It felt more like the way to a smokey backroom poker game than a laser adjusted bike fitting, but… we are in Hong Kong. It never ceases to amaze me what can be found down alleys, behind fake bag stalls and …. well behind a sliding door, through an empty bar at the back of a pool hall on the 3rd floor of a building in Hong Hom. More pics to come (check our photos page)!
Professional bike fitting is seeing a huge surge in Hong Kong and it was after a few email exchanges that I found myself with an appointment at Life Cycles, meeting with Winston from Friday Bike Fit.
Having worked in Canada at several highly regarded Cycling institutions like Silent Sports in Ontario, Winston found his passion in fitting. That passion has taken him to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing and Colorado. He has spent time with Specialized, Slowtwitch F.I.S.T., SICI (Serotta) and more recently with Retul.
His space in Hong Kong is shared with beautiful custom work from Mosaic, Passioni, Independent Fabrications and more. Condor’s can be found here, as can classic old Pinarello shoes and yellowed books on the Maglia Rosa - all along side laser guided fitting equipment, pressure sensors…and statues of Buddha. Art seems to have met science with a hint of nostalgia.
Winston clearly loves his work;
"I still firmly believe that to be successful and happy in the cycling industry, having passion is paramount. Becoming a bike fitter stems from my passion for cycling. During grade school, while my friends were taking the bus I was chasing them on my bike. The quest for speed grew into competitive cycling which includes racing mountain bikes at a high level, along with other disciplines such as road, cyclocross and the occasional dabs at short distance triathlon.
During off works hours I also helped out at local bike shop and started learning the ins and outs of bicycle retail and customer service. Realizing many customers and riders were misinformed or unaware of how a bike should fit or even how to ride a bike properly. Certainly seeing a need to help these riders, I started my quest of knowledge and dove straight into bike fitting. Spent a long time learning from the best fit schools in the world and working with the top fitters, top teams, and learning how the body functions and eventually gaining the status of bike fit instructor. Currently seeing the need to educate the market about bike fitting in Asia, I teach and consult to many bicycle retailers and consult to bike manufactures while maintaining my private bike fitting practice."
Always happy for a chat. Drop Winston, and Friday Bike fit a line! http://www.fridaybikefit.com