Retül Bike Fit at Sweet Pete's in Toronto
What is Retül bike fitting?
The Retül Motion Capture system is the most advanced dynamic bike fitting system in the industry. In the past, fitting has been limited to static measurements taken while stopping at specific points in the pedal stroke. While this is a good method, it does not allow measurements to be taken while actively riding. The Retül system captures real-time, 3D, millimeter-specific data from 8 anatomical points on each side of the body with extreme accuracy.
The large amounts of data allows the Retül certified fitter to assess everything from the riders position to how they move on the bike, as well as assess any pain or discomfort while riding. They will look at individual points as well as how all the body moves as a whole.
The Goal Of A Bike Fit
The goal of a bike fit is to optimize balance and comfort in the overall position of a rider while they are riding their bike.
As well as gaining efficiency, a Retül fit allows for compensation of injuries or anatomical imbalances, and in most cases leads to performance gains and improved comfort in the saddle over extended periods.
Retül has established optimal ranges for each angle of the body involved in cycling. This allows the fitter to make precise adjustments that are individualized to the rider while also making the rider more efficient.
How does the Retül bike fit process work?
You'll be in good hands with our professional bike fitter, who is certified by the International Bike Fitting Institute and is dedicated to giving you the best fit experience and results possible.
A fit can be done on an existing bike or upon/before the purchase of a new bike. To get fitted before you buy we can use the fully adjustable Retül Müve bike that can replicate the fit of almost any bike and size, this allows the rider ton get perfectly fitted to the bike as part of the purchasing process.
Keep reading to learn how the whole process works.
Step 1: Personal riding history
We start all fits with Rider History. This includes past riding experience and specific upcoming goals, as well as past injuries and discomfort or pain experienced as a result riding.
Step 2: Physical assessment
After the Rider History, the fitter will assess the cleat position and perform a physical assessment. The physical assessment looks for any left/right discrepancies or tendencies in the physical makeup of the rider as well as assessing overall fitness and flexibility.
Step 3: Gather fit data
LED markers are then placed on 8 anatomical points on each side of the body, and an initial video capture is done from both front and side angles. 3D data is then captured under various degrees of resistance on both left and right sides.
The rider will be able to see themselves on the screen as it displays their movements in real time. Using the captured data the fitter will make adjustments to the bike/position and then re-capture. This process is repeated after each change until the rider is optimized and comfortable.
After all adjustments have been made a second video is captured and examined. From this and the initial video a photo will be extracted to display the changes.
Step 4: Apply the fit to a bike
The final step is to ‘digitize’ the bike using the Retül Zin. Using 13 points on the bike, the Zin creates a digital profile and precise measurements allowing the fit to be copied to additional bikes, or transferred to a new bike.
Step 5: Personal fit report
After the fit is done, the fitter will create a comprehensive report which includes:
- a summary of the fit
- an overview of what changes were made
- an overview of the physical assessment
- data from the final left and right 3D captures
- pre-fit and post-fit photo’s
- a Zin report with millimeter precise measurements of your bike
Bike Fitting Prices
Retül Dynamic fit at Sweet Pete's is $350
Static Fit with Saddle Pressure Mapping is $150
Retül Dynamic fit including Saddle Pressure Mapping $400
Transfer Fit Co-Ordinates to secondary bike $50
Schedule your bike fitting
Bike sizing and fits can be booked by Monday-Friday at our 1204 Bloor St. West location by emailing email@example.com , or by calling 416-533-4481.
How long does a bike fitting take?
Retul fits take 1.5 hours and include a physical assessment and rider history interview - 350.00 Saddle pressure fits take 45 min to 1 hour - 150.00
Comprehensive fit which uses most of the tools we have (including Retul and saddle pressure) and our experience and eyes to get the best set up possible.
Includes a pre evaluation interview and physical assessment, comprehensive analysis and subsequent adjustment of your bike to ensure the changes are working for you and the changes are evidence based. Can take up to 2-3 hours - 400.00 all for one bike.
What you need to bring
What do I need to bring for a fit?
To perform a fit, the rider needs to bring cycling shoes, pedals and riding clothes. It is also recommended to bring a water bottle and your favorite riding snack as you will be active during the fit. If the fit is being done on the Müve fit bike bring your favorite saddle if you have one.
What kind of bike can I bring in for a bike fit ?
Road, Mountain and Hybrid bikes will all benefit from a bike fit.. An optimized position will make for a more comfortable ride.
Do I need to bring my shoes?
About 30% of our fit customers come in with shoes that are the incorrect size and/or width . Both Lake and Bont cycling shoes are available with a variety of widths, toe boxes and heel cups . They can make a huge difference in foot comfort . We can measure and trace your feet at the shop and help determine which shoe is best for you Lake shoes take typically a week or two to come in Bont’s take significantly longer .
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More bike fitting FAQs
Is it normal to feel some discomfort on my road bike?
It is not normal to be uncomfortable on your bike. You should never feel pain while riding your bike.
Who can benefit from a Retül fit?
Anyone who rides a bike at any level, whether it is road, mountain, cross or triathlon, can all enjoy the same benefits of a fit. While it is common to have a fit done after experiencing pain and discomfort from riding, having a full fit can also prevent it by putting the rider in the best position from the start.
Is a bike fit worth the money?
Whether you're experiencing pain while riding or you're hoping to improve your overal cycling performance, investing in a professional bike fit is worth every cent.
Why is bike fitting expensive?
Just like going to a doctor, you're relying on the expert knowledge of a bike fitter and the state of the art technology to help improve your experience. Once you've gone through the process and are enjoying the benefits of a proper fit, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
If you aren't experiencing pain or looking for better performance and you just want a bike that will fit fine, check out our Bike Size Guide and go from there! We'll make sure everything looks great before you walk out the door.
Is a Retül fit included when I purchase a bike?
A full Retül fit is not included when you purchase a bike. However, we will include the sizing and adjustment of any bike that is purchased from us. This consists of:
- ensuring correct frame size
- the seat is in the correct height and position (static measurement)
- check the reach and back angle
- suggest a different stem if required
- set cleats in a neutral position
What is saddle pressure mapping?
New to the Sweet Pete's fit studio is the groundbreaking Saddle Pressure Mapping System developed for Trek by Gebiomized in Germany. The system analyses pressure from 64 sensors enabling us to accurately quantify pressure and better visualize the rider’s contact with the saddle. This allows us to make positive changes to the saddle and position on the bike arriving at the optimal position and saddle for any rider.
For a scientific approach to choosing a saddle, this system allows you to see precisely where your saddle pressure points are. Full analysis of saddle pressure points using pressure mapping tool and application.
Excellent for riders looking for a more comfortable saddle.
Valuable for riders who have left/right imbalances and are asymmetric on the saddle
What is our fitters experience/education ?
Bike fits for 8 years . IBFI Level 2 Certification, Level 1 ISCO Cycling Biomechanics, Retul Level 1 Technician, Physio Bike Fit Level 1 & 2 , Level 2 ISCO Cycling Biomechanics, ISCO Time Trial and Triathlon Specifics.