A New Standard in Bike Fitting

Find-a-Fitter

Search our international database of certified fitters to find your nearest qualified bike fitter. Find your pro


Cycling injuries

A good bike fit can help with a host of common cycling injuries, as well as improving comfort and efficiency Find out more



Know your limits

A bike fit can help with issues like discomfort and knee pain, but there may be limitations as to what can be achieved. Check out the levels

About the IBFI

Learn more about the people behind the International Bike Fitting Institute and what we’re hoping to achieve Learn more

HELPING TO IDENTIFY EXPERTISE


Bike fitting is becoming more and more popular, and as the industry grows, so too does the number of bike fitters.

Currently anyone is able to describe themselves as a bike fitter, regardless of their skills, knowledge and expertise.

This opens the industry to untrained, inexperienced individuals who could offer improper advice, poor standards of service, and leave consumers with a bad experience of the bike fitting industry.

With so many bike fit qualifications available on the market, it is hard for consumers to compare expertise and knowledge between different fitters.


  • Training

    Recognising existing skills and training and encouraging continued development.

  • Improving service

    Have confidence in the service you’ll received by ensuring your fitter is well trained.

  • Common standard

    Easier to compare fitters from different bike fit systems and education pathways



PROTECTING CONSUMERS
AND FITTERS

The International Bike Fitting Institute seeks to address these issues by protecting consumers and established, trained bike fitters with an internationally-recognised certification scheme.

Those fitters accredited by the IBFI will be able to show they meet the minimum standards required to be a competent, safe bike fitting professional.

Existing qualifications will be recognised by the scheme, and will be weighted using a credits system dependent on the number of days and skill level of each course so that levels of knowledge and expertise can be standardised across the industry.

Consumers will then be able to search for a local fitter able to offer the level of skill and experience they expect.



A GOOD BIKE FIT – WHAT TO EXPECT

The bike fitting industry has grown rapidly over the last 20 years, but there are wide variations in fitting systems and styles. IBFI and Medicine of Cycling are working towards creating the first guide to bike fitting best practice so you know what services and experiences to expect during a fit.

  • Pre-fit questionairre

    An interview with the cyclist, covering their goals, cycling history and any relevant medical issues

  • On- and Off-bike assessment

    This can vary depending on the rider’s needs. This is followed by making any necessary alterations to the bike

  • Homework

    The fitter may also recommend excercises and stretches to help improve flexibility or correct a strength inbalance

  • Tools and technologies

    These are often used to assist the fitter during the bike fit. However, the quality of the fit is largely dependent on the training and skill of the fitter, and not a result of the technologies used


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PROFESSIONAL BIKE FIT?

A good bike fit offers a range of benefits to both professional and amateur cyclists, helping them achieve their goals. They can:

  • help minimise stresses on muscles and joints
  • improve comfort and avoid overuse injuries
  • improve how the bike corners by ensuring the rider’s weight is correctly distributed on the bike
  • ensure that the rider can easily operate the brakes and gears
  • increase your speed by optimising your power output, pedalling efficiency and aerodynamics