Colby has been a Steve Hogg Certified expert bike fitter for the past 10 years and has worked with elite athletes and WorldTour teams, including EF Education First. He is also an elite cycling coach and has been passing along his wisdom to the riders he coaches for decades. Pearce’s repertoire of knowledge spans 30 years, five continents, hundreds of races, and countless miles in the saddle.
His Cycling in Alignment podcast hosts an eclectic selection of guests from inside cycling and the broader world. Colby’s show presents cycling as not just a sport but also a practice. Colby shows how athletes can better align themselves with nature and find deeper health through a broader view of themselves as athletes.
Evolution as an athlete is something that will come if you stay active for long enough. Navigating those changes can be a challenge, but athletes like Jessi Stensland seem only to improve with their years.
When you sit on a bike saddle, that's a lot of weight on a very small surface area, the weight of the torso, the way the helmet, the weight of the upper body, the arms, it's all focused into this relatively small point, and then we're going to add friction, and that's generated by the movement of the legs, where the motion of pedaling becomes focused into a very small area.
We unpack the minutiae of mountain bike fit with coach Julie Young and Travis Brown. Steeper seat tube angles on many modern mountain bikes can present challenges and sometimes make it impossible to get a rider's saddle offset far enough back behind the bottom bracket on a mountain bike to match their road position.
A good bike saddle is one you can completely forget about when riding: no chafing, scarring, or saddle sores. In order to find a saddle that works for you, Colby talks about the anatomy of the human undercarriage and how different saddle shapes can bring you ultimate comfort.