Is my Bike Fit covered by my insurance?

Do I need a doctor's referral?

Can I divide my fit into 2 sessions?

I would like to buy a new/used bike. How do I choose the Proper Frame Size?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my Bike Fit covered by my insurance?

Yes. Physiotherapy is covered by most extended health insurances.

Consult your own plan for more information.

A Professional Bike Fit is a detailed physical assessment and treatment of a sports injury. It includes an examination of flexibility, range of movement and posture of the cyclist. An ergonomic assessment of the cyclist's posture on his/her bike is performed. Corrections are made to the cyclist's bike/equipment for the purpose of treating and preventing cycling injuries.

Advice on proper cycling posture and stretching exercises is provided.

Any number of individual treatments may never alleviate a cyclist's injury if the root cause (an improper bike fit ) is not corrected.

Do I need a doctors referral?

Some insurance plans do require a referral from a doctor for physiotherapy.
Consult your own individual plan to determine if a referral is necessary. If so, you can obtain one from either a Sports Medicine Clinic or your family doctor.
A simple referral requesting Physiotherapy will suffice.

Can I divide my fit into 2 sessions?

It is much preferable to complete a bike fit in one visit.
However an exception can sometimes be made if you do not have a free 3-4 hour time slot available in your day. Some insurance plans also have a maximum limit per visit.

I would like to buy a new/used bike. How do I choose the Proper Frame Size?

General Guidelines:


To determine your recommended bike frame size first you need to measure your inseam.

Do this standing against a wall in sock feet with your feet slightly away from the wall. Place either a book or a carpenter's square between your legs held right up against your pelvic bone (about 20 lbs of pressure).

Measure the distance from the floor to the top edge of the book/wood in centimeters.

Frame Size = Inseam x .657

For example if you have an inseam of 79 cm then the recommended frame size would be 52 cm

(79 X .657 = 51.9 )

Bike frame geometry is designed to fit riders of “average” proportion.

So it is therefore important to determine if your body is proportional in terms of leg/torso dimensions.

This can change the recommended frame size. To determine if you have short/long legs:

Inseam / Height= % legs are of body

If your legs are 45% or less of your body, then you have short legs and a long torso.

You therefore could use one frame size up (since you need a longer reach for your long torso)

If your legs are 50% or more of your body, then you have long legs and a short torso.

You would therefore be better on a smaller bike (since you need a shorter reach for your short torso)


Frame Size = Inseam - 36cm

3 - 6 '' stand over clearance between the crotch and the top tube

Frame size should be around 8 - 10cm less than your road bike

Sizes may vary from one manufacturer to another.

The above are general guidelines. You are best to test ride some bikes once you have gotten a rough idea of what will fit you. This will help you determine what is most comfortable for you.

Frame size of a bike refers to the measurement of the length of the seat tube in centimeters.

Traditionally this is measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the centre of the top tube. Some manufacturers measure to the top of the top tube or the top of the seat tube.

With a horizontal top tube this is an easy measurement. Many bikes however have compact geometry with a sloping top tube and therefore will have a different way of measuring frame size. The size is based on the virtual seat tube length. The top of the seat tube is measured at a point where a virtual or imaginary horizontal top tube would bisect the seat tube. This is often a complicated measurement. You could either consult the bike's web site or a bike shop employee should be able to translate the frame size for you.


Unfortunately there is no magic formula. Compared to your road bike, a Tri bike may be smaller, have a steeper seat tube angle, shorter top tube and lower top and head tube to accommodate the use of aerobars. Geometry will vary from one bike manufacturer to another and from one model to another. For example a 6'2'' cyclist might ride a 60 cm Road bike and a 59 cm Tri bike. At the same time a 57 cm Litespeed or a 58 cm Cervelo would fit the same rider. You are therefore best to visit a bike store that specializes in Triathlon bikes or to consult the manufacturer's web site to help direct you to the proper frame size.

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