Prior to visiting Cory, I could not go 14 miles without my hands and lower arms going numb due to carpel tunnel syndrome. We changed the handlebar to be quite a bit shorter, changed the angle of the stem to be more upright and added aero bars to help take the pressure off my hands. I brought the bike home and have been riding daily ever since. I will never buy another bike without a professional fit again and I will have Cory doing that fitting. Thank you for allowing a whole world of cycling to open up to me and giving me the ability to go riding without pain.
Heather - Flat Rock, MI
I have been getting out quite a bit and am having no pain... I destroyed all my previous strava numbers. I did 50 miles before thanksgiving and had no discomfort. Everything seems to be working. I changed the set-up on my mountain bikes and have had similar results. My wife is injured right now (IT band) and doing PT once she is better I want to get her in for a fit. She does sprint triathlons. We got our bikes from the same shop so I'm sure her current fit is off.
Andy - Gobles
Dale, I LOVED the fit and I told everyone who would listen that getting a bike fit is well worth it. Right after the fitting, I upgraded to a category 3 rider and I won the Women's Point Series in that category, and came 2nd in the MBRA Michigan Challenge series. Thanks for taking the time to help make me a better cyclist and acheive a way more comfortable experience on the bike!
Lori - Grand Rapids
Oh my goodness ...I'm in LOVE, lol! What a nice ride, the fit makes ALL the difference. Thank you, Cory!
I live in southern Indiana and you might ask why I would drive to Grand Rapids to have a bike fit. Cory was highly recommended by my wife's uncle who continually reminded me you can feel comfortable on a bike. During and after the rides I would experience discomfort in my lower back, neck, and knees.
The bike fitting was enlightening and Cory helped me understand the fundamentals of riding a bike. He pointed out what mechanics I needed to work on and explained why it would improve my cycling. The video was eye opening and confirmed everything Cory was doing; even for a novice it was obvious. By the end of the fitting I was 100% confident Cory was going to get me in the correct position to enhance my riding comfort. In March 2012 I purchased a Custom Guru designed by Cory. The bike is phenomenal, but the fit is even better. Cory listened to me and heard what I wanted to get out of the bike. The bike was set up for comfort, but the resulting fit increased my speed and climbing power. I cannot thank Cory enough and would drive twice the distance to get this result.
Great guys at @villagebikeGR, got my bike position all sorted for the 2011 season. Let's hope it helps to a few @UHCprocycling wins!
Dale has done fits for me on my new mountain and road bikes and the results have been spectacular. I have been riding pain-free for over 3 years now due to Dale's amazing talent. This includes racing in brutally hard conditions such as Leadville MTB and Assault on Mt. Mitchell.
THANK YOU! I feel that you have helped me a great
Dale: As a result of your work last summer I immediately stopped experiencing "hot foot" in my right forefoot, and the neck and right shoulder cramps and lock-ups have complety gone away. Not only that, but I've been consistently riding 26 mph solo peletons (my goal is to drop Alan Moore) for miles and miles. I can't thank you enough for the care and edification you put into my BG fit; I've been encouraging all my friends to fly to GRR for the ultimate in Dale Phelps loving care!
The fit was awesome...like a hand in a glove.
Dale, I'm extremely pleased with how I feel on the saddle. The legs feel efficient, just the right extension, no wasted motion. I'm also extremely pleased with how I'm riding on the aero bars! I used to get a little sore after several minutes in that position. Now I can just ride and ride in that position with great comfort for longer periods of time. When I do ride in the upright position (mostly on group rides) it just feels sooo good.
Dale: The bike fitting succeeded beyond my expectations on both counts. As a result of my fitting you changed my riding position substantially from my position on my old bike... It took over 500 miles to get used to the new riding position, but now that I'm used to it, I ride faster and stronger with better form than before. I also have fewer saddle sores and fewer muscle issues. My average speed for similar riding has increased by nearly 2 mph.
Cory, I just want to thank you for all of your help over the last six months with
I spent a ton of time on my bike this weekend (about 60 miles) and am in love with the fit of my bike and the new seat. Thank you so much for everything.
I love my new ride! Cory is an expert in the field of bike fitting. Village Bike is the best of the best. Thank you Cory for your time spent getting my bike together not only during business hours but on your day off.
I had no idea what a difference it would make!! She went the extra mile for me as my right leg is almost an inch shorter than my left. Heidi and all the people at Village are the best- great service and products too. Thanks again. I would HIGHLY recommend Heidi and Village Bike.
