Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
    My Bikes
    Two Robin Mather custom built tourers
    Posts
    548
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike Fit in Canada?

    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.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    5,117
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
    My Bikes
    Two Robin Mather custom built tourers
    Posts
    548
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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!

    Any other suggestions appreciated.

  4. #4
    Macro Geek
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    My Bikes
    True North tourer (www.truenorthcycles.com), 2004; Miyata 1000, 1985
    Posts
    1,182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.)

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    57
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Near Montréal you can look at:

    http://www.bicyclebrise.com/

    They seem knowledgeable.

    Bike shop tend to sell too small bike right now. They look at Tour de France rider and try to replicate what they see on bicycle rider (not only part time racer).

    For me, a bike where i can get the handlebar as high as the saddle without too much trouble is a bike who could fit.

    Take your time.

    If someone tell you "you will adapt to this bike" or "pain when cycling is normal", go away fast!!!!

    If you come by, i am in Matane, 400km east of Quebec city.

    You can camp on our land!!!

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    My Bikes
    Litespeed Ultimate 2006, Litespeed Pisgah , Specialized Roubaix 2008, Trek Madone 2011
    Posts
    908
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Performance cycle in Montreal do fits as they sell Serrota and Seven. Also, Gervais Rioux and Martin Swiss will as they specialize in road bikes.

  7. #7
    Prefers Cicero cooker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
    Posts
    8,484
    Mentioned
    23 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Riding from Halifax to Montreal on a bike that doesn't fit is a long way.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
    My Bikes
    Two Robin Mather custom built tourers
    Posts
    548
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •