Cardinal Bike Fit Studio
Cardinal Bicycle Bike Fit Services
A good bike fit will help you ride pain-free, maximize performance, and reduce your risk of injury. We perform a complete physical assessment and use Retül Bike Fit technology to provide the most precise bike fit services available.
Retül allows us to take dynamic measurements while you pedal--compared to traditional manual bike fit methods that use measurements taken from a static position. By taking accurate measurements while you ride, we can make precise adjustments to improve comfort and performance. Combined with a thorough physical assessment, this allows us to get to the root cause of your issues quickly and eliminates guesswork.
Cardinal Bicycle is the only shop in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and New River Valley to offer this service.
Why Is Fitting Important?
Bike fitting is for all types of cyclists—from recreational to professional riders. Whether you ride a road bike, mountain bike, triathlon bike, gravel bike, commuter bike, hybrid bike, or comfort bike you can benefit from a bike fit.
Increase Comfort (Be happy)
Riding your bike should not hurt. Hand pain, back pain, neck pain, foot pain, and saddle pain are not part of riding. There are multiple factors that can cause comfort issues when riding. During a Retul fit, your fitter uses information collected during a physical assessment, precise measurements, and proven data to get to the root of your issue. This allows us to make the adjustments tailored for your body and range of motion so you can be comfortable on your bike. A comfortable position is a fast position.
Prevent Injuries (Stay safe)
A position that keeps your body optimally aligned and pain-free on the bike can help prevent injuries. Everyone is different, so that position will vary from rider to rider. We perform an in-depth physical assessment to understand your unique needs and how to best support you on your bike. 3D tracking lets us assess your knee, foot, and hip alignment through your entire pedal stroke to optimize alignment based on your unique needs.
Improve Performance (Go fast!)
Retul’s digital measurements and our fitter’s physical assessment allow us to fine tune items such as saddle height and set-back for optimal power transfer based on where force is being applied to the pedals and in what position muscles can work the most effectively. 3D tracking lets us assess your knee, foot, and hip alignment through your entire pedal stroke to maximize efficiency, and we can work to balance aero dynamics and comfort for the most optimal position for the rider.
Learn about your body and position on the bike (Get smart)
A fit is also an opportunity for you to learn about your own body including flexibility, stability, skeletal structure, range of motion, and how it can affect your comfort and performance.
Fitting Packages & Pricing
Find the custom bike sizing or fitting package that is right for you. We recommend that everyone who has ever purchased a bike (or ever plans to) have a sizing. This is critical to ensure injury prevention and a comfortable ride. We want all our customers to be happy so your hobby lasts a lifetime. This is why Cardinal Bicycle includes a FREE sizing and $100 off any fitting on all new bike purchases.
Eliminate the guesswork of traditional fitting, and use the most accurate data available to achieve a true fit, maximize efficiency and performance, and avoid discomfort or injury.
What Is Retül?
Retül uses 3D-motion capture technology to accurately measure every degree of movement and millimeter of distance, providing you and our trained fitters with precise data to make the best choices to fit your cycling equipment. No two riders are the same, and Retül Premium takes that into account through personalized ranges based on your own range of motion. If other "fitting studios" aren't using 3D motion-capture technology based on proven ranges, then the decisions they are making to fit your bike are not based on accurate data.
RETUL LIVES BY THREE MAIN DATA POINTS IN FIT THEORY:
- Bike Fits Must Be Dynamic. Most fitting specialists fit riders in a static position. Thanks to motion capture tech, Retül can record your positions while in motion, therefore creating the most realistic picture of your actual pedal strokes and body positions when on the road or trail.
- Measurements Must Be Accurate. Manual measurements are subject to human error and can be inaccurate. The Retül system is accurate within less than a millimeter, creating true objective data.
- Biomechanics Are Best Assessed Three-Dimensionally. Traditional bike fitters rely on two-dimensional video making it impossible to connect how all sides of the body's movements work together. The 3D motion sensor from Retül simultaneously gathers data from multiple angles.
What Happens During a Retül Fit?
If the Shoe Fits
Whether on the road or the trail or in the spin studio, the right cycling-specific shoe and pedals can make a world of difference. Our team has experience with shoes for all disciplines, and can recommend the best shoe to fit your needs and to help you get where your going safely, more comfortably, and more efficiently.