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Carbon lugged with titanium= equals dreamy! and a smooth compliant ride yet begs to be raced… Just ask John! Built up with the purty new Dura-Ace 11 speed, Enve seatpost and stem, FSA bars, Dura-Ace tubeless wheels, Specialized Romin saddle- this bike is very drool-worthy. Thanks John for letting us help build this special bike! Enjoy!
Wade Hall, lead fitter at The Spokesman was invited to participate in a Bike Fitting Task Force for the “Medicine of Cycling” MOC, conference at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, August 2012.
Wade has been in meetings and conference calls with the task force since Dec 2011. The goals of the task force were to create a starting point in the discussion of fitting and its future place in cycling relative to the clinical and medical field.
The topics ranged from very general question “What is fitting?” to the extremely specific topics of neutral positioning and optimal positions for specific styles of riding and racing. The how’s, when’s and why’s of specific fitting practices from shoe insoles, forefoot wedging, whole foot wedging, cleat alignment and crank arm length to specific body positioning for road racing, TT, triathlon, recreational cycling and mountain biking.”
Fitting is seen by the medical community as an unregulated and uncertified specialty service that only requires a sign reading Fits Done Here as its qualifying factor. Presenting at this conference is an early step in the process of formalizing the fitting profession in relationship to the medical community.
The task force is made up of 5 MD’s, 2 chiropractors, 3 PT’s, 3 fit school administrators, and 2 frame builders. Wade was there as the representative of the retail bike shop fitting world and as Dr. Andy Pruitt’s representative. Dr. Pruitt is considered the father of modern bicycle fitting and runs the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, BCSM. Dr. Pruitt also created the internationally recognized BG Fit School at Specialized Bicycles in Morgan Hill, CA, where Wade also assists as a guest fitting instructor. Dr. Pruitt’s work at BSCM, his fitting work with the European Pro Peloton and The USA Challenge in Colorado had all of his attention so he asked Wade to stand in on behalf of him in the task force and for the conference.
When asked why he became involved with this group Wade explained, “I felt like there was an unspoken desire for fitting to be regulated away from the bike shop and not restricted to those with a medical education. We teach a course that takes a fitter from beginner through master’s level and culminates with a proctored certification. The quality of fitter developed via this process will rival and in many cases exceed a clinical fitter.”
Wade goes on to state, “There are some really good fit schools and there is a vast body of knowledge available for someone who wants to make fitting his or her profession. I think a strong voice in support of the “bike shop” or “non-clinical” fitter needs to be included in the discussions. I also hope that my being there will encourage the doctors in the conference to considering referring to their local bike shop fitter and not just to the “PT fitter” on their list.”
As this newsletter goes to production, Wade is in Morgan Hill with Dr. Pruitt assisting in a master’s class including students from as far as Japan, New Zealand, South America and even bike shop competitors from as close as over the hill in Santa Clara.
Cross ride! We will meet at the shop at 7am for coffee and bagels and then ride Wilder to UCSC and be back to the shop by 9:30ish