Steve Hogg Approved Fitter
While I now cycle primarily for pleasure and to maintain my fitness, I continue to be active in the local cycling community and consider my primary goal to be that of helping others enjoy the sport. Working from my studio in Mallorytown Landing On. I am committed to pursuing excellence in bicycle fitting, repair and consultation. I am always looking forward to working with the great people I meet along this cycling adventure.
CONTACT DETAILS, PRICING & NECESSARY INFO
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FITTING OPTIONS, PRICING & DETAILS
Thank you for your interest in having me work with you to sort out your current positional issues. I will send you additional information once you have contacted me via email through the contact link.
Comprehensive Fitting is designed for anyone who wants to improve their performance, have confidence in their position or has issues from injury or discomfort with their new or existing bike position. The session will typically last 4 -5 hours, including rider interview, off bike functional assessment, on bike assessment, positional changes, measurements of pre and post bike fitting position, cleat positioning, foot correction, post fitting discussion and if time allows a post fit outdoor ride. The fee for my Comprehensive Fitting is $485.00. A follow up session, when required, is included in the price of the original fit and can happen up to 8 weeks after the original fit date. Normally, a check up is a good idea to see how you have settled in to your new position. Equipment or supplies provided will incur charges as applicable (i.e.: stems, footbeds, bars, shims, wedges, cleat screws, etc). If you have components that you think may be useful please bring them with you.
Compact Fitting consists of optimized cleat position, foot correction using Hogg’s patented method (requires arch support), positional changes to accommodate the new cleat/foot pedal interface and recording your new position. I also offer expert advice on pedaling technique and function on and off the bike. This session requires approx. 2.5 – 3 hours and costs $265.00 plus parts. Additional labour may apply.
Additional shoes will incur a charge of $80.00/ pair to replicate cleat position and check foot correction.
Hourly fit work can also be booked and priced accordingly.This service may apply to riders who have been fit by me in the past but have developed new issues or have made gains functionally and require some positional tweaks to accommodate these physical changes or are in for their yearly checkup.
Cash, Cheque or E – Transfer are acceptable forms of payment.
If you are not satisfied with my work, and I am unable to resolve your positional issues on the bike with subsequent follow up appointments, I will refund your money. If after an appropriate adaptation time of 3-5 weeks during which you follow my post fit recommendations, you do not agree that I have significantly improved your position; I will refund the price of the fitting and return your set up to it’s original position.
Are provided but additional fees may apply (cutting fork steer tubes, seat masts, re-taping handlebars, etc). I am not responsible for bolts or clamps that break or strip during adjustments..
Off The Bike vs On The Bike:
Please keep in mind that there is a difference between “issues on the bike” and physical or structural issues which prevent you from achieving your optimal position, or from riding without pain or discomfort. Some conditions or functional limitations that a you bring to the session may be out of my area of expertise and will require work off the bike to sort out. I have a network of health care professionals in the area including a physical therapist, acupuncturist, kinesiologist, osteopaths and massage therapists and am able to provide referrals. Have confidence that my methodology is not to avoid the root issue by sending you somewhere else, I work with honesty and integrity, I want you to be comfortable and efficient on your bicycle, and help you to become more aware of your current limitations. This requires a holistic approach with each client.
Post Fit Adaptation:
You should expect an adjustment period of up to 3-5 weeks (individual adaptation varies) after your position changes are made. My advice is to ride as often as possible for the first 2- 3 weeks but at low to moderate intensities only. A heart rate of no higher than 75% of your maximum is ideal. This means no racing, no hard efforts, and stay away from steep hills. If in doubt back off your intensity. From the fourth week onward, ride as hard as you feel the need. Remember: Your body adapts far faster and with less discomfort when subjected to moderate loads. Be sensible, 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 which has been ingrained in to your movement patterns, and it will take time to find fluidity and efficiency in your new position as those pathways are reprogrammed. Be patient as your performance may be compromised. If you are in competition season when your fitting takes place and have concerns, please contact me to discuss.
