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The Importance of a Bike Fit

cyclist rides stationary trainer

Originally posted Aug 1st, 2018 / Gear Tips
Courtesy of Team Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 

Team Holowesko/Citadel racer, TJ Eisenhart putting in the miles on the Omnium Over-Drive.


The average pro bike racer is in the saddle around 30 hours for a hard training week, about half that for an “easy week.” The Tour de France covers around 3500 km (2200 mi). If we’re talking about mere mortals: logging 10 to 15 hours a week in your cycling training plan would get you the respectable head-nod within your local racing scene.  Seven to 10 hours/week would keep you fit as a fiddle. But whether your weekly rides total three hours or 30, if your bike doesn’t fit you properly, you could be in for a world of pain.

A poor fit might start with something fairly innocuous like saddle sores, mild discomfort, or a weak pedal stroke, but it can quickly progress to knee and back injuries or worst of all … slower speeds and reduced power!  In short: there’s a long, negative list of very bad things that can easily be avoided with the right fit and accessories.

If you google “How to fit yourself on a bike,” you’ll get plenty of advice. Pages and pages of advice via step-by-step tutorials, videos, etc. But we suggest consulting a professional for several very basic, yet key reasons:


One person’s femur length, hip flexion, arm-reach, core muscles, pelvis width, etc. is quite different than another’s. When things are out of whack (which can be hard to diagnose just by just looking down at your bike/body) your body will attempt to compensate and that’s when folks get injured.


Comfort leads to enjoyment, which leads to more riding, which leads to puppies and butterflies (or puppies and cyclocross) and World peace.


That’s right. If you’re not riding with an optimal fit, you’re likely sacrificing speed and power. Why would anyone ever want to do that?


A good fit might mean swapping out certain things like handlebars, saddle, stem, pedals, shoes, etc. This is referred to as “bike personalization” in Fit-Land. If you’ve been a cyclist for a while, you might have an arsenal of spare parts and accessories in your garage. But if not, not to worry! A professional bike fitter can make suggestions, swap out accessories, and make these adjustments for you, right at the shop or their studio so you can “try before you buy.”

There are many types of professional bike-fit methods out there. Some shops and studios may have elaborate in-house bike-fit systems, and others just use a traditional trainer in a quiet corner or a side-room of the shop. One trend we’re noticing is that the Feedback Sports Omnium Over-Drive Trainer is becoming a staple of professional fitters all around the world. Fitters have come to the conclusion that the same features of the Omnium that appeal to pro and amatuer cyclists make it the perfect bike-fit tool as well.

  • Simple fork-mount design: This allows for quick and easy set-up. Ask any racer (or rather a pro-racer’s mechanic) and they’ll tell you just how fast and easy they are. No fiddling with your rear cassette, no need for a trainer-wheel vs. a racing or riding wheel, no derailleur adjustments, etc.

  • Compatibility: The Omnium Over-Drive accommodates Road, MTB, CX, TT, BMX and even Folding Bikes as it accepts QR, 12×100, 15×100, 15×110 (Boost) Thru axles.*

  • Lightweight and portable: At under 14 pounds, the Omnium Over-Drive folds up easily and comes with its own tote-bag. If you’re an athlete, this means hassle-free travel to the races. But its compact nature also makes it perfect for small spaces at home. These same features allow a shop or studio to maximize precious space, and even allow the fitter to take it with them if they wish to fit a client in the comfort of their own home or on the road.

  • Internal Progressive Resistance: Just because it’s small and compact doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a powerful punch. The Omnium Over-Drive’s magnetic resistance is hiding in its two round, aluminum drums. The faster you pedal, the more resistance you’ll feel. But instead of the loud sounds of a wind or fluid trainer, it’s quiet. For athletes, you can hit this trainer with your hardest workouts. If you’re at the races, it’s perfect for warming up or spinning for a cool-down. A fitter will appreciate being able to talk to their client rather than having to yell over the trainer, and she or he will be able to watch your pedal stroke on the spectrum of an easy, relaxed pace, as well as standing up and hammering.


“As a professional bike fitter, The Omnium Over-Drive Trainer has been the most versatile and adaptable trainer on the market. With the advancement of through axles, having the ability to use one trainer with different spacing options for all wheel sizes and axle widths has freed me up to focus on fitting. It is an indispensable tool of the trade.”

-George Mullen, Professional Bike Fitter, Peak Cycles, Golden, CO

“Traveling with a team’s worth of equipment is always a challenge. Trying to figure out how to get trainers anywhere used to be one of my least favorite tasks. The Omnium has really been a game changer for us. Light enough to fly with, quiet enough to use in a hotel room, and compact enough to pack out of the way until they are needed. Plus with the massive range of compatibility, you can always lend one out if another team is in need.”

-Doug Sumi, Chief Mechanic, Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources

Chances are you’ll see more of the Omnium Over-Drive in the near future. Look for it in the overhead of an airplane, on the balcony of a hotel, at pro or local races, and of course…at your local bike shop in the hands of a professional bike fitter. For more information about the Omnium Over-Drive, please click here!

*Additional adapters for Lefties and QRx74mm can be purchased separately if needed. 

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Inside the Mind of a Bike Geek at the Colorado Classic

Colorado Classic Bike Race from a Feedback Sports bike racer.

