Former President George Bush and Portland-based bike fitting expert Michael Sylvester in 2008. (Photos courtesy Michael Sylvester)
On August 28th, 2008, local bicycle fitting expert Michael Sylvester got a call from Trek Bicycle Corporation president John Burke. Burke wanted to know if Sylvester was free to do a bike fit for former President of the United States George W. Bush.[Read more…]
Trek introduced Sylvester and the new “Fit System” at Trek World, their dealer-only trade show back in August.
Sylvester — a 50 year-old yoga teacher and former elite-level cyclocross racer — did private fit consultations and was the bike fit specialist for the Bike Gallery from the late 1980s until he launched his own company, Bicycle Fitting Services, in January of this year. In addition to his private practice, Sylvester conducts fit seminars for bike shop employees around the country.
Highly-regarded both by his clients and throughout the bike industry, Sylvester is also the man behind the Serotta Fit System, which he developed back in 1996. [Read more…]
[Cyclocross pioneer and bike fit specialist Michael Sylvester]
Michael Sylvester has a unique perspective on the Portland cyclocross scene. He was around at the beginning.
Sylvester, along with a small handful of intrepid cyclocross pioneers established the first race series in Portland back in 1985. Yes, that’s over two decades before the Cross Crusade came onto the scene as the world’s largest and put Portland on the map as ground zero for U.S. cyclocross.
Sylvester, a Portland native who at age 49 has never owned a car, started his athletic career as a self-described, “possessed” runner. He was a cross-country standout at Mt. Hood Community College, where he once ran the Sauvie Island Marathon in 2:32:04, more than six minutes ahead of second place and just four minutes off an Olympic-caliber pace. [Read more…]
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