Fit training, seminars and certifications
started formal bicycle fit training in 1993 , was trained by Michael Sylvester , was in the first fit class ( 2 day ) he taught (1993) , worked and trained with him for 4 years while working at Bike Gallery in Portland OR .
started B&L Bicycles in 1996, with bike fitting as one of the core principles and service , fun fact the very first transaction on the day we opened involved bike fitting.
attended Serotta Professional bike fit seminar , the Serotta seminar was one of the first fitting classes to teach the use of evidence based bike fit, using anatomy , range of motion , body function testing , so that the bicycle was fit to the body according to medical science, the original Serotta fit program was developed by Michael Sylvester . Saratoga springs, NY 2001, 3 day class instructors, Michael Sylvester , Ben Serotta , Clay Mankin , ( met Paraic McGylnn at that class )
hosted an on-site 2 day fitting class 2002 in Pullman for staff , Michael Sylvester instructor.
attended Trek Fit Services level 2 seminar in 2008 , 3 day ,this class focused on aero / time trial fitting , lower body anatomy, function testing and kinetic movement, instructors/ Presenters Michael Sylvester , Mark Timmerman MD , Warren Mays CPO , Jay Dicharry PT SCS.
attended Precision Fit level 2 , this class focused on body function testing , anatomy and using Pressure Analysis Technology in advanced fitting , 2015 at Cyclologic Scottsdale, Instructors Paraic McGylnn , Wolfgang Oswald PT OCS , Matt Gehling
attended Precision Fit Level 3 , this class focused on foot and leg anatomy , use of insole Pressure Analysis technology, Force Analysis and advanced saddle pressure mapping . 2017 at Cyclologic Scottsdale, Instructors Paraic McGylnn , Matt Gehling.
Certified level 3 Bicycle Fitter by International Bike Fitting Institute
additional education , meet with Michael Sylvester 2-4 times a year for general fitting information exchanges , stay in contact with Matt Gehling and Paraic McGlynn , questions and information exchanges, regularly attend online webinars
I have spent quite a bit of time in the last 25 years doing self-directed study in body movement , anatomy, yoga , strength/rehabilitation training often related to fitting .
I teach a basics of bicycle fitting class for new store staff and often do fit presentations locally
Practical fit experience.
I have done over 7000 fittings over the last 25 years , working with all different levels of riders from casual riders to regional pros , from children to people in their 80's . my fit clientele is a little different than most, as I am in a rural region and my fit area is highly visible to the general public and often people who have issues but are not aware of what can be done in bike fit, are exposed to high level fitting and the technology we incorporate into the process, this draws in a rider often not seen in the fit studios in large metro areas, these riders can often bring unique fit challenges and injures not seen in the pro level riders , hence things like the skewed massive saddle selection are a result of a very wide range fit levels and needs I see regularly. in season I average 1-3 fits a day along with follow up sessions.