you can leave to ride and thoroughly test the new set up.

Apex Bike FitThroughout the entire process, we will advise you of what can be adjusted and what the effect is. We will also advise you on your riding using our vast experience to ensure that you will have a better understanding of riding techniques to get the most out of your bike. In our view nothing is more important than being comfortable on the bike. You will be advised that the process is not a one off and that you may need to revisit for a follow up for fine tuning.

 

Apex Performance Bike Fitting

We chose the Apex because we were doing many fits and looked at a lot of the systems available, in our opinion, the Apex is the only bike fitting system that gives you the actual data to prove the benefits of any adjustment. It is not just a measuring tool but it actually shows you the gains from your new position in terms of power output and heart rate. This is interpreted according to your needs: a time trialist may want to sacrifice anything for power whereas sportive rider will want to balance comfort over time against maximum power output.

The Apex Fit System comprises of a bike fit and functional movement screening. This system is the most advanced, revolutionary bike fitting & cycle coaching system in the world. The Apex Bike Fit is the only bike fitting system on the market to quantify why one rider's position is better or more efficient than another.

Functional Movement Assessment Option

You can opt to have our bike fit trained physiotherapist conduct a series of flexibility and strength tests that finds your biomechanical fingerprint. The results highlight strengths and weaknesses in their body, giving very clear indicators to the bike fitter how the rider is likely to react to any adjustments. More importantly, it creates a specific training program for the rider to enable greater gains in the future. 

The Apex Bike

Our full servo-assisted bike allows the rider's position to be micro-adjusted whilst pedalling to find the perfect bike fit. A full suite of monitoring software enables the technician to quantify the fit by tracking power, heart rate, cadence, torque analysis every 1.5 degrees and torque force direction to find the most powerful and efficient position for the rider.

The Perfect Machine for the Cycle Coach 

The Apex Bike has been designed for physiological testing as well as in depth position analysis. Most coaches use the Ramp Test, 20min FTP (Functional Threshold Power) or Critical Power Test to analyse and track a rider's ability and improvement. The Apex Bike will do all of this. If you want to pursue training with power Stages power cranks offer a modest cost option.  Click here for information on the Stages Power Meter.

Click here to find out more about the Apex Bike from the designer and manufacturer Apex Bike Performance.

Mountain Bikes

We are not just road bike fitters. We have extensive knowledge of mountain biking and the local trails across Sussex, and particularly around Worthing, Brighton, Chichester, Horsham and across to Lewes.  So, we have helped many a rider get more out of their mountain bike. We are skilled in bike set up including suspension systems and brakes to ensure that you get the most out of your lovely steed wherever you ride, whatever your weight and whatever your size.

Women - Half our fits are for women

We have spent years helping women out with their bike set up so that they can enjoy their ride in comfort and safety. We can set up your brakes so that you can actually use them even though Mr Shimano designed them specifically for big guys, not petite women.

What will you need?

You and your bike.

Your riding shoes.

You may want to wear your cycling kit including gloves. Expect to get hot and sweaty.

How do you book?

Call the shop on 01903 573700 to arrange an appointment.

How much does it cost?

Bkool measurement and fit: £90 - 2 hours.

Apex measurement and fitting £140

Apex fitting including Functional Movement Assessment with physiotherapist £190 up to 3 hours plus

Apex fit including Apex Functional Movement Assessment with physiotherapist and ramp test (20min FTP) £250 up to 3 - 4 hours very hard work.

What our happy customers say

Hi

 I meant to write to you ages ago to thank you for your work last week. I flew up the hills on Saturday....I think you must have put a rocket somewhere!

 If you could send over the new measurements that would be great. 

 I have recommended you to anyone who will listen so hopefully you'll get some referrals.

 Many thanks again

 Helen 

02/06/17

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Hi JP

 Thanks so much for the attached.

 I went out on my bike on Saturday for a 50 mile ride which included going up Leith Hill for the first time. I can honestly say that due to the adjustments you made on my bike, I was able to complete the climb without getting off and feel so proud of myself. I loved the feel of the bike so much that I went out and did another 30 miles yesterday!!

 The tension I felt at the base of my neck has disappeared and I feel able to pull the brakes comfortably now which has improved my confidence no end!! Interestingly, I would say the bike doesn't feel "different" as such but it does feel more comfortable and easier to ride, break and climb hills.

 As I said to you on Thursday, it's "amazing !!!" and thank you so much for transforming my bike!!

I have already recommended you to my cycling buddies so hopefully you will have many more customers coming your way!!

 Thanks again for everything, to Janet for her great directions to make sure I actually got there and to Missy for her fantastic hosting skills on the night!

A lovely evening with a great bunch of people and highly recommended.

 Helen :)

22/05/17

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Hi JP 

 Thought I'd let you know how the bike is. It's great in a word. I finally get off and am not in pain. Still a bit achy in the back but I suspect that's my bad back rather than the fit.

