PARVILLA CUSTOM f i t
"PARVILLA CUSTOM f i t is one of the most advanced fitting experiences available in the USA!"
All fittings are by appointment only.
As we strive to be better cyclists we often forget about the obvious, our position on the bike. We spend countless hours training for races, century rides and triathlons but spend no time on our position, and then assume that we are riding efficiently. Sound about right?
Fitting is our passion at Parvilla Custom f i t, it is in our soul and it is what we love to do. In our quest to find the perfect position for each of our customer’s individual needs, we have invested in the absolute best technology in the world. In 2011 we were the first studio in the Mid-Atlantic to invest in a computer controlled fit bike. In 2012, we were the first again when we combined our Guru Legacy DFU with Retül’s 3D Motion Capture System and began to set the pace in Dynamic fitting. In 2013 we were the first studio in the country to upgrade our hardware to Retül’s new "Vantage" system. 2014 saw the introduction of PARVILLA CUSTOM Fütbeds by Retül. In late 2015 we added GebioMized saddle pressure analysis and introduced a Medical Fit option, working with a registered PT right in the studio. In February of 2016 we expanded and opened a fit studio in Bethesda to serve the greater Washington metro area that has since evolved into a full store.
2017 looks to be an exciting year. We have just finished a complete remodel of the Edgewater studio and upgraded our Legacy DFU to a new DFU Generation 2.0. This upgrade makes us the only fit studio in the USA that combines the most advanced computer controlled fit bike with Retul and GebioMized pressure analysis in that our DFU rotates 360 degrees in order to acurately capture both sides of the body.
Stu Waring, (Edgewater Studio) is a certified Retül Master Fitter and Retül Instructor. Stu is also Level 3 fitter with SBCU and has assisted in teaching SBCU Level 2 Fit courses at Specialized Bicycles in Morgan Hill, CA. In addition to his two certificates from Retul and Body Geometry Fit, he has certifications from all of the leading fit schools and combines methodologies from F.I.S.T, Trek Fit, Bike Fit Kit, PowerFitte and GebioMized.
Pat Welsh, (Bethesda Studio) is a Retül Level 1 Fit Technician and has been training with Stu for all of 2015. Pat is also a master mechanic and has spent years in the cycling industry. Pat is fluent with Road, Mtn, CX and Triathlon/TT fitting services.
Both our fitters enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the sport with you in a teaching/learning environment where there is no wrong question.
When millimeters count, and precision is key, we take our time and...
“We treat you like a Pro for a day”
There is no one perfect fit methodology but there are a few that are very close! We believe that there is nothing currently more accurate than dynamic fitting. Why? Simple, we want to know what your body is doing while your pedaling under load. A static fit, one where you are measured in a stationary position with a fitter manipulating your appendages is simply a close guess at best.
So we have learned from and partnered with the best fitters in the world and then compiled the best of the best to present it to you here. We combine SBCU's Body Geometry Fit physical assessment to determine what makes you unique, we use SBCU/Retül fitting methodology for positioning the rider and we use our Guru DFU to optimize the rider to the new position seamlessly.
We spend a lot of time on the body. Nearly everyone has some kind of physical issue be it simply fallen arches or a sore back to full hip or limb replacement. It starts with the body and ends with the body. If your body can not maintain the position for the duration, then we have more work to do. Understanding the body and what it is telling us is the most important part of the fit, so recently, we have added GebioMized saddle pressure mapping so we don’t have to guess how your saddle feels. And we have just introduced a medical fitting that gives you the option to have a Physical Therapist work alongside you during your session.
Be prepared to be involved and educated on the wonder of bike fitting!
f i t Partners
SPECIALIZED Body Geometry Fit - Industry leader, Body Geometry Fit is the only bike fit methodology that's ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to improve power, endurance, and comfort. Created by Dr. Andy Pruitt, Body Geometry Fit brought bike fit into the modern age in thousands of bicycle retailers world-wide. The constant push for excellence in physical assessment protocol, basic through advanced fit methodology and the use of video capture has brought it to the forefront of fit technology.
Retül - Industry leader, Retül 3D Motion Capture technology, simultaneously measures three planes of movement on the rider while pedaling. Retül averages the rider's body movement to provide a comprehensive data set reflecting the rider's position. Only at this point can a bike fit expert properly evaluate changes to a rider's position. Attempts to analyze the rider in a static position will not provide data at the same level of accuracy as 3D motion capture. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Retül has specialized in bike fit technology and training since 2007 and was acquired by Specialized Bicycles in 2012 and now exclusively provides fit technology for Body Geometry Fit. Retül is the official bike fit technology for Team Sky, Team Europcar, MTN Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
Guru Fit Experience - Indusrty leader, the Guru Dynamic Fit Unit (DFU) revolutionized the fit process in 2010 by drastically increasing efficiency and comfort and by creating an interactive experience for the rider. The original Legacy DFU was the first computer-automated bicycle fitting system in the world that allowed cyclists to feel nuanced differences in multiple riding positions while pedaling. Our Bethesda studio is equipped with a Legacy DFU and Retul.
All fittings are by appointment only.