Has anyone had or know of a place that does professional bike fits in Canada, preferrably between say Montreal and Halifax? Having some trouble with my knees/hips and I'm tempted to get a bike fit here in the UK but they're £150. Wondered if I might get it cheaper during my tour to Canada.
Probably. Montreal is a big bike town, must be something there, though I find once I am on the gorund I don't want to spend a lot of time doing stuff like that, plus there is the language thing, which may or not affect you. Halifax, maybe someone will chime in. It's a University town, and pretty sporty, but not terribly large, not sure what your chances are there, and other than there you have quebec. Unless you are riding the wrong bike by a large margin, I would recomend just fiddling with your seat position.
Nice ride you have planed there. Bring lots of dog repelant for NB. I did Toronto Fredericton last year and it's a nice ride.
Did you follow any particular route? Would be interested to know your thoughts on which roads to take/avoid.
The Canada tour is the first leg of our RTW trip and now, 6 weeks before departure, I'm getting pain in my right knee and hip. I've just bought some shoe inserts today (specialized brand) and will play with my cleats to see if that helps. If not, I'm not sure what to do aside from a bike fit. Would seat position just affect you on one side of your body? I am such a novice at this and honestly, just want it sorted before I go. I don't have ages to play around and risk injury, which almost makes £150 sound cheap if it sorts the problem!
True North tourer (www.truenorthcycles.com), 2004; Miyata 1000, 1985
Better to get the problem sorted before you go. Best would be to do it as soon as possible. Two years ago I paid about $140 (Cdn) to a kinesiologist who managed to resolve a long-standing knee pain issue, so £150 does not seem terribly out of line, even when taking the exchange rate into account.
I would not recommend fiddling too much with the fit unless you have, at least, a sense of what you are doing. I now know that some of my improvised adjustments over the years may have contributed to the continuation of the problem. (In my case, the solutions included counterintuitive adjustments such as lowering the seat -- I had always believed that knee problems required raising the seat -- and moving a cleat a fraction of an inch.)
Riding from Halifax to Montreal on a bike that doesn't fit is a long way.
I should clarify. The bike fits. It's completely fine when I ride with just plain pedals. I only start to get pain with clipless pedals and shoes.
On the good side, adjusted my cleats last night and did some trial runs plus rode to work this morning and things feel MUCH better. Learned a lot about cleats yesterday from the guy in the store and how they should be positioned. Let's hope it keeps up.