As the new year approaches, it is time to revisit the services offered at Vector Cycle Works. 2016 has been a great year in the studio, and I'm always thankful for all the great people I meet. As my knowledge and processes have evolved, I felt it was time to update my services accordingly.
ForeverFit is the cornerstone of what I do. It's a very thorough deep-dive into understanding the human body and how it interacts with the bike. It is also about a 3 1/2 to 4 hour initial session. That amount of time is not for everybody and it also limits my availability, as I can't do a ForeverFit on weeknights. I don't feel right making people wait as much as 8 weeks to get in. I've pointed about 20 people to other fitters in the area this year because they couldn't get in soon enough.
One other important philosophy I hold is that cycling can be for everyone. One challenge for bike fitters is that we are a cottage industry within a niche industry. I am an evangelist for cycling and healthy living before I am a fitter. What percentage of the general population actually own a bike? How many of them ride it regularly? How many of them have actually been fit, or see the value in being fit? How much are they willing to pay for a fit? As we ask these questions, the size of the market gets smaller.
I want to see more people having fun on bikes. I don't want the cost of bike fitting to prevent people from getting a fit. I have always felt it should be affordable. So, in an effort to be more available to more people, I am introducing a new fit service: CoreFit. I think CoreFit helps round out the services at Vector Cycle Works - providing comprehensive services for the cyclist looking to get more out of their experience.
With all that said, here is the new menu:
RightBike - $100RightBike is the Vector Cycle Works sizing service. This is the "pre-fit" for someone looking to purchase a new bike. RightBike is based on F.I.S.T. protocols where we find the best bike solution for your body. As I covered in a couple of previous blog posts (found here and here), the days of walking into a store and having the salesperson guess your size based on your height are over. With RightBike, we'll put you on a fit bike, work through a series of trials, and then let you decide what feels best. We do some measuring, a little math, and you get a list of all the bikes that work for you, with any adjustments that need to be made. We aren't trying to hack together a bike and make it work - you deserve an elegant solution that fits well, is comfortable, handles well, fits your budget and looks good, too. While I am a dealer for a few brands of bikes, I believe in putting your comfort, efficiency, budget, and tastes first, so the list includes all the bikes available in the central Indiana area from the local bike shops, as well as online sellers.
The cost of RightBike can be applied to a subsequent CoreFit or ForeverFit. So, in a perfect world, you get sized up, buy the bike that fits you best, and come back to iron out the details with a proper fit. In my opinion, this is the best way to buy a bike.
CoreFit - $150CoreFit, as the name implies, gets back to core fit technologies to get you comfortable and efficient. Based on BikeFit and F.I.S.T. protocols, a typical CoreFit session typically takes about 2 hours for the initial fit. We will gather some basic measurements of your body and feet, dial in your overall geometry and interaction with the bike, and put the icing on the cake by spending time on your foot-pedal interface. 1 follow-up session is included. CoreFit is guaranteed - if you're not happy, you get your money back.
ForeverFit - $300ForeverFit is the ultimate comfort and performance partnership. Building on CoreFit, ForeverFit incorporates Functional Movement work to dive deep into understanding your deficiencies and asymmetries so we can understand what is holding you back from performing at your highest level. ForeverFit is guaranteed for as long as you own the bike, and also offers a 100% money back guarantee if you're not happy.
If you choose to do a CoreFit and later decide you want to upgrade to gain the benefits of ForeverFit, you can do so for the cost difference.
Once you have been fit on one bike, a subsequent bike is $100 for CoreFit or ForeverFit customers.
Functional Movement Training - $50 per hourIf you are looking to get more from your cycling experience, you may want to look at how well you move. To perform well as an athlete, we need to be mobile, stable, and strong. A Functional Movement Screen and Y-Balance test are part of ForeverFit, but can also be done separately. With Functional Movement, we screen and measure your deficiencies, and work together to develop a training plan designed specifically to overcome those deficiencies without preventing you from your normal training.
Whether you are dealing with pain, nagging injuries, or just looking to get a few more watts on the bike, Vector Cycle Works can help you find a better you.
Saddle Testing - FREEA bad saddle can keep you from spending time on the bike. Don't waste time with the wrong saddle - try one of over 70 saddles available for testing at Vector Cycle Works. Testing is free. Bring your riding attire, shoes, and bike in and we'll find a saddle that works better for you, mount it to your bike, and let you take it home to try for a longer trial. There is no reason to be uncomfortable on your saddle anymore.
Other StuffIn addition to services, Vector Cycle Works is able to provide expertise on many other aspects of cycling, including:
- Bike components - Vector Cycle Works has a wide variety of bike components from handlebars to wheels. All components include free installation.
- Power meters - Vector Cycle Works is a Power2Max Competence Center and will gladly discuss the power meter market. A power meter purchase includes free installation and batteries for the life of the power meter.
- Trainers - Indoor training is one of my favorite subjects. If you are interested in getting more out of your indoor cycling experience, Vector Cycle Works is an authorized dealer for Wahoo, Tacx, Kinetic, Elite, and CycleOps trainers. All trainers include free delivery and setup in your home (in the Indianapolis area).
If you are ready to make next season your best season ever, you can schedule time at Vector Cycle Works at https://vectorcycleworks.appointlet.com. If you're still unsure, call Travis at 317-833-0702 for more info and we'll figure out what is best for you. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to seeing you soon!