Brice Erickson's Fit training , Seminars and Certifications
1993. I started formal bicycle fit training, trained with Michael Sylvester, was one of three people in the first formal 2 day Fitting class he taught (1993), I worked and trained with him over a 4 year period while working at Bike Gallery in Portland OR .
First Fit, Opening day of B&L Bicycles February 1st 1996
1996. Leanne and I started B&L Bicycles with Bike Fitting as one of the core principles and services we offered, fun fact the very first transaction on the day we opened involved bike fitting!
Michael Sylvester, Brice Erickson, Ben Serotta, January 2001
2001. Attended Serotta Professional Bike Fit seminar, the Serotta seminar was one of the first fitting classes to teach the use of evidence based bike fit, using anatomy, range of motion, body function testing, so that the bicycle was fit to the body according to medical science, the original Serotta fit program was developed by Michael Sylvester. Seminar was 3 days in Saratoga springs, NY, instructors where Michael Sylvester , Ben Serotta , Clay Mankin , (I also met Paraic McGylnn at that class)
Hosted an on-site 2 day fitting class 2002 in Pullman for the B&L staff, Michael Sylvester was the instructor. Sean Ellis attended that class.
Jay Dicharry , Sean Ellis , Michael Sylvester, Trek Fit Services Level 2 Seminar 2009
2009. Sean and I attended Trek Fit Services level 2 seminar, this was a 3 day seminar focused on aero/time trial fitting, lower body anatomy, advanced function testing and kinetic movement, held in Portland OR, the instructors/ Presenters where Michael Sylvester, Mark Timmerman MD, Warren Mays CPO, Jay Dicharry PT SCS.
2009. Grant Morton and Bruce Hoff also attended Trek Fit Services Level 1 Seminar , giving us 4 certified fitters on staff!
Ian Stewart (Australian Fitter), Sean Ellis, Grant Morton at Precision Fit Level 2, February 2015
2015. Sean, Grant and I attended Precision Fit level 2, this class focused on advanced body function testing, anatomy and using the newly released Saddle Pressure Analysis Technology, a big data point in advanced fitting, held at Cyclologic Scottsdale AZ, Instructors where Paraic McGylnn, Wolfgang Oswald PT OCS, Matt Gehling
Paraic McGylnn teaching Insole Pressure Analysis 2017
2017. I attended Precision Fit Level 3, this seminar focused on foot and leg anatomy, use of newly released Insole Pressure Analysis Technology, Force Analysis and advanced saddle pressure mapping. at Cyclologic Scottsdale AZ, Instructors where Paraic McGylnn & Matt Gehling.
2018. Received my International Certification as a level 3 Bicycle Fitter by International Bike Fitting Institute.
Jim Martin, I use Jim's research on crank length, power output and aerodynamics in many of our fits. ISCO 2018
2018. Attended the International Symposium of Cycling Optimization (ISCO)November 2018, in Munster Germany.
This event happens only once every 3 years and was hosted by gebioMized, attended by approximately 140 fitters and presenters worldwide, much of the leading edge fit research is presented at this symposium, it was great event, I got opportunity to get acquainted other fitters I hadn't met before along with seeing familiar faces from previous seminars.
Trackside at OmniSport Velodrome Apeldoorn, measuring CdA (aerodynamic drag) in real time. 2018
2018. Attended an additional Aerodynamic session in Apeldoorn Netherlands following ISCO, here we got to work with two high level triathletes measuring their CdA (aerodynamic drag) numbers in real time, making fit changes and seeing the effects in a velodrome environment, the advanced equipment and software used is very unique (Garmin bought the company) and I believe it will broadly change the way the cyclists think about aerodynamics at some point in the future, it was a special privilege be able to attend as the seminar was sponsored by Garmin and limited to 30 Fitters worldwide.
Michael Sylvester & Brice Erickson at B&L 2016
Additional ongoing education , meeting with my friend & Fit mentor Michael Sylvester 2-4 times a year for general fitting information exchanges, I stay in regular contact with fit instructors Matt Gehling and Paraic McGlynn for information exchanges and regularly attend online webinars.
I have spent quite a bit of time in the last 25 years doing self-directed study in body movement, anatomy, yoga , strength/rehabilitation training often related to fitting .
I teach a basics of bicycle fitting class for new store staff and often do fit and cycling contact point presentations locally
Practical fit experience.
I have done over 7500 fittings over the since 1993, working with all different levels of riders from casual riders to regional pros , from children to people in their 80's, my fit clientele is a little different than most, as I am in a rural region and my fit area is highly visible to the general public and often people who have issues but are not aware of what can be done in bike fit, are exposed to the high level fitting and the advanced technology we incorporate into the process, this draws in riders who often are not seen in the fit studios in large metro areas, these riders can often bring unique fit challenges and injures not seen in the pro level riders, hence things like unusually large saddle selection we have is a result of a very wide range fit levels and needs I see regularly.