Personal Bike Fitting Services
EveryBODY is differentBike fits are often overlooked. A proper bike fit can result in a more comfortable ride and potentially avoid injury.
Professional Bike Fitting
Make the most of your investment
At Different Bikes, we know the importance of a perfect bike fit. We provide a range of fit services for every type of rider to help ensure you're enjoying your new bike.
Basic Sizing and Fit
All DB locations provide basic fitting analysis with every new bike. Pre-purchase we always assess frame size to ensure you are choosing the right brand and model for your riding goals. After purchase, as a part of bike delivery, we provide a basic fit to determine saddle placement (height and fore/aft), stem length/rise, lever placement and alignment and neutral cleat alignment for clipless pedals. We strive to provide this service at bike pick-up time, but for best results an appointment is suggested.
Advanced Fitting Sessions
Different Bikes provide in house comprehensive bike fits by appointment. Appointments available in all locations, with the West Vancouver Road Gallery having a dedicated fitting station for use by all types of riders. We recommend a detailed fitting for those planning to spend significant commuting, training or racing hours on their bikes. Road cyclists in particular can benefit from a more detailed fitting analysis to ensure comfort and performance. We'll review position, pedal stroke, alignment and more. Laser and video analysis available soon! Fit sessions are priced at a competitive hourly rate and require an appointment please.
Professional Bike Fit Partners
We know that some clients have specific and personal needs when it comes to getting the perfect bike fit. We're pleased to partner with experts that can deliver another level of unbiased, scientific analysis to ensure your comfort, health and fitness on a bike. More than just a second opinion, these partners provide a fresh look on the basis of their expertise.
Colin spent a lot of time on a poorly fitted bike, but almost 30 years ago, a good coach made him aware of the value of a proper physical connection with the bike. After taking various fit courses and conducting countless fits during his 20 year involvement with the bike business including racing as a Cat 2 road racer, he has developed a system using tried and true fit principles coupled with discussions about proper technique. Proper fit is only useful with proper technique. Colin discusses riding technique and provides tips during each session to help clients get the most out of the new fit. Fits are dynamic so expect to be riding for a good portion of the fit session and allow up to two hours. A fit involves: Saddle adjustment including height, fore and aft and tilt. Cleat alignment and fore and aft placement. Stem length and handle bar height and width. Follow ups are no charge since nothing tests a fit like getting out on the road! $175 + HST + any parts that are required. Triathlon Fits are $225 + HST + parts.
Fit services are done by appointment at any of the store locations and payment can be made to the store directly. Please coordinate appointments through the stores or directly through Colin by email or calling 778-668-4925.
Active Life Physio
Active Life Physio offers services from a highly specialized team of avid and competitive cyclists, multisport athletes, licensed Physiotherapists and experienced bike fitters. With this experience, Active Life provides a valuable and unique insight to your bike fit. Taking a "body first" approach, Active Life will consider your physiology, chronic pains or other issues and incorporate those into a bike fit that makes the most of your mechanics and accommodates injuries or other issues.
Active Life offers two packages: Ultimate Bike Fit $175 and Platinum Bike Fit $300 which includes FUNctional Movement Screen. Many extended health plans cover physiotherapy services, including bike fit analysis. Detailed information about Active Life's Bike Fit services can be found on their website.
Active Life takes appointments at Different Bikes West Vancouver on Wednesdays at 2-6. Alternatively, customers can go to the clinic in North Vancouver if a different day/time is more suitable. To book a bike fit, please visit the Active Life Physiotherapy site or call them at 604-987-5433. Please be sure to specify that you are booking a bike fit and at what location you would like to be fitted. Customers also have the option of booking online, be sure to select "practitioner": Different Bikes Bike Fit. DB West Van can also co-ordinate appointments for you.
BC Bike Fit
Dave Howells of BC Bike Fit is a veteran local fitter, experienced in fitting for both road and mountain bikes. Dave has completed the Advanced red level course with Bike Fit Systems and has also done his FIST certification. Dave is the only certified instructor in Canada with Bike Fit Systems and is currently teaching in both Canada and the US. Taking a detailed, friendly and neutral approach, he'll provide an insightful and practical analysis of what will help you feel better on the bike. Appointments available at DB West Van or at BC Bike Fit. BC Bike fit also has a mobile bike fit option. Pricing is as follows (do not include tax): Road/Mountain Bike Fit: $225.00, Triathlon Bike Fit: $250.00, Mobile Bike Fit: $240.00, Additional bike road or MTB: $40.00.
With BC Bike Fit, all Different Bikes Customers receive a 10% discount and a complimentary pair of Smartwool Cycling socks!