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Buying a New Bike: Three easy steps in one!

Buying a bike is a simple, easy process different from some other buying experiences. It will get you on the optimal bike uniquely configured for your comfort, safety and performance.

Like all good things, there is a beginning, middle and end:

1. Initial Fitting.
The single most important factor in comfort, safety and performance is fit. Nothing is more important than getting the right fit. This starts with your measurements. We’ve measured over 8,500 cyclists for road and triathlon bikes- more than anyone in the Midwest.

Our first step is measuring you. The measurements will tell us precisely what your dimensions and proportions are. This is information that, combined with your input, will be used to configure your new bike especially for you.

Especially if you are a new cyclist who has never ridden a road or triathlon bike before, this is the most important step- the one we always begin with.

Once we have your measurements we’ll ask you some questions. What do you hope to achieve by being fitted? Do you own a bike now? How will your new bike be used? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What things are you concerned about? These and other questions will assist us in gaining the clearest picture of what bike you should be on and how it should be configured and adjusted for you.

An initial fitting is best done by appointment. Phone us at (313) 278-1350 to schedule a fitting. There is no charge for an initial fitting- we consider it a vital part of finding the right bike for you and gathering the information to optimize the bike especially for you. We also do walk in fits, but it is best if we hear from you before you arrive to be sure you have the best possible experience during your initial fitting.

2. Now, the Bike itself…
Once we finish your initial fitting we get to work. Your bike is built to your fitting specifications with the correct length handlebar stem, aerobars, elbow pad risers, shifter placement, crank length, etc. Once the bike is finished it is check listed for proper assembly and test ridden. The mechanic who conducts the checklist signs off on it- his name is on the bike’s checklist certifying it as ready to ride.

If your bike is ordered we interact with our major vendors daily so you can be assured that your bike will arrive as quickly as possible. Once it arrives the building begins. As soon as we have confirmed it is ready for the final fitting we’ll phone you to arrange the fitting at your convenience during store hours.

3. The Final Fitting.
The big day! It’s important to be as well prepared as possible for your final fitting. Once your final fitting is scheduled we’ll be ready to fit you personally to your new bike, built especially for you. During the final fitting you may be on your bike while it is mounted in an indoor trainer for an hour. The entire final fitting usually takes approximately two hours- some are much shorter, some are longer.

When you arrive for your final fitting please bring or plan to purchase the following:

    • Quality stretch fabric padded bicycle shorts worn correctly with no underwear that fit correctly. For more information please read this. We cannot do an accurate fitting without stretch fabric padded bicycle shorts. Please do not wear baggy shorts.
    • Your pedals and shoes if you already have these. We’ll inspect and adjust your pedal system at no charge for safety and performance. If you don’t have pedals and shoes, we’ll set those up for your purchase during the final fitting.
    • It is helpful if you wear a crew neck style cycling jersey or triathlon top at your fitting. We are videotaping and photographing you on your bike while pedaling and using motion capture to evaluate your pedal stroke. Properly fitted cycling clothes assist us in making more accurate joint angle measurements.

Once your fitting is completed we may need to do additional mechanical work on your bike to optimize the fitting and mechanical function of your bike. You can wait for us to complete the work, return to pick up your bike once it is completed or we can ship your newly fitted bike to you. If you decide to wait while we put the finishing touches on your bike you may like to visit one of the many nice restaurants within a couple blocks of our store:

Kiernan's Steak House
21931 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Across the street from Bikesport)

22681 Newman
One block south of Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI. 48124
(The very best Mediterranean cuisine from a community built on Mediterranean!
½ mile west of Bikesport)

BD's Mongolian Barbecue
22115 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48124
(2 blocks from Bikesport-Sponsors of the BD’s Mongolian Barbecue “Mongo Multisport” triathlon team!)

Annam Vietnamese Retaurant
22053 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(A treasure of authentic and tasty Vietnamese dishes served by a continental staff. One block from Bikesport)

Cheli's Chili Bar & Restaurant
21918 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Next door to Bikesport!)

Crave Lounge
22075 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Incredible sushi in a modern setting, 1 block away)

Ristorante Ciao
1024 Monroe
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Really great Italian one block from Bikesport)

Pizza Papalis
22022 Michigan
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Greek Pizza one block from Bikesport)

21400 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(Fantastic Italian in a beautiful setting).

22155 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI. 48124
(Our very friendly neighborhood Starbuck’s, two blocks away)

When your bicycle is completed we’ll have you sign off on the delivery and liability checklists, answer any questions you may have, assist you with accessories and help you load your bike into your car (we recommend you avoid using externally mounted car racks for your new bike).

© Tom Demerly, Bikesport Inc.
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