Bike fitting knowledge and the prevalence of bike-fit shops has accelerated rapidly in recent years. Even five years ago most places selling you a bike would have asked for nothing more than your height and leg length before telling you the size you needed. If you had enough standover and you could reach the bars it was good enough.

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There are several times in your riding career when a bike fit is an essential. When you buy a new bike a fitting service will make sure that you get the right size and will customise the accessories for your needs. In the long run this could save you a lot of money.

If you have a major accident that results in a broken bone or a severe soft tissue injury, working with a physio and a bike fitter can help you get back to your riding position and adjust your position to accommodate any changes in your body.

Finally – and this is the reason a lot of people go for a fit – is if you have persistent niggling pain. Working again with a physio and a bike fit expert you can get to the bottom of your injury and make changes both to your bike and exercises for your body to alleviate pain and resolve your injury.

Do you know of an excellent bike fitting service that we haven’t included in our list? Or do you run a bike fitting service of your own and think you should be included? If so, contact us at or Tweet us using the #bikefitting hashtag.