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by Starla Teddergreen on November 16, 2012
I’m a professional cyclist with Vanderkitten-Focus women’s team, and have raced in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. for almost a decade. I also mentor the Early Bird Women’s Developmental team. I have spent a lot of time on a bike, as a racer, commuter, messenger, and world traveler. I know the importance of a good bike fit and even better yet, how awesome a custom bike, built just for me, can be.
I’ve worked in the cycling industry for over a decade, and I focus on women’s specific fits and helping ladies get awesome on their bikes. That said, about half my clients are men, and my ultimate goal is to provide a comfortable environment with excellent results.
I got into bike fitting, and women specific fitting, for a few different reasons.
Over the years I have had several bike fits, all of them preformed by men. The experience was good, and the fit results were stellar, but as a woman being fit, I soon learned the experience could be even better.
I was getting a custom bike built for me - a beautiful steel frame for commuting and bike touring. The framebuilder (a woman) had a local woman here in the bay area performing the fits for her. The over all procedure was similar to the other fits I have had, but the conversation was completely different. That’s just it: the fit was a conversation, where the woman fitting me explained every aspect of what she was doing. I asked questions, she asked questions, and we gave each other feedback until I was 100% comfortable and confident that I would be getting a custom bike perfectly fit for me.
After this experience I knew I wanted to be able to offer the same experience to other women. I soon went to Boulder, Colorado to become certified as a Retül bike fitter. Upon my return, I found a perfect partnership with Studio Velo, one of the only bike shops that I know of that has a dedicated Women’s Studio, and goes out of their way to make women feel comfortable, in what can be an intimidating environment.
So why get a fit? If you have ever experienced back pain, neck or shoulder pain, numbness, knee pain, or an over all discomfort or lack of power on the bike, you would be a perfect candidate for a bike fit. If you just got a stock bike from your local bike shop that did not come with a fit, or purchased one second hand, you probably need a bike fit. As a woman most stock bikes come with bars that are too wide, or stems too long, forcing you to strain to reach the brakes, therefore compromising the handling and over all ride, quality, and comfort of the bike.
Even if you only ride once a week, a properly fitting bike can prevent injury. You may enjoy it so much you'll want to start riding more…
I have first hand experience with all types of bikes and disciplines, can relate to your discomforts on the bike, and am not afraid to talk about it with you. I can make recommendations on equipment and clothing from first hand experience, and will make sure you have an awesome fit and experience getting there.
Studio Velo has an equal selection of the best women's apparel available anywhere. We have an awesome saddle program that lets you try out several different saddles until you find the perfect one for you. Lastly (and importantly!), we have some of the best mechanics in the industry to dial your bike in.
When you're ready to get started, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org