RIDE LONGER, RIDE STRONGER, RIDE FASTER, RIDE SAFER, WITH COMFORT

At FITT 1ST we are passionate about the sport of cycling and believe that in order to enjoy this wonderful sport to its fullest, you need to be comfortable above all else. Whether you are a weekly commuter, a dedicated charity rider, serious recreational club rider, elite or professional athlete, road or mountain, it all starts with finding the best position possible for you. Once you are comfortable, then and only then can performance be optimized.We believe that a person’s bicycle when fitted correctly should feel like an extension of their own body, the perfect union between Rider and Machine. You should feel comfortable, safe, balanced, strong and always in control.

K Scott Judges B Sc. ( Founder / Owner )



Contact Info: Tel: 416-346-9696

Email: fitt1stbikefitting@gmail.com



STUDIO AND PERFORMANCE LAB LOCATED AT:

374 Dupont St. ( 2nd Floor ) TORONTO, ON. M5R 1V9



WHAT MAKES A " FITT 1ST " BIKE FIT DIFFERENT

"Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand”

Confucius

We at FITT 1ST want you to understand your bike fit, that's why we take the extra time to actively involve you in all aspects of the procedure. This way we establish quality communication and feedback.

Our fitting process was developed by the leaders and pioneers in this industry, taught at the SICI Institute to the TOP FITTERS IN THE WORLD. Although our system uses well established scientific criteria as its base we add a very “Rider Centric “ component to our fit procedure by establishing a thorough personalized profile of the rider themselves.

There are no “quick fixes” if a bike fit is done correctly, and that is why our fits are very comprehensive.

Whether you are a pro athlete or a daily commuter, the process remains the same and is equally important for all.

By the time your fit is complete you should not only feel totally satisfied with your new position, you will also have a much greater knowledge and better understanding of how your body and your bicycle work together. You and the bicycle become one. This is how the cycling experience is maximized.


Full FITT Procedure

Step 1: Interview

The fit begins with an extensive interview to establish a personal blueprint of the uniqueness you bring to the bike.

We will gather information about your life off the bike that relates directly to your comfort, efficiency and power on the bike. Lifestyle, fitness level, riding experience, prior injuries, surgeries and current physical concerns all play an important role in determining your ideal position.


Step 2: Foot Assessment

This is a very important aspect of the bike fit and absolutely essential for any rider who uses a clipped in pedal system. The interface between the foot, shoe, cleat and pedal is where it all begins. This is where all your power and efficiency originates.

This is also the source for the majority of foot and knee issues we encounter. Foot size and shape, degree of pronation, arch type, length and height, forefoot varus and valgas and metatarsal support are all evaluated here.


Step 3: Flexibility and Postural Assessment

Everyone has a unique body structure, determined by genetics, how we live our lives, and even what we do for a living. A person who sits in front of a computer all day will have a much different range of motion and flexibility than the fitness trainer, even if they were born identical twins. Chances are they would not be comfortable in the same position on the bike as well. Postural alignment, leg length differences, pelvic asymmetries, spinal flexibility, hamstring flexibility, and hip flexion range of motion, IT bands and internal hip flexors will all be assessed.


Step 4: On Bike Assessment

Everything we do on the bike is to ensure that the bike fits you. It makes more sense to change a stem, saddle position or handle bar position than to force one's body into a position that is unnatural. This process will result in a position that accommodates all of your natural bio-mechanics, removing excess pressure on all your joints.

Foot stability, cleat alignment, ankling pattern, knee tracking, pelvic angle, upper body alignment, arm and hand positions will all be optimized to ensure that you will be riding safely and comfortably for your current skill and fitness level. We will be asking for your feedback continually through this phase.


Step 5: Evaluation and Recommendations


We will do our best to adapt your existing equipment to you. However there may be changes that we will recommend to you. A new handlebar with shallower reach and drop to accommodate your arm and hand position, a different saddle that fits your body and riding style better or something as small as adding a wedge to one of your cleats. Any one of these small changes can make a world of difference in your ability to enjoy, perform well and ride safely on the bike.

