Van Nicholas Bikes

Book Now and Beat the Price Rise!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Due to our recent VAT registration we’ve made the difficult decision to increase our bike fitting prices as from the 1st of July 2011. All bookings made BEFORE this date will be charged at the current prices, so book NOW and you’ll avoid the increase. We don’t take payment until the day of the fit. Remember there’s no charge if we’re sizing you for a Planet X, Van Nicholas or On-One bike!





Prices as of July the 1st 2011 will be

Level 1 Static Bike Fit – £89.99

Level 2 Retul Bike Fit (1 bike Retul fit) – £184.99

Level 3 Retul Bike Fit (2 bike Retul fit) – £259.99

We’ll also be adding booking facilities for 3 rider and 4 rider fits at greatly reduced prices – watch this space.

Find your Size – BEFORE YOU BUY.

Monday, March 7th, 2011

As bike fitters one of the most difficult tasks we are faced with is clients visiting us for Retul Precision Bike Fits with bikes that how can I put it politely? – are “far from ideal” when it comes to geometry. As fitters, we never want to make the rider fit the bike, the bike MUST fit the rider. A rider should never feel that they have to contort themselves into an uncomfortable position to ride or use any significant muscular force to maintain their riding position.

Riding a frame with a geometry that either doesn’t fit or doesn’t suit the rider and their chosen discipline is of course, “far from ideal”.

Our fully adjustable fitting  jigs allow our clients to try any bike geometry, saddle and handlebar combination for size, BEFORE BUYING THE BIKE. With the skill of our expert fitters, we’ll guide you to make the best choice available to suit your size, flexibility, budget and chosen events and distances.

If you’re buying a Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas bike from us, this service is FREE. If your’re buying any other bike, from any other brand, we’ll pre-size you before you buy the bike, and fit it to you once you’ve made the purchase. All for just £79.99. Why risk buying any bike before you KNOW it fits?


The Perfect Fit – At No Extra Cost

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Have you ever considered purchasing a bike from the internet, but worried that you’ll get the sizing wrong? We’re here to help!

Every customer purchasing a Planet X, Van Nicholas or On-One bike from Bike Science gets a FREE sizing session on our adjustable fitting bikes before they purchase. This session gives our expert fitters time to determine the ideal frame type and size, handlebar width, stem length and crank length, plus discuss rider requirements in detail to determine the best choice of bike and suitable gear ratios.

Once your new  bike arrives with us, we’ll invite you back in to collect it and adjust your riding position for you FOR FREE with a simple setup.

Alternatively you can take advantage of our HALF PRICE Retul Level 2 fit offer – Anyone who’s purchased a bike from us saves 50% off our standard Level 2 bike fit service for the most accurate bike fit available anywhere!


Exclusive Bikes at TCR – Studios Closed Until Tuesday 15th

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

We’re at TCR – The U.K’s largest triathlon, cycling and running show at Sandown Park Race course in Surrey. Our Bristol and Derby fitting studios are closed until next Tuesday.

We’re offering a FREE Retul fit to any customer purchasing a Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas bike at the show, so come and meet the team, see the bikes, get sized for your new ride and see the Retul fitting system in action.

Show appointments still available – BOOK HERE

Bikes at the show include an exclusive limited offer deal on a stunning new Planet X Exocet build including SRAM Red shifting and NEW PLANET X TRI-SPOKE WHEELS! Just 10 bikes are available with this rapid new wheelset. See them first and order your bike at the show. We’re also showing off an uber bling Team Guru Nanolight complete with SRAM Red group and new Guru Carbon wheels, plus SL Pro Carbon, Exocet SRAM Red, Stealth, Van Nicholas Blaze custom and Van Nicholas Zephyr.


TCR is Coming – Meet the Team, See the Bikes and FREE Bike Fits

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Final preparations are underway for this coming weekend’s Triathlon, Cycling and Running Show at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey. We’re bringing a collection of Planet X and Van Nicholas bikes, a live Retul demo, Planet X wheels, Bont Shoes, Cobb and Prologo saddles with deals and reductions across all products.

Order ANY Planet X or Van Nicholas bike at the show and receive a FREE Retul Level 2 Bike fit worth £174.99. We’ll even size you for the bike at the show on our fully adjustable fitting bike!


Want to learn more about bike fit and how we fit? We’re presenting a “Bike Fit for Long Distance Tri” seminar in the TCR Going Long theatre.

Daz Carter – Ready to Rock at DOUBLE Ironman Lanzarote

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Read  Team Bike Science – Planet X Team rider Daz Carter’s pre-race report as he makes his final preparations for one of Europe’s toughest triathlon events.


Visit us at the TCR Show

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The stand is booked. For the first time this year, we’re going to be at the UK’s largest multisport show, TCR. The show takes place at Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey from the 11th to the 13th of Feb. We’ll be taking a live demo of the Retul system, plus see the following stunning bikes from Planet X and Van Nicholas…

Planet X Exocet
Planet X Stealth
Planet X SL Pro Carbon
Planet X Nanolight
Van Nicholas Blaze
Van Nicholas Mistral

(exact specs to be confirmed)

We’ll be opening a booking system in the next few days for people interested in ordering a bike at the show. Any bike ordered at TCR will come with a FREE RETUL BIKE FIT WORTH £175. More details soon!

