MyVeloFit launches virtual bike size guide app – CyclingTips

The manufacturers of the MyVeloFit AI Bike Fitting App announced the launch of a new AI-powered bike and size search platform, with the aim of taking the guesswork out of which frame size is right for the individual.

Finding the right size bike is key to ensuring maximum comfort, injury prevention and enjoyment from any bike. However, according to MyVeloFit, “the sizing of the bike is broken.” According to them, consumers now have more bikes and geometries to choose from, but few ways to understand how each bike will fit.

Understanding Bike Geometry Charts can sometimes feel like solving a math puzzle in a maze, confusing even the most experienced pilots. Plus, with so much variation between brands, frames, and styles, it’s increasingly easy to get lost in the numbers.

With such variations in fit between frames, all marked the same size, it’s no surprise that there’s so much confusion around bike fit.

MyVeloFit suggests that “size charts only help a cyclist best understand if a bike should fit, but not How? ‘Or’ What a bicycle is suitable. That’s where their new app comes in. Additionally, the app developers also point to increased direct-to-consumer bike sales and supply shortages, resulting in more riders than ever buying invisible and unmounted bicycles. Which means by the time the bike arrives, it’s too late for the old pass-height failsafe check.

MyVeloFit believes that a good position on the bike starts with selecting the right bike. The app therefore first determines the target riding position of the rider and then finds the corresponding frames. This flips the lid on many riders’ experiences of buying a bike and then finding a position that works.

The web app’s software and algorithms take a responsive sizing approach that allows bikes to be tailored to each rider and their unique target position. “Fit first” simply means that the app first establishes the rider’s target position before then searching for frames that can fit that position.

The web application first creates a 3D skeletal model of the cyclist from a video uploaded by the user.

MyVeloFit claims this process helps riders select a frame that not only matches their body, but also reflects how they want to ride. Think frame size guides with rider height bands and add personal characteristics such as longer or shorter arms, flexibility, riding style, bad back, tight hamstrings, etc. The app removes aesthetics, brand loyalty, marketing, etc. to suggest the right frame for you.

The initial release is designed to help riders unsure of what frame size they need to better understand which frames will work for them.

The process begins with an AI body scan from a simple video captured on a smartphone and uploaded to the MyVeloFit app. The cyclist is recorded turning in place twice guided by phone prompts.

The scan extracts a 3D skeletal model of the rider to establish their body proportions. Riders then choose their preferred target position based on their body analysis, riding style and fit goals. From there, the app offers three driving goals – namely, relaxed, neutral and aggressive.

The app recommends several bikes and sizes that meet the rider’s fit and riding style requirements.

The app then provides frame recommendations offering riders the best bikes and sizes to match their target position. While complete bikes are recommended based on stock components, riders can customize their fit on the app’s comparison page.

Naturally, there isn’t always one perfect size for every bike, so the app can suggest two sizes for riders to choose from. Selecting a bike will allow riders to see their unique position on that bike in each size.

Additionally, not all bikes will be the correct size for each individual user and their unique target position and therefore some bikes may not be recommended at all. However, the app assigns each bike in the MyVeloFit database a “Fit Score” unique to each user, providing insight into how each bike is likely to fit the individual. In other words, if you fancy a touring bike but want an aero position, there may not be a perfect frame option, but the app will at least let you evaluate the least bad options.

Users can compare their fit across a range of sizes in a frame option or across a range of frames.

From there, the app provides an estimated starting setup, including saddle height, handlebar drop, and more. At this point the app will also check for major fit requirements such as standover height and saddle height range.

The app intentionally errs on the low side for saddle height and MyVeloFit recommends a full bike fit with any new bike.

Users can then compare the fit of multiple bikes to help with final frame selection. The process can be repeated for different types of bikes. Road and gravel are already included, with TT and MTB to follow soon. MyVeloFit also plans to include more customization with custom frame geometries along the way.

As the app is web-based, there are no downloads or setup required, which means anyone with a camera and an internet connection can access the platform. The bike sizing app is included in MyVeloFit’s basic free plan, while the brand also offers a one-time version for $35 and a premium plan for $75 per year.

More information is available at MyVeloFit.com

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