Flanders was brilliant last weekend. You really must get out there. One thing I've noticed since the fit is it seems a lot easier getting the power down and it strikes me as though it's more consistent through the pedal stroke instead of being choppy especially noticeable when climbing.

Super happy overall, looking forward to the summer.

Thanks again,

All the best 

 

Geoff

06/04/17

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Hi JP

Just an update on the fit we did the other day. 

I finally got out today and got caught in the weather! All when well, the saddle was fine, not uncomfortable and no hot spots. 

The hight was fine and seemed to allow me to peddle at. A good  cadence I tried most positions but noticed that I was more comfortable and could stay on the drops longer. 

When climbing I didn't feel it was as comfortable but not uncomfortable and looking at Strava results, it looks like it may be better. Need more climbing to see if there is a difference?

Once again thanks for the help

Sam W

15/01/16

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Hi JP,

Just to let you know the bike and pedals are great. I had a good ride with the tri club yesterday (~40 miles), no problems , all felt great. Am feeling very comfortable on it. Clipping in and out is getting easier. No shoulder ache today which is encouraging (was very painful after my ~25 miles as part of an Olympic tri in the summer). 

All the best, 

Rachel 

09/01/17

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Hi JP,

The bike fit has made a massive change to my comfort on the road. Cycling feels a lot more effortless and speeds have picked up.

I'm holding off buying my boyfriend Taf the voucher for now because I think, after all my talking about how good the fitting was, he is half-way to buying one for himself!

 Thanks so much again for a throughly interesting and enjoyable evening.

 Lucy

16/11/16

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Thanks for the bike fit session, I found the whole experience and all the tips really helpful. I even managed 16 miles today and it was a much smoother ride with less hip pain. All the nerves about getting on and off the bike with the saddle being raised were pointless as it was not half as bad as I imagined. I shall keep riding and if I have any issues I'll be in contact.

 Many thanks for your help

 Karen

23/08/16

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Hi Tim - Quick update, couldn't be happier with the bike fit......I completed the Biarritz to Barcelona ride with no back or neck pain, and no chafing with the new saddle.....amazed and so happy! I did the South Downs 100 a couple of weeks ago also for good measure!

 Thanks again

Ben

18/08/16

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Thanks for all your help JP. The fit is great, i feel stronger for longer than ever and my cumulative fatigue is considerably less. Discomfort in my shoulders has reduced massively, i cycled a very hilly 80 miles on Saturday with no issues. Cant recommend you highly enough. I'll keep you posted on our progress in france!

 Thanks again,

H

21/05/16

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Hi JP

 I just wanted to confirm what a difference the bike fit on the 22nd March has made to my cycling and life!

In the past 7 weeks I have cycled over 1,182 km and climbed over 9,000m. What is interesting, if you look at my statistics, is that my average speed for a 40km ride has gone from 23.5km/h to 26km/h.

 In the past 4 weeks I have also completed 4 x 100+km rides and that data is even more impressive going from 22km/h to 24kmh. Agreed that I have toned up and lost 5kg but I know that this is the result of the bike fit.

 I now promote you everywhere I go and I know a few people have visited your shop as a result.

 Thank you once again for amazing service and advice. I often chat with Steve Sole about you.

 Best wishes

 Derek 09/05/16

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Hi JP, Just got the timing results for my ride today, remember I was knocking on the door for Silver award well I got Gold so that's how much you have improved my bike for me, Brilliant!! 3 hours 50 minutes for 64 miles Speak soon

Graham 22/09/15

JP The bike fit was great first ride 25 pr's on strava I seem to be able to motor along so much better. Best money I've ever spent on the bike. I did drop saddle 5mm just to make it easier on off but that's all. I have been moaned at yesterday by one of mates I was leading him and left him in a world of hurt trying to keep my wheel. Again thanks a lot to yourself and Tim

Andy17/06/15

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I went along to Quest Adventure in Worthing for a bike fitting this morning and just thought i'd do a quick review.
The whole session took last for of 2 1/2 hours and cost £125.
JP ran me through what the fitting would entail. He measured my bike set up and then transferred these to the Apex bike. He then went through cleat set up and checked that mine were in the correct place.
After a quick warm up on the Apex bike he videoed me riding under different loads and then went through the footage with me explaining what he was looking for. The Apex bike varies ride height and distance between the saddle and bars as you ride and shows differences in power output and heart rate to obtain the best combination of comfort and power output. Once the best saddle height was found mine needed to be moved back a little, JP then adjusted my handle bar position and suggested tat I might need a shorter stem, it was only £20 and I didn't feel pressured in to buying it. He also showed me where the span adjusters are on my brakes and moved the position of they slightly.
I've only ridden my bike around the block but it does feel comfier, i'll find out tomorrow when I go for a longer ride what differences there are.
All in all I would say that its money well spent, I was getting a slight ache in my back and wrists on longer rides and hope that this fitting session might help with that, should find out tomorrow if it has.
And the Kask helmets looked nice so I ended up buying one of those too.

