MBFA Uniform Fit Elements

Master Bike Fitters Association Uniform Fit Elements.

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MBFA UNIFORM FIT ELEMENTS When it comes to bicycle fitting, all Master Bike Fitter Association (MBFA) dealers agree to meet the professional standards for bicycle fitting as provided by SICI – the most experienced and scientific bicycle fit institute in the world.  SICI has a proven fit methodology that is based in approaching every fitting based on individual needs and taking a “Fit First” approach that places the needs of the rider before that of the bicycle. While many MBFA dealers provide additional elements in their fittings, at a minimum, every professional bicycle fitting by an MBFA dealer will contain the following elements:
Pre-fitting Positioning Documentation. 1) Pre-Fitting Positioning Documentation

What: A documentation of key bike set-up dimensions like reach and drop to the bars from the saddle and saddle set-back and height.

Why: If you have a bike that you have been riding, recording how the bike is set-up provides the fitter with information on potential contributing factors that might be limiting performance or comfort.  It also provides a record for the rider and fitter.
Detailed Athlete History and Goals Interview.2) Detailed Athlete History & Goals Interview

What: A comprehensive verbal interview between fitter and rider.

Why: Every athlete is different and thus one of the most important parts of any fitting is a detailed interview where the fitter learns about the rider.  The rider’s goals and concerns can only be addressed appropriately if they are known and actively addressed.

Body Proportion Assessment.3) Body Proportion Assessment

What: Measurements of body dimensions, like inseam length, and observations of general proportions.

Why: Each of us is proportioned uniquely. Having a fundamental understanding of how the rider is built provides the fitter with some insight into things to look for when the rider is on the bike in step 7.

Range of Motion Assessment in Key Cycling Muscle Groups.4) Range of Motion Assessment in Key Cycling Muscle Groups

What: Completed on an assessment table, the fitter assesses the range within which the rider’s muscles are capable of performing effectively and observes for possible asymmetries.

Why: By assessing a rider’s range of motion in key cycling muscle groups, like the hamstrings, lower back and hip flexion, the fitter can make sure that the rider’s position is built within their functional capabilities.  This helps the rider maximize pedaling economy and power while minimizing wear and strain.
Muscle Stability Assessment.5) Muscle Stability Assessment

What: These assessments are designed to provide an overview of balance, strength and potential asymmetries in the body.  Like range of motion, these assessments have some similarities to those completed by physical therapists.

Why: A rider’s ability to stabilize their core is specific to the individual.  Muscle balance and stabilization, especially in the core, can play an important role in where a rider is comfortable riding and supporting their body weight.  By understanding the functional range of the individual rider, the position will be built to accommodate the rider’s needs and goals.

Foot Pedal Interface Evaluation.6) Foot Pedal Interface Evaluation

What: An observation and assessment of foot bio-mechanics and how it relates to individual equipment needs and set-up.

Why: The feet are like the foundation of a building – they effect the entire structure above.  By making sure the feet and legs are stable, supported in a neutral cycling specific position, and well aligned on the pedals, the rest of the body up the kinetic chain is in a much better position to perform to its potential.
Dynamic On-Bike Session with Motion Capture Video Analysis and Technique Coaching7) Dynamic On-Bike Session with Motion Capture Video Analysis & Technique Coaching

What: Riding a bike is a dynamic activity and this portion of a fitting allows the fitter to observe the rider in action and make adjustments.

Why: Like the interview, riding a bike in a dynamic environment during a fitting session is absolutely crucial. This step takes all that was learned about the rider in steps 2-5 and integrates it into what actually happens during riding.  By using advanced motion capture technology, like Dartfish and Retül, the fitter can break the rider’s position down into segments. This helps the fitter make sure the rider is positioned in a neutral and economical position while providing the rider with direct feedback on how to maximize technique.
Post Fitting Position Documentation.8 ) Post Fitting Position Documentation

What: A documentation of the newly established position that can be used as a reference to set-up an existing bike or to help the rider select the new bike options that will fit and ride best for them.

Why: Like the blueprint to a building, the post fitting documentation provides you with the information needed to set-up a bike to your riding position. This can be used to improve the fit of an existing bike and can also be used to make sure you select an appropriately matched new bike that fits you well and has the right components for your needs.

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