Bike Fit Services

Bike Fit Services

Whether for sport or commute, cycling is a year round activity for thousands of Vancouver residents.

Whether you ride everyday or you are a fair weather, weekend warrior, it is essential your bike is fit properly.  Pain while cycling can often be associated to issues with saddle height, pedal/cleat alignment, and/or handle bar rotation.  A proper bike fit is important to ensure pain-free rides and to avoid undue stress on both your body and your bicycle.

Burrard Physiotherapy is pleased to offer professional bike fitting services for commuters, road and recreational cyclists.  Physiotherapist Thomas Zhou is a new cycling enthusiast who has completed the “Key Concepts of Bike Fit & Treatment of Cycling Related Overuse Injuries” course offered by local physiotherapists and elite cyclists Tyler Dumont and Tara Lazarski.

If you’ve bought your bike from the store, you may have had a bike fit, but more than likely you’ve just received a bike sizing.  A bike sizing ensures the client is comfortable and is at least on the correct frame size. For some this may be good enough, especially for those who are doing less frequent or shorter rides.  However, discomfort will set in if a bike is not fit properly, especially on longer rides for cycling enthusiasts or work-week commuters.  This is when a full biomechanical bike fit is needed.

So.. what’s involved with a bike fit?

If you are tired of feeling sore on your bike or if you just want to make sure you are tuned up for cycling season, contact Thomas at Burrard Physiotherapy today for our bike fitting process. Happy cycling, everyone!

Book a Bike Fit

Physiotherapy is our passion. Your health is our priority.

Burrard Physiotherapy one of the leading clinics in Vancouver and is home to 12 highly skilled physiotherapists, 2 massage therapists, kinesiologists, yoga instructor, pilates instructor and exercise therapists.

Part One: Biomechanical Screen/Physical Assessment

The first part of the session is the biomechanical assessment/movement screen.  During this part of session we review relevant past medical history and note the client’s cycling volume/goals.  We then go through any pain or discomfort the client is experiencing on his/her bike.  Finally, we do relevant physical therapy tests for muscle strength, tissue length and joint range motion.

Part Two: Bike Fit

The second part of the session is the actual bike fit.  The client’s bike is secured on the stationary trainer and the therapist will observe the client as they pedal.  The therapist then systematically adjusts the bike to ensure the client is comfortable on his/her bike.  As the series of tests are conducted and measurements are made, the therapist will make the appropriate adjustments.  If new to cycling there is also the option to teach the client how to change out a tube (if applicable).


What to Bring

In advance of your bike fit session, please let the therapist know if you have disc brakes on your bike.  With disc brakes becoming more and more prevalent in both road and commuter bikes this may affect the compatibility of your bike with the stationary trainer.

Also if you have any saddle bags, bike pouches, lights or fenders, please try to remove them in advance of the session.  These accessories can limit access to certain parts of the bike that need to be adjusted and can delay the bike fit.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your cycling shoes, shorts, and bike along with you.


Reviews from the web
Rated 4.3/5 based on 49 google reviews
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5 out of 5

After a couple of failed visits to other clinics, Linda Warren gave me the confidence the physiotherapy does exist and is useful. Her genuine interest in my condition (bike accident), professional attitude and all the information she provided helped me understand what's wrong and how it will get better. Her therapy is also helping relieve the pain and the worry associated with it. I feel like she could be my regular physiotherapist going forward.

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5 out of 5

Great location, and the hours are pretty good. Just minutes away from my boyfriends west end condo so I usually walk over.

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5 out of 5

This clinic has helped me a lot. I used to go for massage therapy when I had a muscle injury (Erika is great) and then for another injury I tried IMS. I'm legit terrified of needles but a friend told me to try it, and it did wonders. Farhana (I hope I spelled that right!) is amazing, a few sessions fixed me right up, much less painful than massaging the muscles. I am very grateful to the staff - they've kept me on my feet (literally).

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5 out of 5

I went for a bike fitting with Thomas, a couple of months ago. He was friendly, knowledgeable and provided a full report after the fitting. He took the time to listen and understand my history and approached the fitting in a thorough and careful way. Cheers Thomas

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5 out of 5

I've been going to Burrard Physiotherapy for almost a month after a triceps tear lead to arm, shoulder, and neck pain, and have been working with Kevin Chen. He's incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and receptive, and the improvement with my pain and discomfort is noticeable. The environment is clean and comforting, and the receptionists always greet you in a warm way. Treatment always starts on time too.

A mainstay of Physiotherapy practice in Downtown Vancouver.

Burrard Physiotherapy is an amalgamation of two outstanding physiotherapy clinics in downtown Vancouver. Burrard Physiotherapy Associates was established in 1982 as was Burrard Physiotherapy Clinic each of these businesses operated out of separate locations one block apart.

It wasn't until local Kerry Maxwell purchased both clinics in 2004 and 2005 that they merged to become Burrard Physiotherapy. The clinic is driven to provide an outstanding level of care and recovery for patients. Each of the therapists at Burrard Physiotherapy have multiple levels of training and education over and above their original degrees. In addition, everyone leads active lifestyles. This is essential to understanding the impact that an injury can have on your lifestyle. We believe physiotherapy carried out by a qualified team is the path to freedom of movement and mobility & we believe freedom of movement is essential to quality of life.

Our reception area boasts a coffee and tea service and comfortable seating in a cozy setting filled with local art. Any of our three receptionists will be happy to settle you in to your treatment routine while you are here with us.

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