Monday, February 28, 2011
I'm excited to announce that Pro Cycle & Triathlon will be dealing BMC bicycles. I have been a huge fan for years and I've wanted to carry it in the past. BMC is known for cutting edge technology and is manufactured is Switzerland.
Try not to get too excited with the video below.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Above is Katie. She has had some serious alignment issues in the past. Years of injury and surgeries have knocked here hips and feet out of whack. She has even tried out many different shoes and insoles from many different brands in the past. We assessed her feet and legs and figured out how to wedge her feet.
Just to give some background on Katies fit situation. Katie has been fit by 4 different specialist in the past including me. Now that I was armed with the education and knowledge on pedal interface we were to try fixing her. Me and the class were able to apply it to Katie and we set her up on the bike.
Katie got to riding and was speechless. She was shocked and didn't have words for us. She felt phenomenal. She was beyond excited. Her feet felt solid on the pedals and her feet wouldn't go numb. We tossed out he current foot beds and put some new foot beds in.
After we finished with our hands-on fittings we had a final meeting and discussed what we do and asked and answered questions.
So far, this is the best bicycle fitting school I have attended. I have a few more fit schools on my schedule. Paul Swift, Katrina Vogel and the rest of the BikeFit Pro crew do a fine job. I left completely satisfied. I cant wait to apply these new fit methods.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This school is taught by Paul Swift and Katrina Vogel. Those in the cycling world might recognize the names since Paul Swift is an 8 time national champion on the velodrome and Katrina Vogel writes articles for Velonews and has PT PhD's etc.
Paul was the first to develop the cleat wedge for cycling. You can find his products in every serious bicycle fitting business. Just to name a few folks using his product: the Mapei Sports Center, Dr. Andy Pruit, grand tour winners and 40 riders in the years Tour de France. Cleat wedges are needed for most people, the running industry makes tons of shoes for people that address this issue but the cycling shoe industry does not. I never used cleat wedges on myself or past clients but I will be doing it for now on. I was told that these products could cause great harm if not used properly, that's one of the main reasons I came to Paul Swift, he developed the cleats wedges and is the leading expert.
Like most fit schools I've been to, we spent the morning going over the basics of fit. BikeFit Pros speciality is shoe/pedal interface. Shoe/pedal interface is the most important aspect of bike fitting. Making this adjustment can effect everything from your foot up to your mid-back.
Today I was the test subject or lab rat. I brought my one of my bikes over and got set up. We went through the interview process and did the pre-fit. Overall I was close, I don't fit myself because fitting yourself to your own bike is kind of like cutting your own hair. Even Paul Swift has an assistant fit him.
I've been having some knee issues and always had a hot spot on the outside of my right foot. We sat me down and measured my foot angles. Sure enough I had a steeper angle on my right foot. We make the calculations and properly wedged my cleats. We used the laser to align my feet and knees, much better than methods I've used in the past. We added 3 of the 1 degree wedges to both of my shoes.
I got back on my bike and the results were shocking. Immediately I felt a huge difference. I felt all of the pressure spread across my foot, I had been compensating for this over the years but now everything made sense.
Overall today was a solid addition to the foundation I already had with professional bike fitting. I'm pretty thrilled to have the proper education to work with cleat wedges and I'm looking foreward to showing people how great they can be.
Tomorrow we will go through a ton of hands-on fittings with random cyclist and finish our BikeFit Pro education.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Its fun to call the reps I have dealt with over the years and tell them the news. Overall I have gotten a very positive response, one rep even wants to stay in Fairhope and help us paint and set up shop.
We have had a good idea on what lines we want to represent so obviously we have made contact and patiently waiting for confirmation. I have even had some surprises from brands I wasn't expecting to show interest. I cant name names yet but as I find out I will be updating the blog.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Working in a fine art gallery/custom frame shop was a cool experience. The small staff is awesome and made everyday at work an enjoyable one, can't beat that. I never thought I would find myself working in a frame shop but I enjoyed the experience. I learned a lot and met a ton of interesting people.
Lyons Share is located in the heart of downtown Fairhope, this helped me decide to locate Pro Cycle & Triathlon close to downtown Fairhope. Fairhope has a community atmosphere that I have rarely seen in the country, its the perfect area for our shop and we are excited to be there.
My other job I ended up doing was repairing bikes. As I was making my transition I had a ton of people ask if I would still work on their bikes. That accidentally started my living room bike repair operation.
I never intended on this service getting big, at one point I counted 17 bikes in my house. I was doing everything from flat repairs to complete bike builds. I stayed quite busy picking up and dropping off bikes. Luckily I will have a proper area to do bike service soon once we get the shop rolling.