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Pearce Fitting and Coaching is located Boulder, Colorado. This space is shared with Panache Cyclewear and The Service Course as part of the Boulder Cycling Collective.

Steve Hogg Certified

Steve Hogg Certified

In February 2012, I flew to Sydney Australia to be mentored by Steve Hogg as a bike fitter. For a month, my exclusive purpose was to live and breathe bike fitting as I trained with Steve on a daily basis. 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 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 of bike fitting, human physiology, functional anatomy, and neuroscience to connect the dots that most fitters have not explored. Steve’s fitting approaches clients from a very ‘big picture’ perspective and thus benefits clients on a larger scale than simply adjusting some dimensions on their bicycle. His fitting methods do not use a “fit system” or pre-generated formulas, but instead rely on detailed physical assessment of the athlete in combination with precise cues from the structure of the rider. His basis for fitting is founded on establishing clear proprioceptive communication throughout the body, notably 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. Like any complex methodology, bike fitting sees the body-mind for what it is: a system of systems. In some instances, hard science can provide objective data, and in other aspects, fitting is reliant on the human eye to see when muscles move with supple action, or when a client’s rhythm naturally increases without effort after a change is made. This ability is honed over years of study and observation in the sport.

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 operate my own fitting business this way as well. 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, physical therapy, yoga, stretching, massage, acupuncture, 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, I have assembled a trusted network of individuals whom I can refer clients to when they require assistance that is beyond my means. In 2018, I become a Chek Holistic Lifestyle Practitioner (level 1). This program will increase the skill set I can use to assess and assist my clients during fitting and coaching sessions. I will continue my education with Paul Chek in 2019. While I received my primary fit education and guidance from Steve, he is adamant that each of his trainee’s are not “clones” of him or his work. Working with me as a fitter is not a guarantee that I will use all the methods Steve does in his client sessions. I consider my fitting to be an opportunity to work on a  personal, detailed level with clients and impact real positive change in their lives. In order to optimize the transition to the changes made during a fit session, proper steps must be taken to ensure the athlete settles in correctly to the work that has been done. There is an adaptation to any new bike fit, and several factors contribute to how effectively and quickly that adaptation is made. Critical to the success of the new fit is the education of the client; why the changes were made, how posture should be held, and how power should be applied to the pedals in the new position. Without these elements, the rider will be trying to ride using old technique with new contact points, which will be less than optimal. I don’t expect to do everything perfectly (although that is my aim) but I find it unacceptable that both clients and fitters consider this to be industry standard. If hundreds of dollars are paid for a professional service and it was less than perfect, in any other field of service the consumer would (justifiably) throw a fit. Cycle fits should be held to no lesser of a standard.

To read about Steve and his philosophies, goto www.stevehoggbikefitting.com.

Service Options

Complete Fit – $550 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 4-5 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
  • Consideration of the athlete’s function within the context of life load, work habits and athletic history. Recommendations will be made relative to this context
  • A tune-up appointment after 4-6 weeks, if needed
  • Discussion and application of on the bike posture, power production
  • Chek Holistic Lifestyle Coaching: I may integrate various methods taught by Paul Chek in my fit session with clients, based on what I feel will best serve the athlete at the time of our work together

Fee for each additional bike: $120 Set up of additional pairs of riding shoes: $100 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 – $120/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.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

“I have had several bike fits over the 15+ years I have spent as a competitive cyclist, and I can say with certainty that none of them approached the level of thoroughness and detail as the recent fit experience I had with Colby.  While he begins with the excellent process developed by Steve Hogg, Colby stands-out in his creativity in addressing the nuanced differences of each individual and his desire to ensure the fit is truly perfect for the rider.  I was most impressed with his proactive follow-up and continued support well after the initial fit had taken place.  Colby has over 20 years of racing experience to pull from and he truly cares that your fit is 100% perfect.  I would strongly recommend him to any level rider looking to improve their comfort and performance on the bike.”
 