Please Bring With You:
- Cycling shoes with orthotics or insoles if you have them,
- Cycling clothing including your helmet, and your flat repair kit
- The sunglasses and/ or Rx eyewear you wear on the bike,
- If you need new cleats, now is the time to bring a fresh pair. I do stock most brands of cleats. If your cleats, pedals or other parts are extremely well used it may in fact jeopardize the effectiveness of your positional changes. These worn out parts will need replacing so bring new ones or purchase them here.
- Be prepared to be riding an indoor trainer for up to 1.5 hours; a towel, change of clothes, and adequate food/hydration are necessary. I have water here but if you prefer another type of liquid, feel free to bring it. There is also a shower available for those wishing to use it.
- Please ensure that your bike is reasonably clean and in good working order and bring any thru hub axle adapters that your particular frame requires to attach to a trainer.
If you don’t have any footbeds or orthotics in your cycling shoes and are planning a fit, you will require a footbed. The basic foam liner which comes with most shoes is not acceptable. Proper arch support is the foundation to a complete bike fit. 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 stock G8 arch supports.
I will send you additional reading material. I may need to ask some questions in advance to gain background information about you.
Post-fit Bike Care:
I will make every effort to ensure your bike is ready to ride when you leave, however if I make changes to stems, bars, saddles and posts, it is possible some parts may require additional tightening after the fit. Please double check my work to be safe, know it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your machine is safe before you ride it. Thank you for your interest. I look forward to working with you soon.
Steve Hogg Approved
Mark has been riding, racing and wrenching on bicycles for most of his life. His road racing career started in the late ‘70s; soon earning medals at both the provincial and national junior championships. He took a short hiatus through the 1980’s to pursue other creative avenues such as building handmade furniture. But he never lost touch with his passion for bicycles. Cycling came to the forefront of his life again in the early 90’s when, in his brother’s barn, he started offering repair services for local cyclists. At the same time he started competing at regional and provincial road and cyclo cross races with a couple of co-ed Tris and duathlons for fun. This got the ball rolling for Mark to realize his dream of opening a bike store and TI Cycle, named after the Thousand Islands area where Mark lives, officially opened its doors in 2000. In October 2012, Mark arrived in Sydney, Australia, home to Steve and Margaret Hogg’s Pedal Pushers bike shop. This momentous occasion marked the culmination of over 10 years of experimenting and training with different bike fitting methods and systems, searching to provide the best results for him and his clients at T.I. Cycle. To Mark, Steve’s theories, methods and techniques seemed far more effective compared to the previous, more formulaic, fitting processes that he had been employing. He had noticed that by reading Steve’s material and applying the suggestions to his own position and to that of some trusted clients, the end results were far superior. This was enough to convince Mark that he needed to know more about Steve’s patented methods.
Training with Steve was very taxing; most days Mark was performing two fittings under Steve’s watchful eye and the volume of new information was overwhelming. He found that there were many unique procedures that served to enhance the fitting process. However, three weeks of training with Steve solidified the tools that Mark now employs to provide fittings that emphasize a safe, comfortable and efficient relationship between the rider and the bike. Mark continues to learn and add to his fitting knowledge. His services and techniques are evolving as he gains a deeper understanding of the interaction between the rider and their bicycle through hours of dedicated fitting work. He is also a committed member of the “Steve Hogg approved bike-fitter” team; adding new information and solutions to help him meet the unique challenges presented by each individual fit client.
I took up cycling more seriously when I retired a few years ago. The first fitting with Mark was for my hybrid (I wanted re-assurance that I had taken all reasonable steps to prevent injury before a century ride down to Niagara Falls). My research for a bike fitter led me to Steve Hogg’s site in Australia, and then to Mark Dwyre. Mark made several significant changes to the bike, and greatly improved my shoe comfort & placement. I completed that century ride without problems.
