Most ‘off-the-rack’ bikes are not very well tailored to the people riding them. You only touch your bike with your feet, seat, and hands, but a poorly fitted bike can hurt you all over!

Fortunately there’s a lot of options for moving or changing these contact points. That’s what bike fitting is about – assessing your body and your riding style and setting the bike up so that it works well for you.

If you are a casual rider, you will find that a properly fitted bike is more comfortable, more stable, and takes less energy to ride. This keeps you safer, boosts your confidence, and makes riding much more enjoyable.

If you are a more serious cyclist, the improved handling and efficiency of a well fitted bike will help you avoid injury and allow you to go further, faster.

Ultimately, everyone has a lot more fun on a bike that fits. Sidesaddle offer two types of fit:

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Comfort Fit

  • For beginners, recreational cyclists, and commuters covering modest distances on flat bars.
  • Assess saddle height, fore-aft, and tilt.
  • Assess handlebar reach, height, and width.
  • Explore options for improved comfort at contact points: pedals, saddle, grip
  • $75 – approximately 45 minutes

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Performance Fit

  • For riders on drop-bar bikes looking to tour, go on long road rides, and serious commutes.
  • $90 – approximately 60 minutes
  • $120 – 75 minutes; includes cleat placement and setup as well as a full analysis of body angles for the cyclist who enjoys long days in the saddle and is serious about performance

Frequently asked questions regarding bike fitting:

I’m not sure I need a formal bike fit. How can I tell?

It’s time for a fit if:

  • you find your bike uncomfortable
  • you have acquired a new or new-to-you bike
  • you are considering changing your handlebars
  • you are changing your cycling habits – planning a big trip or race, riding with more or less intensity
  • your fitness has changed due to training or inactivity
  • Basically, every time your body, your bike, or your biking changes, it’s a good time to get fit.

What can I expect during a bike fit session?

We’ll chat about your cycling history and future plans, and then we’ll put your bike on a stationary trainer and assess your riding position using a combination of measuring tools, video analysis, and collaborative observation (“That looks better, but how does it feel?”). You will spend about half the time chatting and half the time pedalling.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your bike, cycling shoes if you wear them, and riding kit or fitted clothing so we can clearly see your body angles.

When can I schedule an appointment?

You can book in person by coming into the shop, over the phone by calling 604-428-2453, or by emailing info@sidesaddlebikes.com . We take a $25 deposit at time of booking, refundable if you need to cancel or reschedule with at least 24 hours’ notice.

What is the scope of the bike fit program?

We are qualified to help generally healthy people get more comfortable and stronger on their bikes. If you have serious long term health or mobility concerns, we would recommend getting an ‘adaptive’ fit from a medical professional trained to work with complex bike-body challenges. If you are an elite athlete, we would recommend you see an expert bike fitter. There are some very good people offering these services in Vancouver and we would be happy to refer you.