Here in Colorado we have a rich history of professional bike racing. Our altitude and challenging hills (mountains, really) have been luring cyclists for years.  Those seeking pain and glory got plenty of both at the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic (1975-79). This morphed into the Coors Classic (1980-1988). If you were living in Colorado during that time, it was an annual party (picture that scene in American Flyers–it was filmed in 1984, just weeks after the Coors Classic finished, on parts of the same race course).

But then the racing stopped. Colorado fell into a pro-racing withdrawal for years. Like the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” all the pro racing villagers seemed to fall asleep. Thorns and bushes grew over our hills until our cities (and eventually our state) practically forgot pro bike racing ever existed here. Okay, okay, this is an exaggeration.  The local bike racing scene and the cycling lifestyle boomed in Colorado with during this gap. And our roads are mostly thorn-free except for that one section of HWY 93 that’s full of glass. 

Regardless, the USA Pro Challenge came along in 2011, slashing through the thorny vines and waking everyone up!  We had 4 glorious summers of tour busses filled with very skinny/fast people and hordes of bikes streaming through our cities. Bells were rung, flowers bloomed, mountains called, the crowds came out. But apparently someone pricked his or her finger on a spinning wheel and put us all to sleep again at the end of 2015. We’re guessing it was that shirtless bozo drunkenly running (er…trotting) up Lookout Mountain.  The race would not return in 2016. More darkness. More sadness. Much snoring.

Snoring…until this SUMMER — the summer of the inaugural Colorado Classic Bike Race!! And yippee!! Pro bike racing is BACK to Colorado!

Read on for a recap of the Colorado Classic through the eyes of one of our local Feedback Sports racers, Dan Wyszynski. Dan fits in well with our team as he’s a self-proclaimed bike geek. We ran into him at the final stage (in downtown Denver). As Dan started showing us his pictures and video from the previous stages we knew his story would make a fun post.  We hope you enjoy taking a tour…inside the mind of a bike geek at the Colorado Classic.


In May of 2000, I decided to leave the suburbs of Chicago and my family to ride and race my bikes in the mountains.  And 17 years later, I am still in Colorado.  Riding and racing bikes.  I participate mostly in mountain bikes and cyclocross for Feedback Sports Race Team as a category 2 in both disciplines.

A slightly muddy Dan (far left).

These experiences fed into my bike geekiness.  Imagine going to a stage race with the top pros in the world, as a spectator.  Yes, I am one of those crazed fans who runs alongside the top racers on the planet.  It started with the Tour of California several years ago, US Pro Cycling Challenge-Colorado, Leadville 100 mtb, various MTB and CX UCI level events, and this year’s inaugural Colorado Cycling Classic.

Stages 2 & 4

I drove up to Breckenridge Thursday night, and slept in the woods to catch Stage 2 in and around the town. At the beginning, I stood at the start line for the call-ups.  2017 Tour de France 2nd place overall rider Rigoberto Uran was within an arm’s reach.  Local Pro Tour guys, Alex Howes, Taylor Phinney, Danny Pate, and Gregory Daniel were all on the front line.

I stayed there for a couple laps, then I decided to make my way to the wicked climb/KOM at Moonstone Road (a 8.3%-10.8% grade).  Being at this point in the course was a dream come true.  Picture hundreds of people, in costumes, (some barely clothed), bubble machines, and a party bus equipped with a second story dance floor along with a DJ scratching records.  And then add LOTS OF BEER!!!!!

I also went to the final stage 4 in and around the city of Denver.  HOT HOT HOT!  It was a relief when the storm clouds rolled in.  Just as the riders crossed the line, rain, lightning and the winds came. This just added to an epic finish in the middle of the city.

Best Interactions w/the Racers

I had a great time yelling, screaming, and heckling Alex Howes and Gregory Daniel to keep on drilling it.  Both of whom had big smiles every time they passed me (maybe it was a grimace, who knows!).

But the best and most amazing performance was TJ Eisenhart of the Holowesko/Citadel Team.  From the start of the race he takes a flyer off the front.  He held the lead for 60+ miles-SOLO.  However, with a couple miles-final lap to go he was caught by Alex Howes and Peter Stetina and Alex won the stage with a wicked sprint finish.

Dan and TJ.

Craziest Thing Seen

It is nearly impossible to pick one thing.  Moonstone Rd was the perfect spot for all of the craziness.  My top two are:  The guy with a monkey hand puppet, head banging and dancing to Metallica’s Seek and Destroy.  And second would be the guy who wheelied up the steepest part of the KOM climb-about 50-60 yards (Peter Sagan style).


The younger generation of riders is the hope for the sport.  Some of them are under 20 years of age.  Lots of them are 20-23 years old.  Also, the Colorado Classic is the first of its kind where the race as a whole is different.  More of a festival type of atmosphere.  One example was the concerts, food trucks, and vendors in the expo area of the final stage.

The course profiles are also different.  Total mileage per stage is much less than what it was before.  Short distances, hilly parts and super-fast speeds.  This new aspect of the sport was clearly obvious and super exciting for Stage 2 in Breckenridge.  You could feel the energy of the fans, the racers and the announcers; all of whom gave this race five stars all the way around.

*Only time will tell if Colorado’s pro cycling racing kingdom will stay awake and alert for the coming years. But for now, we’ll take the five stars…and the two T-Rex.