umgray's picture

Getting fitted for a road bike

I am about to receive a new road bike and have been told countless times to get properly fitted for my bike. I phoned a LBS and they said no problem they will charge about $60 bucks to do it and any staff on the floor can do it. This any staff can do it kinda yellow flagged it for me especially for 60 bucks.

Does anybody know an actual Physical therapist or sport therapist who can fit me for my road bike. If they are a registered therapist, I can maybe claim it on my insurance benifits? To me, fitting a bike is a serious endevour and I would like someone who is qualified (knows the angles but also knows the muscles associated with those angles). Or if you know of a particular bike fitter that you caould recommend I would appreciate it. The little research I did basically highlighted the connection between a proper fitted road bike (not tri) and performance without stress on joints and so forth.

I just accept the radiologist performing my surgery concept.


pinkrobe's picture

Well, I'd be happy to lend a

Well, I'd be happy to lend a hand. I have been road riding for 20+ years, did my tour of duty as a NCCP Level 2 Road cycling coach, have a degree in Biomechanics and have helped fit many people over the years. I also work for beer...

I'm a little saddened at "any staff can do it" for $60. Most shop employees wouldn't know proper road bike fit if it ran up their leg and bit them on the ass. That said, it's not rocket surgery. Let me know if you want a hand.

sunnyshans's picture

Bike fit for beer?

I know this post is ancient but I thought I'd try replying anway and see what happens!

This'll be my third season riding my bike and I've been having some discomfort that I'm concerned will result in injury. I'm hoping to start commuting to school by bike again soon but really need to get my bike fitted or perhaps get a new bike entirely - I'm not even certain that the bike is the correct size for me. 

Let me know if your offer still stands! 

Cword's picture


is a bike fit for beer

BCDon's picture

Good Bike Shop should not charge.

Well, in my view, if you are intent upon purchasing a bike from a reputable bike shop they shouldn't be charging to do a "bike fit". BUT, there are bike fits and there are bike fits. In some cases they use a special "fit kit" and in other cases you have someone who will ask a lot of questions and then help you adjust on a bike.

First off, when "fitting", you'll generally get the tried and true methodologies and suggestions. BUT, that may not be right for you. For example, "Knee over pedal spindle when pedal straight forward (assuming ball of foot over spindle as well)" is a good starting point but then it depends upon the type of riding you do whether that should be adjusted and unfortunately, in my experience, the only one who knows that is you. Same as the old "Handlebar covers the front axel when in a normal riding position". Again, a great guideline and it fits me pretty well but I have one bike with a longer stem (intentionally) and this axiom doesn't fit.

Secondly, the human body is WONDERFUL at adapting so be careful that you don't overadapt. I set up my commute bike with a high seat and as per the "tried and true", when I pedalled there was zero rocking motion but I "felt" a little extended and one day noticed some pain at the back of my knee. Got worse on the 2nd day. Brought my seat down "1 mm", that's all and I was more comfortable and the pain went away.

Go to a shop where they know cyclists and good luck.

ggdub's picture


Campione builds the vast majority of their bikes specifically to their customer. Try them, they may charge you, but James knows what he's doing so at least you know he knows what he's talking about.

Just as an aside, getting fitted to a road bike normally means you don't have the bike first, so hopefully the one you have fits you pretty well as is. But, you may find you need to change some parts in order to make it fit, like the stem, seatpost, crank arms, handlebars etc.

And like BCDon says, the rules of thumb to fitting don't apply to everyone and only you will know if it feels right/wrong.

BowCycle's picture

Bow Cycle

Hi Umgray,

We have a couple of staff who have been through the Specialized Body Fit training in Montreal. If you call in ask for Dave G, as I believe he recently got his 3D certificate on top of it.


NW_Tri_and_Bike's picture

Luke Way...

Luke charges more but does do alot more... if you are looking to race (road or tri) or ride long distance stuff. He is rebuilding his website but his email is still accessable from there.

Last time I checked he is the only FIST certified guy in town and does his fits independent of any shop.

pinkrobe's picture

There's also a couple of

There's also a couple of guys who do the full-blown power and motion analysis thing with an infrared camera and all that jazz. They charge significantly less than most of the "pro" fits in town. Now if only I could remember the name...

umgray's picture


It's a program called dart fish, we use it for our national snowboard team and it is really cool as it can record and overlap watermark versions of you so you can compare your movement. All cool tecnology. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I have a lot to go with now and other riders on the board might also benifit from your suggestions.

BTW- there is a couple of Physio's in Calgary that do bike fittings and they are registered in Alberta as Physio's and therefore if yo have benifits it is covered (cool)