As I look back at 2010, one of the greatest things I could have done to improve my racing was to get the fit by Village. The end result was me being able to consistently stay with the lead pack and even place a couple of times. All the races yielded improved time over prior years with reduced training rides.
I'm fairly new to the sport of cycling and had no idea how important it was to be fitted to your bike. Being a triathlete, it's amazing how fresh my legs feel immediately into the run coming off my bike now. I highly recommend Cory's services to anyone wanting to improve their cycling experience.
Body geometry fit was time well-spent.
Just want to thank you for spending so much time with my fitting last week. I was really impressed with your attention to detail in every aspect of the fitting. I rode on Sunday and everything felt good.
I rode this weekend and noticed a distinct difference. The ride felt more comfortable, I did not feel as tired in the end and I could climb easier... Thanks for the help, it really works great. I do want to bring my other bikes to have them adjusted...
Thanks for setting me up with a Guru Crono. The fit is spectacular! I have never been more comfortable on a bike. The customer service Village provides is second to none! I will be coming back to you for all my cycling needs.
The fit, components and performance are phenomenal!...I'm just awestruck by the entire experience.
Had a couple of rides and love the new set-up. The shoes are great, and I'm getting used to the new pedals and clip-in procedure. Definitely have more power available. Spending more time on the big chain ring without any loss of cadence. Thanks again for your help.
I think the fitting process and time and thought you guys put into the bike really paid off. I would give overall comfort and fit very high marks. During and after the rides I experienced minimum discomfort in my arms, neck, upper and lower back and legs. The old knee pain or IT pain I occasionally experienced did not recur once.
Heidi and Cory were great to work with and set me up with the best bike I could get within my budget. I've had nothing but great service from you all. That's why I consider Village Bike and Fitness my bike shop.
The "fit" that I got at Cascade Village Bike has helped me enjoy two years of great riding!! Tom went all out to make sure my fit was PERFECT!! Thank you guys!
...Riding is easier and I am leading my friends up the hills. It's the only way to get a bike that truely WORKS for YOU! Dale, was able to prevent foot surgery after identifying improper bike fit was the cause of the pain.
I am much more comfortable on the bike and coming off of it. Transition runs are no problem now.
Once again I am able to ride comfortably, even with my limitations. The professionals at Village Bike really take the time to listen and accommodate their customers' needs... They are truly the best in the business!
I had been in great discomfort for several thousand miles prior to talking to you...Your bike fit turned out to be the solution to my problem. I was able to ride the Colorburst Tour the very next day with no problems at all. I would recommend a bike fit from Village Bike & Fitness to anyone interested in getting into biking. It was money well spent.
I can't tell enough how much I enjoyed the BG Fitting Process... You made it informative, fun and in my humble opinion - worth every bit of the 3 hours spent at your shop. Your staff has created a wonderful experience each time that I have visited the store and I look forward to coming back every time.
Dale, Charlie and the rest of the Kentwood VBS staff, Thank you for all of the professional service and care with my bike purchase. I took advantage of the pro fit with Dale with the goal of comfort for long mountain bike rides. To say the least, it was more than worth it. I beat my best time at the Ore to Shore this year by 16 minutes, with no numbness or joint pain. Thank you!!
Well I got in 60 miles in some nice strong winds this morning and I am happy to say that my neck pain is gone!!! The new position of the aerobars felt great! Also my shoes felt very comfortable and no numbness at all! I also thought you would be glad to know that I felt really strong on my bike. I feel like I have a bit more power!
Bike fit became very important to me when I started doing longer distance rides. Pain and discomfort on the bike really became my limiting factor when training for an Ironman. After my bike fit with Village Bike, I had a more comfortable ride. During the fit, they took the time to explain the process, what adjustments they were making and why they were making them. They made sure that I was always part of the equation. Because I'm comfortable on the bike, I'm riding faster than I ever have in my entire life.
I averaged around 18 to 19 MPH before the fit. After the fit I was in the average of 23-25 MPH range. My power seemed to almost DOUBLE. I could breath...and I could actually (really!) drop the hammer when I wanted too. I can't recommend Village Bike Shop and the "bike fit" program enough!! I wish I could speak to all of your customers...I'd tell them, "why not be comfortable and love your ride...not just get through it".
It was worth every penny: one of the best biking investments I've ever made....It's amazing how much difference a centimeter makes after twenty miles. My knees can attest to that... Thanks for the new legs!
...Since changing the bike setup, I have lost an average of 5-10 heart beats per minute on most of the same power-based rides.
Have you been fit at Village? We'd love to hear about your experience!