MyVeloFit’s technology is pretty easy to use, but following the tips below will help you get the best results. There are three main components to your bike fit setup:
The Rider (you)
The Setup (your bike, trainer, room, and camera)
The Video (what we analyze)
We’re going to go over our key recommendations for each below, but don’t worry if you miss anything, we’ve got reminders during the fit process if you need a refresher.
While it’s called a bike fit, the focus of the whole process is really on you, the rider. With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most from your fit.
Assess Your Mobility
Whether it’s our AI-based video assessment or our mobility questionnaire, completing a mobility assessment is critical to getting fit results that are specific to you. Your mobility plays a significant role in what riding positions will work for you and we tailor all our recommendations accordingly.
Dress The Part
Whatever clothes you wear to ride is often a great start for your fit. While very tight fitting clothes, like spandex bike kit is great, any snug fitting athletic attire will do the trick.
Avoid lots of black. We know everyone loves black, but it can create issues with contrast between body parts in the video. So when in doubt, avoid two pieces of black clothing next to each other. Black shorts? Wear a different jersey. Black shoes? Wear coloured socks.
Getting a bike fit is about adjusting the bike to suit your needs while you’re riding. Your body will move slightly differently once you’re warmed up than if you just hop right on the bike. We want your fit to suit your whole ride, not just the 5 minutes at the start, so take 10-15 minutes to warm-up before starting your fit.
Hand Position Matters
Where you place your hands on the handlebar can make a big difference in your overall position on the bike. MyVeloFit can analyze your position no matter where your hands are, BUT our recommendations are based on what we call an “all-day position”. For bikes with a flat handlebar like an MTB or a hybrid this is pretty clear, but on drop bar bikes be sure to place your hands on the hoods.
Don’t move your hands. We can only analyze one hand position per video. If you move your hands during the video, your results are unlikely to be reliable.
Pedal at a normal cadence (85-95RPM for most). We know it might be tempting to slow down to make sure the camera catches it all, but this isn’t how you pedal out on the road so it’s not how you should be fit.
Put some resistance on the trainer. Similar to your cadence, your fit should be analyzed as close as possible to your normal riding conditions. So after you’re warmed up, pick a resistance that requires some effort but is still comfortable.
Your setup can make a big difference in the quality and consistency of your fit results. There’s no need to do anything fancy, just a little attention to detail goes a long way.
Your Bike & Trainer We can fit almost any bike, on any trainer (or rollers), but there are a few details that will help.
Level your bike. Having your bike level is the best way to ensure it will be level with the camera. Choosing a mostly level surface, and measuring the distance from the ground at both axles is the best way to check this. If one axle is lower than the other, find something to put underneath the front wheel or trainer to help raise it to the correct height. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just close.
MyVeloFit is designed to be able to process video from most sources, however we’ve found that phones, tablets and USB webcams work best.
Camera Placement The height, distance, and angle of your camera can have an impact on your results, so paying a little attention goes a long way.
Repeatability Is Key
Take note of your camera and bike positions so you can take another video from a similar position in future. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the more consistent the placement, the more consistent the results.
Your camera needs to be far enough away that your entire body (including your head) is in the frame at all times. If any part of your body leaves the frame we can’t track it. For most cameras, this is >3m/10ft away from the rider.
Ideal camera placement is around saddle/hip height for the rider being recorded. This is >1m/3ft off the ground.
Avoid angling the camera. It should be level (with the axles of the bike), square and centered on the rider (halfway between the bikes axles), and straight (not tilted up or down).
We’re not generally picky on background, but there are a few things you can do to avoid issues:
No Other People
No other people, photos of people, or mirrors that have people visible can be in the video. Our AI will see them, and we can’t make any promises after that.
The background should ideally be a different color than both your skin and your clothing so our AI can easily pick you out at all times.
While a blank wall would be great, any background with minimal clutter is best.
It is important to have enough light that your video analysis isn’t affected by shadows or a lack of contrast. This is especially important if your clothing is a similar colour to either your bike or the background. If your analysis is confusing your legs or tracking something it shouldn’t, your lightning is likely the issue.
Light the rider
Placing light sources from the same direction as the camera is the best way to get consistent results. Be careful with spot lightning as it can create heavy shadows. Lots of ambient light is ideal.
Significant lighting from behind the rider (pointing toward the camera) can cause issues with contrast.
Once you have yourself and your setup figured out, recording a video is the easy part. There are a few tips we recommend.
Use Normal Video Settings.
Ultrawide lenses and video settings can distort the image and cause issues with your results.
Slow motion settings limit the amount of data we can collect on your pedal stroke, reducing accuracy.
While 4k video is great, we’re going to compress is anyway so save yourself some upload time and record in a lower resolution (e.g. 720p, 1080p).
Trim the Video
If you’re using our built-in camera, just follow the instructions and we’ll only record what’s important.
Uploading your own video? Trim the video to only include you riding the bike, not getting on or off. We recommend taking 30+ seconds of video and then trimming to the middle 10-15sec of riding to submit for your analysis. It’s very easy on most modern devices to trim a video. Here are detailed instructions for Apple and Samsung .
Now that you’re all set up and ready to get started, it’s time to record yourself riding, get the results, and make some changes to your fit (if needed). If you’d like to understand your results a bit better, we recommend checking out our Fit Example, and to save yourself some time, we also have a recommended order for making your adjustments.
Bike Fit Setup Takeaways
We’ve thrown a lot of info at you, but these are the key setup takeaways for a great fit:
Start with a mobility assessment. Personalized fit results rely on your mobility.
Place your camera properly and consistently. It needs to be far enough away to see the whole rider, around saddle height, square (to the rider), and level (with the axles of the bike).
Ride like normal. Warm-up, put your hands in their “normal” position, have some resistance on the trainer, and pedal at a natural cadence (85-95RPM).
Follow our fit process: Record, Analyze, Adjust, Repeat
Record and upload a video of you on the bike. Use normal video settings, no wide angle or slo-motion.
Follow our adjustment process. Start with the saddle, don’t make front end adjustments until your saddle is “in-range”.
Repeat until your recommended adjustments are all “in-range”. On average this takes riders 3-4 video uploads and rounds of adjustment..
Go ride. If after a few rides you are still uncomfortable, you can start to experiment with different positions within your recommended ranges.
Want some extra advice? Request an Expert Review of your fit.
Justin is a lifelong cyclist that has spent the past 15 years in the bike industry across a variety of roles. His diverse work in sales, procurement, fitting, instructing, and planning cycling infrastructure is all driven by a desire to help more people experience the wonder of cycling. He brings this breadth of experience to building MyVeloFit into a company and service that not only provides bike fits, but one that enables more people to get the most out of cycling.