Integrative Fitting Information

 

Thank you for booking a fit with me and trusting me with this work. I have been a certified Steve Hogg Certified bike fitter since 2012. Steve’s methods have been deemed unconventional by some practitioners in the industry, but his philosophies and methods are in alignment with a single goal: use whatever means are necessary to provide the best possible result for the client at the time of service. While I am not an exact clone of Steve’s methods, I to strive to embody this principle in my work.

I am also a Chek Holistic Lifestyle Coach and may integrate methods from Paul Chek’s system during our fit work. This work may be somewhat broad in scope and holistic in nature. I have integrated these methods with specific purpose and outcome in mind for each client, which is the best possible product I can produce at any moment. The reason I integrate these methods is that I frequently see significant overlap and relationship between on the bike problems, joint “niggles”, dysfunction, pain, and off the bike habits, movement patterns, lifestyle choices, exercise choices, and alignment with the dream, goal or objective of the rider. In my experience, looking at the rider through a strictly biomechanical lens will result in limited depth to the solution provided, meaning: a long term solution will may not be reached. A comprehensive and holistic perspective is far more likely to reach the root of the problem. 

What to expect: our fit session will result in changes to your bike position, discussion of client health and functional status which may include on and off the bike practices, including but not limited to: riding posture, power production methods, pedal stroke philosophy, training philosophy and application, diet, hydration and sleep habits, cycling goals and/or dreams, right relationship with movement, myofascial release, foundational principles of health, and strength and conditioning programs.

You should expect an honest and thorough client assessment during our work, and to leave the session with actionable advice on how to make improvements in the areas we discuss. 

Pre Fit Considerations: 

  • Time: the fitting will last approximately 6 hours.  
  • Additional bikes, shoes, or other equipment: there is no additional charge for inclusion of additional equipment, provided the total time does not exceed 6 hours. If additional work is required beyond this point to complete set up of additional bikes or shoes, the hourly rate will apply.
  • Payment: the fee for an Integrative Bicycle Fit is $1000  and will be due at the time the fit is completed. Accepted forms of payment are personal checks, cash, Venmo, or Paypal, or major credit cards.
  • Get the bike in a trainer: If your bike is equipped with a through axle, and you own a through axle kit for the trainer, please bring your bike with this axle installed. This makes things easy. I have adapters for all through axles made at the shop. Note: if your bike is equipped with a R.A.T. axle [most new Cervelo bikes] we will need to install the Robert Axle Project adapter to get your bike in the trainer, this adds 10-15 min of work. Please let me know in advance of the fit if this applies to you. Also, some modern mountain bikes were not made to be put in a trainer [read: cannot be put in a trainer]. If you are planning a fit on a MTB, please email me with the exact manufacturer and model so I can research our options.
  • Inside Ride rollers are available and for riders who use rollers, this may be our first choice for fit work during the session. This is also an option for riders who have bikes that cannot be fit to a trainer.
  • Tires: if you are bringing a gravel bike for the fit session and have a wheel with a smooth tread, this is the first choice [over a knobby tread, which will make more noise]
  • Stuff: Equipment or supplies provided will incur charges as applicable (ie: stems, bars, shims, wedges, cleat screws, etc). I normally have a limited selection of additional handlebars, posts or stems so if you suspect that you may need a different option and have it already, please bring it. I typically try to stock one of everything (stem sizes in various lengths and angles, bars, and posts) for purchase or testing, but in some cases I may not have everything we need in stock.
  • Mechanical Services: I can perform most basic mechanical operations required for a fit (EG cutting a steerer tube or seat mast). Additional fees may apply for these services. Bikes that are integrated or internally wired may be prohibitive to the fit process and require advance notice, please contact me before the fit if your bike will require extensive mechanical knowledge for adjustment. Understand that bike fit with integrated bars / stem is limited in scope. 
  • Special Mechanical Service: I will not be able to make adjustments on a bicycle with a fully integrated cockpit, IE any bike with internal hydraulic cables and/or shifter cables. This will require an appointment with a qualified mechanic. I have several recommendations for local mechanics who are excellent, however it may be necessary to schedule a follow up once the changes have been made. While bike fitting does require basic mechanical skills, modern bikes are complex and require a skilled mechanic and this is not something I have the inclination to study or master. 
  • What to bring: cycling shoes with orthotics or insoles if you have them, a cycling kit, your helmet, and if you need new cleats, now is the time to bring a fresh pair. Also: if you are using custom footbeds or aftermarket footbeds in your cycling shoes, please bring the original footbeds included with your cycling shoes. Feel free to bring extra stems, saddles, or handlebars if you have them and think they may be useful.
  • Footbeds: if you don’t have any footbeds or orthotics in your cycling shoes and are planning a fit, please contact me in advance. The basic foam liner which comes with most shoes is not a footbed. Some shoes now come with a moldable liner which may include interchangeable, modular arch supports. If you have these, bring all arches which were included. I may recommend that you purchase some footbeds prior to the fit and can provide suggestions. I have a limited selection of footbeds for sale in my shop but I can’t guarantee I will have all sizes in at the time of your fitting. That said, I do my best to keep stock available.
  • Cleats and Pedals: if your cleats, pedals or other parts are extremely well used (read: beyond their usable life or totally trashed) it may interfere with the effectiveness of our fit. If you would like new cleats installed during the fit, bring them and unless it is an enormous project, I can do it at no additional charge.
  • Footbeds: if you don’t have any footbeds or orthotics in your cycling shoes and are planning a fit, please contact me in advance. The basic foam liner which comes with most shoes is not a footbed. Some shoes now come with a moldable liner which may include interchangeable, modular arch supports. If you have these, bring all arches which were included. I may recommend that you purchase some footbeds prior to the fit and can provide suggestions. I have a limited selection of footbeds for sale in my shop but I can’t guarantee I will have all sizes in at the time of your fitting. That said, I do my best to keep stock available.
  • Clothing: women: please wear a sports bra under your jersey. Riders will be asked to remove their tops for part of the pre-fit assessment. Men: please wear bib shorts and expect that for the assessment process this will be your attire.
  • Bike: please ensure that your bike is reasonably clean; filthy bikes are not pleasant to work on and may delay the process in extreme cases.
  • Bar tape: If repositioning of brake levers or adjustment of handlebar angle is necessary, or new handlebars are being installed, handlebar tape may or may not be recycled depending on how durable it is. I do have a selection of handlebar tape at the shop for purchase, or you can bring tape of your own preference. You can also re-tape your bars after our session.

