Bike Fit is all about matching the geometry of the bike to the mechanics of the rider. The purpose is to reduce the incidence of injury and to improve cycling performance. Research has found that a cyclist’s position influences comfort, pain, perception of fatigue, and power output.
MSK Clinics Bike Fit sessions are performed by our physiotherapist Travis Tomlin, a certified clinical bike fitter who also races for Pender Racing p/b Bicicletta.
Who needs a Bike Fit?
If you experience any saddle or hand numbness or discomfort while riding, a bike fit is vital to prevent further injury!
A bike fit is also beneficial for any cyclists (recreational or competitive) looking to prevent injuries and maximize performance.
What do I need to bring to my Bike Fit session?
- Bring your bike, water, and anything you typically wear when riding. Avoid loose-fitting clothes.
- Your bike will be attached to a trainer. If you prefer, you may bring a trainer tire already mounted to your wheel, but it is not required.
- Before your fit, please ensure your seat post is not seized.
What does a physiotherapy bike fitting include?
An MSK Bike Fit session takes two hours.
It begins with a detailed history, after which you will receive a 2-part physical assessment, both off and on the bike, including detailed measurements. Based on these assessments, your bike will be adjusted to optimize efficiency and reduce mechanical stress.
Your physiotherapist will also identify biomechanical issues and injuries in your body and will provide a treatment plan customized to your individual needs.
If needed, bike components (stem, handlebars, saddle) may be recommended. Exact details and specifications will be provided to assist in your shopping.
This should be done within 4 weeks of your initial Bike Fit and is included in the MSK Bike Fit fee.
This 45-minute follow-up session is sometimes required to further refine the fit of your bike. It is crucial that you have spent some time in the saddle to try your bike fit before coming in for fine-tuning.
Where can I get Bike Fitting in Vancouver?
MSK Clinics Kitsilano
2880 West 4th ave. #101
Vancouver, BC V6K 1R2
MSK Clinics Downtown
1033 Davie Street, Suite 410
Vancouver, BC V6E 1M7