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Cycle shop carves out specialized fitting niche

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WAITSFIELD, Vt. -

Peter Waite can't wait to take his new bike for a spin. "Should be a very responsive, fun bike to ride," he said.

To be certain, he came to Fit Werx. "We fit bikes to riders," said Ian Buchanan, one of the Waitsfield bike shop's cycling specialists.

Staff make adjustments to bikes using high tech tools, and ones most of us have at home, to improve a rider's experience. "Bike fitting is really for anyone who wants to ride their bike better," Buchanan said.

Buchanan takes careful measurements of the bike and the rider.  He tests motion, flexibility and posture to determine what the bike needs, and what the rider needs to do.  It's like a tune up and training rolled into one two-plus hour fitting.

Full of fixes and equipment changes. "Putting everyone on the same bike because they are the same height really generalizes and it's like saying everyone wears the same shoe size if you are 5'10," Buchanan said.

Peter Waite had two goals for his fitting. "You're not going to hurt yourself. You're going to be comfortable," he said. Common for Fit Werx customers.   Another frequent request is figuring out ways for cyclists to gain speed.

Each fitting costs between $275 and $375 dollars. And all the work seems to be paying off. The small bike shop in the center of Waitsfield is making a big splash in the world of cycling.  The accolades continue to roll in. National publications like Bicycling Magazine and Triathlete Magazine picked Fit Werx as one of the best bike shops and bike fitters in the country. It was also just named number one by The Active Times.

"You felt like you were making a difference and the things you've done mattered. You want people to be happier on their bikes and that seemed to be a good indicator people were," Buchanan said.

Waite is pleased with the adjustments to his ride. He'll leave knowing he needs to work on his posture -- tucking himself more to use less muscle, so he can enjoy what he likes best about biking --  the views. "It is at my stage in life -- definitely. Smell the roses," he said.

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