Bike Science the Movie!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Our first bike fit video. Watch the process of selecting a fitting a bike the Bike Science way. Team Bike Science – Planet X rider Nico Saillard is fitted on his 2011 race bike. First we select the size of frame and check suitability using our fully adjustable fitting bike, then use our Level 2 Retul 3D motion capture fitting process to tune his new riding position with the aim of Ironman speed!

Read more about our Levels of fitting service and book your bike fit online HERE.

Fittings available in Bristol, Derby and Rotherham.

Prepare to make 2011 your best season on the bike EVER!


or CONTACT US for more information.

Bike Sizing – Avoiding the Confusion

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Frame Geometry Explained

Bike Science Derby’s Retul certified bike fitter Andy Brooke explains how different manufacturers describe bike geometry and what you need to know to get the right bike for you…

When it comes to buying a new bike everyone knows the importance of purchasing the correct frame and size. Bike Science can help ensure you avoid costly mistakes with a pre-purchase sizing on our fully adjustable fitting bikes. No matter what make or model you’re considering, find out if it’ll fit before you buy.

Bike manufacturers use a number of different ways to state the size of their frames, but they’re rarely consistent across different brands so a small from one brand won’t always be the same as a small from another.In this article, I’ll outline the different methods used by manufacturers to size their frames. As you’ll see it can still be confusing!

There are a few key phrases you’ll come across a lot when sizing your next bike and some of which will be more help than others.

Until recently most frames had their sizes listed according to the length of their seat tube (See the diagram above for an explanation of each tube’s name) but there are three different ways of measuring it. The first is called centre to centre, or C-C, which measures from the centre of the bottom bracket to the centre of the junction between the top tube and seat tube. The second is called centre to top, or C-T, which measures from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube. These are common measurements that you’ll always find on manufacturer’s websites.

Recently more and more frames have moved towards sloping or semi-sloping top tubes, especially mountain bikes. This makes measuring the actual length of the seat tube an unreliable method for expressing the size of a bike as the more slope to the top tube, the shorter the seat tube (even though the bike would fit the same rider). A third method of measurement has been developed to try and work around this problem.The third method is to assume that the frame has a horizontal top tube (which nearly all frames used to, but now rarely do) and then quote the length that the seat tube would be were it to join with the horizontal top tube. This measurement is often called a “virtual” seat tube length.

As an example a large Planet X SL Pro Carbon road frame has a seat tube measurement (Centre to Top) of 52cm. When compared to road frames from other brands, it’s actually about the same size to ride as a 56cm Specialized (who use a virtual seat tube length measure centre to centre) or a 58cm Cannondale (virtual seat tube length measured centre to top).

With sloping top tubes it makes it possible for even the smallest riders to get the right saddle height on some of the largest frames on the market, so it really is important to pay attention to the length of the frame. If you’re stretching too far to reach the bars then you’ll more than likely end up with back pain and a lot of discomfort.

It can get even more complicated when we start talking about frame length but thankfully there’s a new measuring method that takes all the worry away. For those of you interested in knowing why it’s complicated, I’ll outline it quickly here – for the rest of you, feel free to skip the following paragraph!

The length of a frame has often been thought to be dictated by the length of the top tube, meaning a longer top tube makes a longer frame. Unfortunately its not quite that simple. An effective top tube is simply a horizontal line connecting 2 points – the seat tube and the head tube. Because these 2 points are on tubes that aren’t parallel, you can change the length of the line between them by moving it up or down; but the 2 tubes you’re connecting haven’t moved. This can be further complicated by frames having different head tube and seat tube angles for different sizes, making it very difficult to accurately compare frame sizes.

“Stack and Reach” is fast becoming a new standard of defining frame size that really helps cut through all the trigonometry required to fully understand the bike geometry data provided by manufacturers. Quite simply, stack and reach are two measurements based around the centre of the bottom bracket and the centre of the top of the head tube. The stack is the vertical distance between the two, and the reach is the horizontal distance between the two. These measurements allow us to quickly and easily compare the length and front end height of any bikes without worrying about having to compensate for different tube angles or different tube lengths.

Some manufacturers don’t list their frame stack and reach data but you can usually get it from either the manufacturer or the relevant distributor, and the more people that ask for it the more manufacturers will list it on their website as standard – so by sending them an email you’re actually doing us all a favour!

Some frames are called Small, Medium or Large but again, I’d probably just ignore the name they give the size and look at the Stack and Reach data. Frames that are called Small might be completely different sizes across different bikes, even within the same manufacturer – meaning a small in one model might actually be the same size as a medium in a different model. This kind of thing happens fairly regularly so it’s always best to consult the Stack and Reach data.

Once you’ve decided upon the bike(s) that you’re considering, try to find the frame’s Stack and Reach data and book a Level 1 bike fit at your local Bike Science Fitting Studio – (we’ll be able to help you with the geometry if you can’t find the information). Each of our fitting studios is equipped with an adjustable fitting bike that can be used to replicate any bike from any manufacturer, in any size. We’ll use the data you provide us with to create a virtual bike to try for size before you order. Our Level 1 fitting service takes around 90 minutes and will cost less than 1/10th of the price of an entry level bike and could save you a lot of heartache (and probably back ache).

Read more about our levels of bike fit service and book online here.

Contact us with your questions or for more information.

Christmas Closing : Re-Open 4th January

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Bike Science Bristol and Derby are now closed for our Christmas break until the 4th of January. Online orders made between now and the re-opening date will be dispatched on the 4th of January.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to all of our customers throughout 2010.

Start your 2011 season with a bike fit. Perfect your position and prepare for your best season ever.