The Pearce Fit Lab is in Boulder, Colorado as part of the Pearce Coaching Office. This space is shared with Panache Cyclewear and The Service Course as part of the Bouldery Cycling Collective. There will be a quiz later.
Steve Hogg Certified
In February 2012, I flew to Sydney Australia to be mentored by Steve Hogg as a bike fitter. For three and a half weeks, my exclusive purpose was to live and breathe bike fitting. I absorbed as much information and experience as possible from Steve during this time. The apprenticeship was invaluable and now I am fitting riders using Steve’s philosophies as a basis for my methods.
Living in Sydney for nearly a month and training with Steve was an intense experience. Applicants for his apprenticeship program are chosen carefully. Showing up and measuring saddle height is no guarantee that the student will receive Steve’s certification. This is not a weekend course with lectures where you receive a certificate at the end. The apprenticeship is undertaken on a pass/fail basis and culminates with the student demonstrating his abilities to Steve’s satisfaction in a complete fit from start to finish, on a live client.
Steve is without a doubt one of the best bike fitters in the world. His methods are unconventional by some standards, but they have been refined over years of trial and error with thousands (yes, thousands) of clients. Steve has taken the time to research alternative methods to bike fitting and connect the dots in many methods which most fitters have not explored. His fitting methods do not use a “fit system” or pre-generated formulas, but instead rely on precise cues from the structure of the rider, in combination with a detailed physical assesment. His basis for fitting is founded on establishing clear proprioceptive communication throughout the body, especially between the feet and the shoes. The end result is optimal position for the athlete based on their individual needs, cycling goals, and abilities.
The best bike fitters use a blend of old school observation and new school science where it is appropriate.
Steve fits his clients on a Money Back if not Satisfied basis. If the client is not happy with the services performed, and a satisfactory solution to any ongoing problems is not found, a complete refund is issued. In my experience, very few bike fitters offer this guarantee and I have elected to embrace this feature in my own fitting business. I think it is a means of doing business with integrity and genuine intent to help others.
Of course, some clients may have on the bike issues which can only be improved or solved off the bike via body work, yoga, stretching, physical therapy, massage, or other means. I am not suggesting that a bike fit will solve all of your problems, or that 100% of your problems on a bike can be solved through a fit. To this end, Steve has assembled an extensive network of trusted practitioners to whom he refers clients when they need additional services. I am in the process of acquiring a similar network here in Colorado.
Many times I have heard stories of riders who have had fits, ridden in the new position for a week or two, and then reversed all the changes to where they were. I don’t expect to do everything perfectly (although that is my aim) but what I find unacceptable is both the fitter and clients’ acceptance of this wasted exercise. If hundreds of dollars are paid for a professional service, in any other field if it was less than perfect, the consumer would throw a fit. Cycle fits should be held to no lesser of a standard.
Complete Fit – $450
Recommended for riders who would like to optimize their position “from scratch” and is done using existing bike or bikes (including road, TT, CX, track or MTB endurance bikes).
Each fit will take approximately 3-5 hours and will include:
- A detailed physical client assessment and analysis
- Precise measurement of your existing bicycle dimensions
- Adjustments to your position to refine and improve your comfort and performance
- A record of changes for your reference and future appointments if needed
- A detailed record of your fit including post fit recommendations, fit notes, videos and data
- Discussion of the posture of bicycle fit and how to achieve and maintain it properly
- A tune-up appointment after 4-6 weeks, if needed
Fee for each additional bike: $100
Set up of additional pairs of riding shoes: $75
Note: It is only necessary to have the physical assessment done once per client; subsequent fit work or bicycles are billed on an hourly basis.
Hourly Fit Work – $90/hour
This option is available for clients who have already had a physical assessment performed by me or another qualified individual, or have a more specific bike fit issue they want to target.
Money back if not satisfied
If after an appropriate adjustment time of four to six weeks, and with subsequent adjustments if necessary, the client does not agree that I have done a satisfactory job of significantly improving his or her fit, I will refund the price of the fit.
Photos: Anita Lopez. Thanks Anita!