If your bike is just the wrong size and or geometry for you, we will tell you so, and give you advice on what manufacturers makes, models and size would be a much better fit for you and your style of riding.

All of your data will be recorded, so that you will have a permanent record of all the key bike measurements. You will receive before and after videos of your fit as well as a complete report of your assessment.


To book a fitting contact:


or call Scott Judges at 416-346-9696

Friday, April 18, 2014

Nacsworld.com NORCO sweeps Master 1 podium at first O Cup race of the season at the Calabogie Classic



Congratulations to Steve McKee, Justin Rogers and Kevin Davis on finishing 1, 2, 3 in the first O Cup race of the season, at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ontario on April 13th. The team worked very well together controlling the race. Kudos go out to Bob Tomsic, Ryan Hodgekinson, Lawrence Akot, Brian Kelly and Derek de Gannes for their important contributions to the results of the team. Keep up the excellent results and have a good race on Good Friday in Ancaster ON.

 FITT 1ST is proud to provide professional bike fitting services to the team in 2014

FITT 1ST becomes Sponsor and Supplier of Bike Fitting Services for Nacsworld.com NORCO Master 1 Racing Team

Meet the Nacsworld.com Norco Master 1 Racing team. FITT 1ST is pleased to announce that effective Feb 26th we will be sponsoring the team in 2014 for Professional Bike Fitting Services

2013 Team Picture
NACSWORLD.COM NORCO RACING TEAM 2013 Meet the team members

Front Row, left to right...  Kevin Davis, Brian Kelly, Steve McKee ( 2012 Master B Canadian National Road Champion, M1 O Cup Champion 2013, National Road Race Champion ( 40 - 49 ) 2013, Ontario Criterium Champion ( 40 - 49 ) 2013 ), Bob Tomsic and Lawrence Akot 

Back Row, left to right...   Jason May, Kevin Tearle ( 3rd Ontario Provincial TT Championships 2013 )  Justin Rogers ( 3rd Ontario Provincial Criterium Championships 2013 ),  Derek de Gannes ( National Road and TT Champion, Trinidad and Tobago ( 50 - 59 ) 2013 2nd National Criterium Championships, Trinidad and Tobago ( 50 - 59 ) 2013 )
Missing from picture Ryan Hodgekinson and Nick Friesen

The 2014 Team members are:

Brian Kelly
Steve McKee
Derek de Gannes
Kevin Tearle
Justin Rogers
Ryan Hodgkinson
Bob Tomsic
Lawrence Akot
Kevin Davis

                                                     Here is the 2014 TEAM KIT



FITT 1ST wishes the entire team success for 2014 and will do our best to help the team achieve their goals





Monday, January 27, 2014

FITT 1ST Custom Sizing Cycle fit

This client came in to me to have a sizing fit done for a Custom bike.  The client is 6' 6" tall with a 97 cm inseam, he has relatively long legs for his height , with a shorter femur length than average. He also has longer arms than average.

Unfortunately there are no bikes currently available on the market that would fit him so he needed to go Custom.

Here are the details of his new frame based on the results of the sizing cycle fit.

As you can see, he looks quite comfortable.



This procedure takes about 1.5 hrs to complete.

Effective Top Tube Length : 66 cm
Head Tube length : 28cm
Seat Tube Angle : 74 Degs,  This is steeper than normal to accommodate shorter femur length
Head Tube Angle :  75 Degs  Also steeper than normal to prevent bike from having too long a wheelbase  
Seat post setback :  26 mm for better comfort and compliance
Stem Length :  130 mm +/- 6 Deg for proper handling
Stack Height : 1.5 cm spacers

If you are looking for a new bike this Spring, whether it be custom or not, We can guarantee the perfect fit before you go out and spend your hard earned dollars

Call 416-346-9696 to book your sizing cycle fit today.  " Get FITT before you Commit "

Effect of Cadence on Aerobic capacity and Power output during racing conditions.

