Do I need a Coach?

Have you ever thought about a cycling coach? Many cyclists have the idea that a cycling coach is only beneficial to the serious racer. Actually, most cyclists are not racers – in fact, less than 1% of all cyclists ever put wheels to the starting line. Consider this: everything we regard as easy in our lives today was at one …

The BikeFit Podcast

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the Operations Manager of BikeFit , Damon Wyatt,  on this inaugural episode of the BikeFit Podcast. Having just recently finished my paper for the International Bike Fitting Institute (IBFI) on saddle height he reached out to me for  additional insight into all things saddle position. Much was discussed …

Things often ignored become future problems.

There are many things to pay attention to when maintaining a bicycle. Most people in my experience do not pay close enough attention to some of the little things that can make a big difference. Most “tune ups” (I hate that term) cover the main parts of the bicycle. Things like wheel bearings and truing, brake and shifting adjustments and …

What is the Value of a Clean Work Space?

    One factor of working in a industry that is paid by the hour (generally) is “What is the value of your time”? Realize that this is different around the country depending on your region and demographic. But I do believe everyone can agree time is valuable and something, once gone, can’t be retrieved. There are many thing that …

The Backside of Bike Fitting: Saddle Position

  The following is a paper I wrote at the conclusion of a year long mentorship through the International Bike Fitting Institute with Curtis Cramblett. The process involved many conversations and research into concepts and techniques not all of which are included in this final paper. The idea is to further the knowledge of  a fitter in a focused area …

WTB Test Saddles

Not long ago I invested in a kit of saddles from Wilderness Trail Bikes. The kit consists of 16 saddles from their entire range. Saddles included are the Volt 135, Volt 142, Volt 150, Rocket 130, Rocket 142, Rocket 150, Silverado, Hightail, Pure, Speed, Speed She, SL8 ,Diva, Koda 142, Koda 150 and Comfort. These saddles are especially popular with …

Why is Bike Fitting so Important?

This is just one of many questions that come up when people start asking about my business and what I do for cyclists. Being a USA Cycling coach and pro mechanic has many benefits to all types of cyclists but in my humble opinion nothing compares to the importance of bike fitting in my practice. If you are spending an …

Sealed Bearing Service

Some sealed bearings can be serviced and some cannot. Most hubs, bottom brackets, headsets and pedals have sealed bearings in the modern age of bicycles. Some of these bearings have rubber seals that can be removed and serviced to prolong life and save money. The above video shows the basic steps for taking care of these bearings once they are …

Shimano Cable Frustration

So let me start by saying how much I like Shimano equipment. Their components and much of their accessories line are simply the best. A few years ago on the Ulterga and Dura Ace level cable systems, these coated cables started showing up on bikes. When they are new and fresh they are butter smooth and will last about one …

SMP Test Saddles

In the business of fitting saddles are often a touchy subject. Not just because of how we touch them but there are soooo many options. “What is right for me?” people ask all the time. Why not try different options ans find the one that works for you. Selle SMp saddles are 100% made in Italy and are considered by …