Ian Fairclough 18/07/15

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JP
The bike fit was great first ride 25 pr's on strava I seem to be able to motor along so much better. Best money I've ever spent on the bike. I did drop saddle 5mm just to make it easier on off but that's all. I have been moaned at yesterday by one of mates I was leading him and left him in a world of hurt trying to keep my wheel. Again thanks a lot to yourself and Tim

Andy17/06/15

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Hi JP,

 Finally had a chance to ramp up some decent miles with 8 hours in the saddle over the weekend and am absolutely THRILLED with bike setup. Thank you so much. Amazing job. Not a single hint of back ache, no pins and needles in hands OR feet …….. just brilliant!!

Many many thanks,

Amanda 14/04/15

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Hi JP,

Thank you very much.

I've just been out on the roads for the first time since October, and for the first time ever my Specialised TriCross felt very comfortable indeed. I found being on the drops very natural (another first) but the most surprising thing was how much I liked the slightly in-turned hoods.

I would very much like my Trek to be adjusted similarly, though having got my tape measure out I suspect it won't be possible without a shorter stem.

Marjory, 11/02/14

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Hi JP

Thank you very much for my bike fit today made it home save and sound.

The ride home felt really good with the adjustments you made,the most noticeable being the hoods they felt really comfortable on my wrists being turned in and raised up.

I noticed that my feet didn't ache as much I think the combination of moving the cleats and the seat etc has definitely helped,I didn't think it was going to make great difference to the way I ride but it does overall position a lot better.

 My next job will be to focus on my Tt bike and try and make that a better riding position.

Jeremy 12/02/15

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Hello JP,

 Thanks for the fit, my knee pain has dissappeared even though i have ridden  7 hours in the last few days. Im well pleased with that :-)  My back is a bit sore but thats just getting used to the new position.

Anyway see you for a ride when its a bit lighter in the evenings.

 Neil Riley 02/12/14

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Hi JP,

 I got to try the bike properly yesterday and the outcome was pretty interesting. In terms of the saddle position I would say that it was odd as it didn't feel like I was positioned differently although it felt a little higher. But it seemed that I definitely had a bit more power at my disposal for climbing, don't know if it was in my head or not, but it felt good.

 As far as the handlebars go they felt higher and initially it took a little getting used to, but after half an hour or so I didn't notice it any longer. However, downhill it made a big difference, I was able to stay on the hoods a little more and didn't get the fatigue in my neck which was nice.

 Overall I would say I finished the ride feeling less beaten up, so that's a result!

Jimbo 23/09/14

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Thanks again for doing that :-)

Thank you for yesterday, it was a very interesting session from start to finish & I learned a lot.

 A ride this morning shows great potential for future improvements with:

 21.5 miles Time 1h 19m Elevation 254m

Average Speed 16.2mph ( my fastest yet - and included warm up, thinking about & trying the new techniques that you explained, but was nowhere near all out effort).

Andy Mahon 05/09/14

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Thanks for the bike fit today JP. Really enjoyed the session and learnt a lot. Good luck with the South Downs Way!

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On Thursday, splashed some cash on a professional bike fit at Quest Adventure. Took 3 hours including input from a physio. Hard work.

Wow what a difference, average speed up by 1.6mph over same route as I did on Monday. No Doms or numbness. Much more power and the bike handling was great...average heart rate up and burnt 400 kcal more and don't feel as tired.
Well pleased.

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Afternoon JP,
The position is going very well. I love it in-fact!
Had an issue with my saddle yesterday that cut all training short but have fitted the same saddle I had previously to the new bike and I was away. New PB on a few hills and on a few local stretches so its going well.

Alan

Alan does 200 miles per week and wants to break the club 24hr record. He had an Apex Performance Bike fit

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Hi JP, Just to say rode the bike today after the bike fit. It felt like I was able to put a lot more power through the pedals. The bike for sure felt more comfortable and really nice to be able to just rest my hands on the handle bars, so thanks again for taking the time to sort my bike setup out.
Cheers,
Nick Suckling

Nick is aiming for a good time for the South Downs Way this year.

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Matt Baker ( who bought a bike fitting for his Dad as a present)  says “ Great service! My dad has a new love of riding thanks to JP now”!

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Karen Mcgrath (via Facebook): "Thank you JP for the Bike Fit session. Just the ride home felt a different experience. I would never have known I had a droopy saddle - or what a difference it would make, and the arms are definitely better positioned. Enjoyed the Bkool too."

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Mandy Buxton: “Did a leisurely 35mile loop today WOW!! New set up is great. Huge difference on hills. Thank you so much.