I read a very interesting article in the Journal of Sports Exercise Medicine today that I thought everyone would be interested in.

Here is the link  Effects of Cadence on Aerobic Capacity and Power during Race conditions

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Todd Reichert's Knee tracking analysis

An important part of Todd's original bike fit was a complete foot analysis, Several pertinent details were discovered about Todd's feet that would need to be corrected in order for him to transfer maximum power to the pedals in his bid to set the new HPV land speed record.

Todd had high arches that were not being supported correctly in his cycling shoes. As a result when he pushed down on the pedals he was pronating quite dramatically resulting in a lot of inward (medial) knee movement on his left leg. This was causing considerable power loss to the pedal.

On top of this Todd's feet had a tendency to spread under load taking his foot further out of the desired neutral position. Todd's foot analysis also revealed that he had varused forefeet.

The decision was made that Todd could get much better power transfer, with a lot more comfort and stability by having some custom insoles made for his shoes.

I took all the neccessary measurements and sent them off to eSoles to have a pair of Power beds custom made for Todd.

Two weeks later they were in my hands and I brought him back in to be fitted.

Here are the before and after videos of Todd's knee tracking, In the before videos, Todd's feet are unsupported. In the final videos, Todd has eSole Power beds in his shoes as well as In The Shoe (ITS) varus wedges.

These changes will go a long way in helping Todd put maximum power to the pedals in his World Record bid.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FITT 1ST joins AEROVELO team in bid to set HPV Land Speed Record

Meet Todd Reichert, he is the primary athlete and ergonomics design lead for AeroVelo, a team of Applied Science and Technology graduates and students from the University of Toronto that have grown quite a reputation for working on some pretty interesting human powered vehicles (HPV's). That's him piloting the helicopter in the video.



This past summer they succeeded in building and flying a human powered helicopter to capture the 33 year old outstanding Sikorsky prize. You may have read about them or seen them in the news. 

This coming year their target is to break the current human powered land speed record of 133.8 km/hr on a level road in a streamlined recumbent bicycle and they have asked me to help them accomplish that.

The first step was to get Todd in to the studio and get him properly fitted on his road bike which he uses for about 50% of his training. This was completed on Nov 12, 2013

Next we met at AeroVelo's Design Lab on Nov 21 to talk about the building of the recumbent test rig that they will use for building the prototype of the actual recumbent bike that will be used for the record challenge. Topics discussed included back position, BB height, Q Factor ( pedal stance width ) and crank length, just to mention a few. 

The challenge is coming up with the right combination to fit the body in to the smallest aerodynamic shell possible while generating the largest power possible.  This test rig is now in the process of being built

Stay tuned for ongoing updates, however in the meantime take a look at AeroVelo's record challenge in 2011



For more INFO visit the AeroVelo Website

After the ICE STORM of Dec 22, 2013

Not too many people have been riding outside lately with temps falling to - 25 C in Toronto with wind chills in the -35 - -40 C range.  Holidays are over and it is time to get on that dreaded trainer for the next 3 months.

None of us like the indoor trainer, but unfortunately there are very few other options if we want to keep our base fitness till the Spring

There will be a lot of muscle memory building in your legs over the next 3 months and any flaw in your pedal stroke or position will be amplified when you are on a trainer.

Be sure you are building muscle memory in the correct position by having your bike fitted now rather than in the Spring

If you are one of the really hearty types and refuse to come inside. There is always the Fat Bike !!

