Common Bike Fit Questions

“I’m Not A Good Enough Rider To Need A Bike Fitting.”

Anyone who wants to be a better bike rider or ride their bike more frequently is a “good enough rider” to benefit from a Green Lizard bike fit. The majority of riders we work with do not race and ride for fun and recreation. The number one way to become a better rider is to start with a Green Lizard fitting so that your bike is set-up to help your body work well and so that you understand the technique and posture that helps you ride better and more comfortably.

“I Don’t Ride Enough To Justify A Fitting.   Shouldn’t I Wait Until I Am In Better Cycling Shape?”

Riding a $1000+ bike without being well set-up on it is like buying a car without a heater or air conditioning because you don’t drive much. In fact, some of the people who benefit from a Green Lizard fit the most come in thinking they don’t ride enough for the fitting to be worth it. Nothing helps you want to ride your bike more, or enjoy the limited time you can ride as much, than being properly positioned on your bike and understanding the riding technique and posture that helps you ride better and with comfort.

“I Just Need A Basic Fitting. Can’t Someone Just Look At Me On My Bike And Help With My Problem?”

A Green Lizard Fit process is likely more comprehensive and less complicated than you think. We don’t offer a host of ala carte fitting levels because there are too many variables that are important to a proper bike fit to be skipping crucial and universal steps. If you had surgery and were offered two different levels of repair would you select the surgery that was cheapest and took the least time with a 40% chance of success or the one that covered the important bases and had a 90%+ chance of success?

We guarantee that you will not find a Green Lizard Fit “too much” for you or not worth the time and money you invest.  We will make it right if you don't agree.


"I was fit by Les before. Where is he and what happened to my data?"

Have no fear Les was a diligent documenter and we have all your measurements,  data, and reports stored.  Les has gone to a well deserved retirement in Harrisonburg. We will all miss him, but he set a standard for fit excellence at Green Lizard that motivates us  to meet and exceed with fanatical attention to detail. Clovis Anderson, we believe he will make Les proud and will exceed your expectations.

“Isn’t A Green Lizard Fit Expensive?”

What is really expensive is buying new bikes and products over and over in a quest for the right fit and ride.   If you could hire a tutor for your child for a couple hours and have their grades go up a full level, or if you could go to the dentist for a special cleaning for a few hundred dollars and not have to go back for 5-10 years, would you do it? There are few activities in life where you can hire a qualified professional for just a few hours and get the improvement many of our clients see.  

A Green Lizard Fit offers great value for the money. We guarantee that you’ll find it worth your time and money. We will make it right if you don't agree.

“I’m Already Comfortable On My Bike, Why Would I Want A Fit?”

A Green Lizard Fit is all about positioning you to become a better rider. Proper bike fit goes well beyond comfort and some riders don’t know just how comfortable they can be on their bike. First year rider or Olympian, if you want your body to work better on your bike, a Green Lizard Bike Fit will benefit you. It is important to remember that your body is a dynamic system that adapts in amazing ways to the changes in you and your bike, even seemingly small ones.  

“Aren’t Fittings Only For People Who Buy Expensive Bikes?”

Riding is a human experience and the mechanics are the same (and thus the benefits of a Green Lizard Fit are the same) regardless of what level bike you ride. A well fit bike is the best way to maximize your comfort, efficiency, performance and enjoyment of your bike no matter what the price of the bike. Not being properly fit on your bike is like never changing the oil in your car because it was not an expensive car. Bike fitting is a fundamental building block to the best riding experience possible. A well fit $1000 bike will provide a better and more enjoyable riding experience than an ill fitting $15K bike.

“Do You Work With People Facing Severe Physical Limitations Riding Their Bicycle?”

Yes. Green Lizard is all about making it work for you. For example, we have worked to fit and then order custom cranks that have allowed people with fused ankles or significant range of motion limitations in their hips and knees still be able to ride. Fused vertebrae and replacement joints are common for us…   Let us know what you are facing and we’d be happy to let you know how we can potentially help you enjoy riding again.

“I Was Fit When I Bought My Bike At XYZ Shop. How Is The Green Lizard Fit Process Different/Better Than What I’ll Get At My Local Bike Shop Or With Another Bike Fitter?”

There are very, very few bike shops that offer a fitting that is like a Green Lizard Fit. From the experience of our bike fitter, to our tools and processes, Green Lizard brings long experienced professionals in bike fitting and bike set-up – it is our passion and our careers. Even if we make no changes in your position at all from your previous fitting, we guarantee that you will learn technique and postural hints that will enhance your cycling or triathlon performance that you will find are worth the investment.