Growing up with a father who was a master mechanic, I began helping him work on cars at the age of five and watched a master problem solver in action.
Over the many years of racing, riding, touring, and commuting I have continued to ask why we sit on a bicycle the way we do. Why are we bent forward? What muscles are we using to propel the bike? Why does the body move the way it does on the bike?
My injuries from cycling led me to learn more about the mechanics of my body and I was introduced to yoga in 1990. At the studio where I practiced yoga the teachers were physical therapists and yoga teachers. Watching how the physical therapists evaluated the body and began to problem solve their clients’ issues gave me new tools for fitting. Taking the body apart to understand the bones, muscles and joints allows me to reassemble the parts to see the movement of the whole body together.
I began to understand normal ranges of motion and alignment of the body. I learned many tests to objectively look at how the body moves. I am able to use yoga to explore and better understand movement.
We are more than just the sum of our parts. I try to look at the complete picture – not only what the body is doing, but also what the client wants to do and how they understand the challenges before them. Using great tools and tests to see as clearly as possible, I share what I see with the client so we can work together to make good choices.
My mission is to help the bike industry make cycling more user-friendly and accessible!
Working at a leading bike shop in the 1980s, I observed how the process of selling a bike was completed. There was very little time spent on the union between the bicycle and the body. I started fitting in 1981 when very little was known about this process and almost no services were available. We slowly developed services in the shop where I worked and I was happy that customers embraced those services. I decided that more people needed fitting, so in 1996 I helped the custom bike manufacturer, Serotta Bicycles, create the first Serotta Bicycle Fitting School.
After teaching Serotta dealers for 2.5 years I decided to create Bicycle Fitting Services to reach more bike shops and dealers by offering seminars around the US. Working with and teaching yoga at Gudmestad Yoga and Physical Therapy my knowledge continued to grow. In 2005 I decided to go on my own and I opened Bicycle Fitting Services studio.
With my own studio, I set up my services in the way I dreamed they should be done.
For many years I worked to get a major manufacturer to see the value of fitting and in 2007 Trek Bicycle hired me to lead their fitting education. We did 13 seminars a year across the US for four years. The seminars had 30 to 50 students and were 2 to 3 days long covering all aspects of fitting. Working with Trek I was able to do fittings on a variety of characters – from Ivan Basso in the San Diego wind tunnel to George W. Bush on the back steps of the White House.