Bike Fit vs Bike Sizing – what do you need to be comfortable on your bike?

Rohan Kini Bike Fit

Bike Fit basics by Specialized at BumsOnTheSaddle
Lady on a wrongly sized bike? 

Bike Sizing vs Bike Fitting – its a pretty important difference.
Do check out a relatively good writeup by on Sizing vs Fit.

In short ‘Bike Sizing‘ tries to fit the rider to a bike. A ‘Bike Fit‘ fits the bike to the rider. Subtle.

Bike Sizing is a definite must when you pick up a new bike. Most bike shops handle this to various levels of success. If a bike shop is lazy enough to be ignorant about bike sizing its a pretty good indicator of the quality of service to expect.

Bike Fit is a lot more involved and typically involves understanding bicycles, bicycling and the human body. The basic goal of a bike fit is to ensure you can comfortably achieve your goals with the bike – recreational riding, racing or endurance. Its also a good way to ensure you prevent unnecessary injuries as you go about enjoying your ride.

There are a HUGE number of products, philosophies and opinions out there with respect to Bike Fit. It can get a tad confusing but in reality the most important criteria is to have complete trust in the fitter setting you up – like visiting your doctor :)


Rohan Kini

I love riding my bike. Whether it’s a simple commute, a high-intensity road race, a jaw-grinding brevet, fixie rides thru packed Indian city or a kick-ass technical single track – I love it all. Apart from riding bicycles, I love being all geeky and know everything there is to know about bicycles, technology, bike fit, and service.

I started BUMSONTHESADDLE to share this passion for cycling.

DISCIPLINE: Partial towards MOUNTAIN BIKING but love it all
CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized Tarmac, Pure Cycles Original
DREAM BIKE: S-Works Epic HT & S-Work Roubaix

OTHER PASSIONS: Technology, Photography, Baking, Travel, and Reading