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Fitter’s Corner; bike fit and your bike shop

Fitter’s Corner; bike fit and your bike shop

In the first of a series with professional bike fitters we chat with Jon Wild, learn why discipline and perseverance are key to drawing bike…

Monday, Jun 06

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In the first of a series with professional bike fitters we chat with Jon Wild, learn why discipline and perseverance are key to drawing bike fit customers from far and wide…

How did you get started as a bike fitter? I’ve been obsessed with cycling for a long time, and my original career plan was to train as a mechanical engineer. I think at some point the plan was to become a bicycle designer, but I’ve still never seen that job title advertised.

I got into one of the top universities for engineering in the UK and began a degree in mechanical engineering. I soon started to realise that mechanical engineering is basically a degree in applied mathematics. It was so far removed from how humans ride bikes that I couldn’t see a future in it for me. The idea of dropping out of such a good university was tough but I knew I had to leave.

I searched around for sports engineering degrees, but nothing really appealed. Then I found Sport and Exercise Science and couldn’t believe it. It was perfect. My assignments were on topics like “knee injuries in cycling”, my work experience was at a world leading biomechanics facility and my dissertation was on oval chainrings. I collated thousands of cycling related research articles and left university with a belief that I of course knew everything.

As I was finishing up my final year I got a part time job at a local bike shop and offered to design […]

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