Post fit considerations: 

  • Post fit adaptation: you can expect an adjustment period of up to 8 weeks after your position changes are made. The adjustment time will vary depending on how much change is made, how heavy your training and racing load were before the fitting, and how much intensity and volume you do following the fit. This may mean reduced training load, volume, or changing competition schedules. If you are concerned about the timing of your fit and how it may impact your competitive training or calendar, email me and we can talk specifics. I will email you a document that will outline possible courses of action on training and racing loads post fitting and how they are typically impacted. One solution is to titrate the recommended fit changes over time in order to avoid a bit adaptation to fit changes. This topic is discussed extensively in your post fit information, which you will receive after the completion of your appointment. 
  • Three steps forward, one step back: understand that even if your new cycling position is superior to your previous one, you may go slower and experience soreness initially as part of your adaptation. If you are a high volume rider or have been cycling for many years, thousands of pedal strokes have contributed to neural programming and patterning which have been ingrained in your movement, and it may take time to find fluidity and efficiency in your new position as those pathways are reprogrammed. Your short term performance may be compromised as a result of changes made to your position. If you are in competition season when your fitting takes place and are concerned about this, talk to me about it. 
  • Food: because of the length of the fit process, it may be a good idea to have some snacks on hand so you don’t get hungry. We have water and tea at the shop for customers at any time but if you prefer another source of liquid, feel free to bring it. 
  • Pre Fit Information: I will send you a client questionnaire in advance of your appointment in order to get some background information and a bit of physical history.
  • Finishing touch: I will make every effort to ensure your bike is ready to ride when you leave, however if we make changes to stems, bars, saddles and posts, it is possible some parts may require additional tightening after the fit. Please know it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your bike is safe to ride before you ride it. 
  • Panache Cyclewear Discount: any fitting client is welcome to take advantage of a one time, 20% on site discount on any Panache Cyclewear they wish to purchase at the time of their fit. Visit www.panachecyclewear.com to see the options available.

Studio Location:

3980 Broadway St

Suite 202

Boulder, CO 80304-1161

M: 303.884.8088

cwpcoaching@me.com

The studio is located in the same shopping center as Lucky’s Market. It is on the second level, the door faces west. 

I look forward to working with you.