– Nick Traggis
Director, Horizon/Panache Cycling
 
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January 2019 Before I found Colby, I was urged by a cyclist friend of mine here in Nebraska to go to Colorado for my fit work and find someone with experience.  Omaha to Colorado’s Front Range?  Where to begin?  How to go about this?  So many bike shops and fit people there.  I started my research with bike shops who are highly regarded for their ability to do fit work.  I began searching Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver. I came across many bike shops that had the latest fit systems in place. I called several bike shops and talked with different people.  What drew my eye to Colby Pearce’s studio was his unique position of being a one-man operation.  Free to advise as his eye saw rather than the possible encouragement or direction from some overarching body like bike shop management or distributors.  I wanted an expert, not a brand.  I wanted an experience.  I knew this was going to take some time, and it would be important.  I had no idea how significant it was going to be. I placed a call to Colby and left a voicemail.  A few days later he called me back, while brushing his teeth.  We talked about what I wanted to do and set up an appointment.  A few weeks later I drove eight and a half hours to his studio in Boulder from Omaha, Nebraska. Since then I’ve taken six-bikes out to Colby for fit work, and we’re currently working on a custom bike from Seven Cycles together in which Colby is handling the entire process from initial fit to consult with Seven to all the details of the build with House of Spin. Having worked in a bike shop before I have had the good fortune to be able to ride nice bikes and good equipment.  But I’ve never had a next-level fit done for me even though I was in the business.  It’s pretty rare.  To be able to work with someone like Colby.  Who has such a skill set and breadth of knowledge and experiences to draw from as he focuses on YOU.  World record holder, coach, pro, fit specialist, mobility work guru, MTB guy, road guy, track guy, gravel guy, has studied under the greats and continues to learn himself. It also needs mentioned he’s part tinkerer-customizer.  Never quite satisfied and always curious — what if I apply a heat gun to the sole of this shoe?  Hmmm.  Let’s try it!   Marie Kondo is sweeping the nation.  The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up.  With Marie Kondo’s system you have to go through each item in your house and ask ‘Does it spark joy?’  This is your guide to helping you decide if you keep the item or pass it along after saying thank you to it, thus decluttering your life.  My wife was helping me go through my cycling shoes.  We packed up many pairs to get rid of.  She picked up my white and black Bont Vaypors and asked me “What about these?  Do these spark joy?”  I responded “Those spark extreme joy.”  I have Colby to thank.  I have a narrow foot and have not once had a pair of cycling shoes that fit me in my 25-years as a cyclist.  Thanks to Colby and his heat gun and curiosity and patience and persistence I now have a pair of cycling shoes that I truly love.  They spark joy. I learned Colby’s nickname when I was out in Boulder.  Mr. Millimeter.  He never seems rushed or preoccupied.  I sometimes describe him to cycling friends as “It’s kind of hard to imagine him being ferocious on the bike, he’s just too relaxed it seems.” He’s present.  He’s mindful.  He’s focused.  He’s listening.  He’s thinking.  He’s wondering.  The Mr. Millimeter part you’ll see again and again.  A thoroughness that is so unique.  Attention to detail with care.  It was always remarkable to me that Colby would remember details about fit work we had done together or my life or riding interests/hopes.  Why would Colby Pearce care about me?  A dude who has won no big races and lives in Omaha, Nebraska?  He’s just that kind of guy.  I frequently discuss at home with my wife the Colby Pearce model.  His way of doing things.  Get really good at them, so good that you can carve out more time to do less and then do it really really well.  Who wouldn’t want to work with that kind of person? As a cyclist living in the Midwest we have such varied weather that more than one bike is needed.  I had no idea the value of Colby’s fits on multiple bikes when I began working with him.  But now I do.  If you blindfolded me and put the same handlebars/tape and pedals on all my bikes I’m not sure I’d be able to distinguish which one is which.  They all fit so similarly now.  Who benefits?  My central nervous system, that’s who.  Power production is seamless.  This really blew my mind in Scotland.  When I was there the first time with my mountain bike.  Certainly a mountain bike is going to fit you way different than your road racing bike?  I couldn’t believe it!  The handlebars were different, but my power position was the same!  It was a seamless transition to go from riding only road at home to hopping on my mountain bike abroad and never miss a beat!  It felt like the same bike!  As far as my central nervous system goes it was the same bike!  Made for a wonderful trip to be able to transition over to a whole different discipline and feel fantastic.  He even made my fat bike feel the same. Most recently we have been working together on a custom Seven road bike.  Why would I go all the way back out to Colorado for this when there are so many fantastic bike shops in the city I live and now so many boutique frame makers on-line that I could go through for a custom bike?  Was it Seven that drew me back out to Boulder?  It was Colby.  There are so many fantastic frame makers.  But there’s only one Colby.  To be able to begin this process with him and do the fit work together that drew from his wide range of experiences and expertise is what made the project for me.  The bike really only comes alive if it fits you to the degree that it becomes an extension of your own self. Mr. Millimeter.  The stone turner.  During the process of going back and forth on the custom Seven project I reached a point when I realized I think we’re done.  This is great.  I sign off on it and let’s let them start building.  Nope.  Colby wasn’t satisfied yet.  He wanted to turn over a few stones again and triple check some things.  I was good, Seven was good, but Colby wasn’t good yet.  He wanted to go through things again with them and ask a few more questions on frame specs.  I had a great conversation with Seven about Colby.  They said “He sets us up for success.” I would say the same.  He sets me up for success.  Never mind I’m not a pro with a contract or a big name.  Colby cares about me and he uses his own personal memory bank for me in Nebraska.  Pretty crazy.  But dude, you live in Boulder and coach big name riders and set world records yourself, why do you care about me here?  He’s a global guy, a holistic guy.  I ended up getting way more than just super solid fit work.  He’s become part of the experience for me. – Tim  Omaha, Nebraska