Happy NEW YEAR and lets make 2014 a banner cycling year

Thursday, December 5, 2013

FITT 1ST ... CANADIAN CYCLING MAGAZINE

Back in September of 2012, I was in Niagara on the Lake at the Cipollini Gran Fondo and happened to end up riding beside Matthew Pioro the Managing Editor for Canadian Cycling Magazine. We chatted as we rode together and I could not help but notice that Matthew's posture on the bike was not ideal and with a few subtle changes could improve his pedal efficiency and comfort.

So I gave him a tip and we carried on with the ride. A couple of months later Matthew contacted me to let me know how much the tip I had given him had improved the comfort and performance of his riding.

Fast forward to Sept of this year, Matthew contacted me again, to see if I would be interested in writing an article on   " Improving your pedal stroke this Winter ".

HOW COULD I SAY NO !!,

So if you would like to read that article, it is in the Dec/Jan issue of Canadian Cycling magazine that just hit the stands last week, The feature article of this issue is on David Veilleux's retirement from the pro peleton at age 25. and yes it includes the tip I gave Matthew. TIP # 1

Sorry I can not reprint the article here due to publication rights. However you can buy the digital version of the magazine online through pressdisplay.com by clicking on this link http://cyclingmagazine.ca/digital-edition/

Here is a picture of the cover


Monday, November 25, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS MIRANDA ON A GREAT SEASON IN 2013

MIRANDA 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD'S... LAS VEGAS

For a full report on Miranda's 2013 season visit this link

Miranda Tomenson FULL 2013 SEASON REVIEW

Hey Scott, 

I just wanted to e-mail you and thank you so much for your / Fitt 1st's support, and the support of Outwet, this year. You have always gone out of your way to help me. Not only by making sure that I am in the best position on the bike, but also by organizing the Outwet Performance Wear sponsorship. 

My 2013 season included a few highlights such as a recent 6th place finish at Ironman 70.3 Augusta, two 4th place finishes in other Ironman 70.3 events, 3 overall wins in local triathlon races, 1 course record in the Barrie Sprint triathlon and 23rd at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you, Scott. I hope I can count on your continued support in 2014. 

Thank you so much. Oh, and good luck at your new location!

Take care, 
Miranda   

Saturday, November 23, 2013

GLOBAL TV AND ' THE MORNING SHOW " WITH LIZA FROMER

On July 11th I had the pleasure of appearing on The Morning Show with Liza Fromer, talking a little about bike fit. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time and  would like to thank Liza, Mackay Taggart, Rylan Vroom and the rest of the Global TV crew for making me feel right at home.

Here's the link to the TV broadcast and check out how good Liza's posture is on the bike. It's perfect!! and we can all take a lesson from her.



                                    http://globalnews.ca/video/709871/knowing-your-bike

By the way, that is my Cannondale Supersix that Liza is sitting on, and it was not adjusted in any way to fit her other than dropping the saddle height.

" WOW " WHAT A BUSY AND EXITING YEAR IT HAS BEEN!!!

I have to apologise to everyone for the lack of updates since I left for the Race Across America (RAAM) in early June, but its been a heck of a busy and exciting year, I've been across the U.S from coast to coast in less than 11 days with Peter Oyler, appeared on Global Television's Morning Show with Liza Fromer, spoke at the inaugural Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine's ( CASEM ) Endurance Sports Medicine Conference, wrote my first article for Canadian Cycling Magazine, been to Italy on business, and most recently been asked to join a team from Aerovelo who will attempt to set a new World speed record for a human powered vehicle next summer

On top of all that I just recently moved my Fit Studio to a new location.

Enough about me though...   FITT 1ST athletes and clients have had a banner year and I will be updating everyone on their accomplishments. So stay tuned and check back often for lots of updates.




Monday, April 29, 2013

Please Be Advised

Just wanted to let everyone know that the fit studio will be closed from June 7th 2013 - June 25th 2013, as I will be crewing for Peter Oyler's Solo bid of the Race Across America (RAAM). Keep up to date by following our progress at  http://www.peteroylerraam.com or follow us on twitter at @PeterOyler

Great Cycling
Scott