Despite living in Toronto, I had no hesitation in travelling to Mark to consult on (and subsequently get fitted to) my first road bike – a Synapse (where he recommended a different size to the one the local dealer suggested). I have thoroughly enjoyed riding the Synapse – including several century rides, which have been completed with no issues.
The piece-de-resistance was when I took the plunge and ordered a custom-made bike as a 70th birthday celebration – the frame expertly designed by Steve Hogg to Mark’s precise and informed measurements and immaculately built in titanium by Seven Cycle. The smile on my face when I first rode the bike after Mark had assembled it (to his meticulous standards) said everything about how perfectly the bike and I fitted each other. I have subsequently ridden nearly 4,000 km in under 4 months, (including 200-miles in one day), and just love riding the bike – it still puts a smile on my face every time I go for a ride.
Mark – thank you for ensuring that my position on my bike is the most efficient / comfortable possible. I cannot imagine having a bike and/or shoes fitted by anyone else.
I just wanted to thank you again for the tremendous service you provided. Again, blown away with the level of attention to detail and the passion towards the craft and science of bike fitting.
Enjoying the fit more and more everyday.
I highly recommend working with Mark if you’re looking for a comprehensive, customized, and detailed bike fit. When I first found Mark online, I had been experiencing some pains that were taking the enjoyment out of cycling for me. Local bike shops struggled to address these issues over the course of a year or so.
Mark’s techniques and approach were different from any other fit experience. Most importantly for me, he listened to my concerns instead of simply relying on a tool or device that told him that a certain position would be best for me. He took the time to fit me on the trainer, but then we also went outside on a ride so he could observe the fit on the road. This gave me the opportunity to feel comfortable with the adjustments and address any remaining questions.
I’m far from a pro, but I race at an amateur level and put in thousands of miles every year. For me, a good fit was important to allow me to continue to train harder while avoiding injury and remaining comfortable on the bike. I can say for certain that I raced my best the year after I first got a fit from Mark. Most importantly, cycling became fun for me again.
Thank you, Mark!
After a short drive to Mallorytown Landing, Mark greeted me at the entrance to his shop. I immediately felt welcomed and before too long came to believe that Mark’s many years of experience and training would serve me well. Before getting on the bike trainer many off bike functional tests were assessed through interviewing, measurement and observation: posture; flexibility; core strength; physical aspects of my body; including back; hips; pelvis; legs; inseam length and feet. Numerous pre-fit bike measurements were also recorded before my bike was placed on the trainer. Through this, I learned about the challenges of fitting a rider’s asymmetrical body onto a bike, which is symmetrical. With a keen eye and detailed focus Mark observed my riding from different vantage points while I completed a warm up followed by a few efforts with different resistance. After some bike adjustments including saddle height, position, reach, brake levers and shoe/cleat adjustment were made. Mark observed my post fit riding while coaching to improve technique, relaxation, performance and cadence.
During the comprehensive bike fitting session I felt that I was in studio of a master artist who was using scientific principles to improve the cycling experience. Mission accomplished! After the fitting Mark checked in by e-mail periodically to see how everything was working and then to schedule a free 50 km post fit ride assessment. I thoroughly enjoyed the 50 km ride on beautiful roads around Mallorytown Landing while being coached by Mark. I have followed up with Mark’s strong recommendation to gain and maintain symmetry by seeing a physiotherapist to develop off the bike workouts. Today I ride with more confidence and power knowing that I am in the proper bike position. Mark’s training, bike fitting skills, and knowledge will serve any cyclist looking to improve their comfort, avoid injury and performance in the saddle. The fit is well worth the investment for any cyclist, I highly recommend you contact Mark.
It has been 2 weeks since my fitting, and I must say that my stated goal has been achieved. All the distractions resulting from my position on the bike have been resolved. The rest is up to me!
That SMP saddle would be a bargain at twice the price! I have not had a single case of “numbness” or major discomfort since I changed my saddle. Of course, my seat bones have to toughen up some, but all very manageable. Again: NO NUMBNESS! It is especially noticeable when I do my roller training for 45-60 minutes. I can now sit in the same position for the full time without that hateful worrisome tingling sensation. I would give that part of the fitting process a 300% improvement.