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Hey Colby, It’s been about six weeks or so since the fit and just thought I’d let you know everything is feeling great on both bikes. Things are progressing along nicely, I’m more comfortable / powerful now and feel like every aspect of the fit is considerably is better than before. Personally, I thought changing the spindle lengths made a big difference and was like the last piece to the puzzle. I’m experiencing smoother pedaling and am able to sustain a higher cadence with less effort. I also got a hold of a Thomson x4 110mm 0 degree for the mtn bike. I was a little worried how the bike would handle out on the trail, but to my surprise I thought it was more stable, especially on the climbs and actually handled better overall. Thanks again for everything.  In comparison to previous bike fits; I felt like the thirsty man only getting a half a glass of water, which made me feel a little better, but finally got the full glass I needed with your help and this fit. – James S. ——————————————————————————————————————————— I first contacted Colby after doing extensive bicycle fitting research online. I had been through 2 prior professional fittings and had definitely seen some improvement in my position on the bike, but things were still “not quite right”. In fact, I continued to have significant back and neck pain and ongoing shoulder discomfort after a ride of more than 30 minutes. I had read everything Steve Hogg had on his website, and as a physician, the concepts he was discussing made tremendous physiological sense. For this reason I contacted Colby Pearce. I was preparing to head to Colorado but that was not possible until sometime next year and I wanted to get moving. After emailing Colby, he suggested that I do a video fitting. Obviously, this is no substitute for in person fitting but it would have to do. Wow!!! After three separate videos, I have never felt more comfortable or been able to generate more power with the adjustments that Colby suggested. He truly understands the individual and the fitting issues that are different for each person. He did not just measure a few angles and adjust my bike but carefully observed my “functional position and mechanics” on the bike and recommended adjustments that were specific for me. It has made all the difference. Thanks Colby. I will never go elsewhere. – Steve (Gainesville, FL)

 
 

Colby Pearce and Steve Hogg, February 2012
Colby Pearce and Steve Hogg, February 2012