Athletes’ Corner

Bike Fitting

Cycling comfort and efficiency begin with a bike that fits right. Buying a bike is about much more than picking the one that pleases your aesthetic sensibilities the most, as it’s the fit that will largely determine how much enjoyment you will gain from your bicycle. So it’s important to get the right size in the first place. , and here a quality bike shop will be able to help.


We, at the Rubin Health Center, will help you evaluate what the right bike fitting for you is. If you already have a bike, but are experiencing pain or discomfort during or after riding, we can help.

Your body’s position on the bike affects how you ride. It affects how much power you can efficiently deliver to the pedals. It affects how comfortable you are on the bike. A position that is more comfortable may not allow you to put as much energy into moving the bike forward as a less comfortable position might. How do you decide where to position your body on the bike?

Ask yourself, “What do I want to do with my bike?”, “Why am I riding?”. A track sprinter is not the least bit concerned with how comfortable he is sitting on the bike. During the race, (which may last for less than a minute), he may only be seated for 5 or 10 seconds. A long distance tourist traveling coast to coast across the USA might spend 5 to 12 hours a day in the saddle, day after day. He is probably far more concerned with being comfortable and enjoying the scenery than with going as fast as he can.