Hand position: I knew that my hand position was not the greatest but the bar and stem changes made all the difference. Very occasional slight numbness in the hands, and nothing that does not disappear immediately with a brief change in position. I don’t feel like my weight is resting on my wrists anymore, and I can maintain a proper riding position on the hoods for all the 45 min on the rollers, as opposed to 3-4 minutes before. I also keep a better form on my regular trainers but I do change position occasionally. I have not ridden outside yet, but I am sure that it will translate to a better and more solid riding position also. I consciously try to correct my posture on the trainer, and I am slowly making progress. The new width of the bars is an improvement. I never thought that 2cm would make such a difference but it did. I still find the drops a bit awkward to ride in, but I try to spend time in that position occasionally throughout the training rides. As you said, the belly gets in the way… 150%
Feet: I love my new shoes! And the cleat position feels right. I feel more connected to the bike, through my soles, without discomfort. I would like to think that this translates into more power to the pedals, but this might be an impression more than a fact. My stats will tell. I can’t give you more precise feedback on the float or cleat position, but I can say that I have not noticed any knee, ankle, feet, or muscle issues or discomfort. And I have returned to my pre-fit training intensity levels. The legs seem to track well, and my pelvis and hips are solid on the bike.
I have started the Yoga program that you recommended (3 “introductory” sessions so far). I can tell that this will be a very slow process. Don’t expect miracles on my next assessment but there should be some improvements. I plan to include some more traditional shorter yoga sessions also – there is an app for that!
I did not get around to ordering the stretching book yet, on my to-do-list.
Services and Consultation
I service and fit bicycles by appointment from my home based shop/studio located in Mallorytown Landing On. Contact me directly through the process at the bottom of the page. I will set up and repair your bicycle with care, dedication, and expertise. My commitment to excellence and my guaranteed work are sure to make both you and your bicycle happy. Pick up and delivery available upon request.
If you are looking to purchase a new bicycle and are unsure of the best frame size or model/brand of bicycle that best suits your functionality and individual needs, I am also available by appointment for consultation.
Packages and services I provide:
- Full detailed cleaning of entire bicycle.
- All pivots and moving parts treated with a penetrating anti friction lubricant.
- Inspection of all drive train components for damage and wear.
- Setup shifting ( hanger alignment incl.).
- Setup and tune brakes and inspect brake pads for damage and wear.
- True wheels and check tires for damage and wear.
- Check headset, bottom bracket, hubs for smooth operation and adjust as required.
- All fasteners are checked for correct torque.
- All work is test ridden before you pick it up.
- All service comes with my “money back if your not happy guarantee.”
- Complete dis-assembly of bicycle.
- De-grease and inspect all parts for wear and damage.
- Hubs, Headset, Bottom Bracket and Derailleur pulleys are disassembled and rebuilt using the highest quality lubricants for bearings and all mating surfaces.
- All pivots are treated with anti-friction penetrating lubricant after cleaning.
- If required tapping and facing operations will be performed to the frame.
- Wheels will be checked for proper tension and trued.
- Tires will be inspected for wear and damage.
- The bicycle will be re assembled using new genuine cables and small parts fully compatible with your drive train.
- A free follow up appointment is included with this package after a 100-200km break in period.
- I recommend this level of service every 1-2 years depending on use.
- All work is double checked and test ridden.
- All service comes with my “money back if your not happy guarantee”.
Flat repair – $12.00 Install Tubular – $60.00 Install Tubeless – $20.00 plus sealant
Spoke replacement – $25.00 and below + parts
Wheel true – $25.00 and below
Custom wheel building – $65.00
Install/Adjust/Bleed Disc Brake – $54.00
Assemble bike from shipping including tune up – $125.00
Box bike for shipping – $75.00
Insurance Estimate – $55.00
*prices do not include parts and some conditions may apply