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2021-02-02 at 12:53 pm #63755
Looking at refreshing my bike fit. Previously went to SthMelb Bodycare Solutions. Anybody had a fit recently and have a recommendation? Thx R2021-02-02 at 2:57 pm #63758Travis BowlandKeymaster
these guys Greg, Conor, Leigh etc I think use or have used apparently good
not sure if they do ‘BIG FIT’ though…sounds interesting2021-02-02 at 4:25 pm #63760Margaret PhillipsParticipant
Yes to what Travis said, SMPC (South Melbourne Physio), Andrew Kantor Owner, Physio and bike fitter.2021-02-02 at 9:37 pm #63769Philip SimpsonParticipant
Russell, as another name, I’m very happy with Lucas Owen at Bulleen Physiotherapy – “The Cycling Physiotherapist”. Seen him a couple of times, including a full
bike fit last year. Was able to get medical benefits rebate for a portion from my extras cover.2021-02-03 at 9:44 am #63773
thanks all!2021-03-13 at 7:51 pm #64476RichardModerator
I suspect SMP are quite good. But the problem with physiotherapists doing bike fits, IMHO, is what can they really change? I had one done once, and the only things they really looked at, or can change, is seat height, seat fwd/back (within a limited range), and cleat position. They didn’t consider the handle bar position at all. Why? Because the don’t have a stack of stems in their shop, that allow them to change handle bar position. So they pretend it’s fine. And most commercial bikes don’t allow you to raise the existing stem, because they have no spacers above it (fashion beats function).
On the flip side, bike shops doing bike fits don’t have the medical knowledge of a physiotherapist.
I’m not sure someone has combined the best of both worlds, but I recall some mention somewhere of physiotherapist connected with or working in a bike shop in Malvern.
I guess it’s pretty obvious where I go for bike fit. John Kennedy has a bucket load of seat poles, seats, stems and handle bars. In fact, he doesn’t really stock other parts. And selects and fits what works best while you cycle against resistance on a trainer. It’s works for me, and the Physio really didn’t suggest any change, but its not always a universal answer.2021-03-14 at 8:45 pm #64670
Richard thanks for the detailed response. Some good points! I ended up at SMP early Feb with Andrew Kantor who has a lot of cyclist physio and bike fit experience.
While not having access to the full suite of components you mentioned, fit process was good, made a number of small changes which have been beneficial (cleats, seat, handlebar height). Amongst other items; reviewed and recommended changes in handlebar width, reviewed but didn’t change stem length.
Notwithstanding your points about access to components (which would be helpful as I have not got to changing the bars yet) I did find the fit process and outcomes to be good overall.
Being generally pro-physio for injuries, strains, recovery therapy I am probably biased toward the physio end of the scale and it was good to find find a cycling oriented one in Andrew.
Would recommend SMP to those that have a similar predisposition towards a physio for a bike fit.
John Kennedy sounds like a good alternative, clearly with lots of bike fit experience and access to the full shed – thanks for sharing!2021-03-17 at 10:20 pm #64724RichardModerator
Thanks Rusty, that’s some really good feedback. Does sound like SMP is more through than the physio I went to and one of the better ones. Via the grapevine I do believe they do a lot of bike fits, and they do have several staff who are keen and regular cyclists themselves, which I think is a necessary part.2021-03-22 at 9:56 pm #64883Rob ParkerModerator
The ultimate bike fit…
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