Who can benefit from a bike fit?
- Anyone who has discomfort related to cycling (e.g. low back pain, knee pain, saddle or hand numbness during or after cycling, etc).
- Recreational and competitive cyclists that want to maximize their efficiency and comfort on the bike and to reduce the risk of developing overuse injuries.
What does the bike fit include?
- A thorough history of current injuries, past injuries, training volume, and racing goals.
- A physical examination of leg length, limb alignment, overall mobility and flexibility, posture and any other biomechanical issues that are relevant to the bike fit.
- Observation and documentation of current riding position.
- Adjustments to the bike and cleats are made to optimize the fit (note: in some cases you will be advised to get different parts for the bike). Final bike position measurements are documented.
- Instruction is given on proper riding posture and technique.
- Specific therapeutic exercises are prescribed as needed.This assessment is useful for any athlete (competitive or recreational) that is interested in injury prevention and optimal movement efficiency.
Do I need a doctor's referral?
Some insurance plans require a doctor's referral for physiotherapy treatment. If so, you can obtain a referral from your family doctor, a walk-in clinic doctor, or a sports medicine physician.
Is my bike fit covered by my insurance?
Most extended health insurance plans cover physiotherapy services (a bike fitting includes the typical physiotherapy assessment of alignment, flexibility, posture and the prescription of therapeutic exercises). Consult your own plan for more information.
How long will the bike fit session take to complete?
- Approximately 90 minutes to set up a single bike and a pair of cycling shoes with cleats.
- Approximately 45 minute to set up a pair of cycling shoes with cleats.
What do I need to bring to my bike fit session?
- Your bike in clean, good working order (ensure none of the following parts are seized: seatpost, saddle, stem, and pedals).
- Your cycling footwear (ensure cleat screws are clean and not seized)
- Cycling shorts and jersey (or tight T-shirt).
- Cycling gloves (if used).
- Helmet (if having neck or upper back discomfort)
- Complete bike set-up (bike and cleats)
- Cleat set-up only