Neill is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist from Melbourne who runs a successful clinic there. I first became aware of Neill several years ago after hearing favourable reports of his services through the grapevine. Neill had contracted the cycling bug some years before but quickly developed chronic pain while riding. Several mainstream bike fittings in Melbourne had no positive impact on these issues, and as a gent with an in depth knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics, Neill was appalled at the lack of insight shown by the fitters he had chosen. If the angles were ‘right’ the fitters were happy and felt their job was done. The problem being that Neill still sat on the bike askew and was in pain and no one could explain to him why.
So Neill’s self help bike fitting project began. The search for information him to this site and we began to correspond and later meet. Some of the info he found on this site prompted the direction of his thinking and with a lot of hard work of his own, he resolved his own functional and fit related issues. The entire process inspired him to the point where he decided that bike fitting needed to be a large part of his professional future. He saw a need for an effective rather than formula bike fitting service in Melbourne and he has been fitting clients in his clinic for several years. Neill and I have kept corresponding regularly and have met several times and compared notes. I’ve found him to be smart, particular, and above all, enthralled with the variety and challenge of serious bike fitting.
His ongoing search led to him training here for 3 weeks recently. Neill quickly picked up the patented and other IP that corrects key postural distortions and ensures the best unconscious flow of neural information around the body while applying force to the pedals. Once we’d assessed a fit client we’d compare notes and found, as I have with everyone that has trained here, that we were observing the same issues and thinking along the same solution paths. I expect great things from Neill. As a physio with previous additional training in biomechanics, he is an outstanding bike fitter and returns to Melbourne with a number of new ‘tools’ to use.
He has a few other qualities worthy of note as well. He not only drinks quality beer, but also brews a decent drop himself. Neill currently races the VRS road series and I’m encouraging him to get into mtb’s as well.
Part of Neill’s quest to resolve his own issues led to him developing a special interest in the hip function of cyclists. Part 1 of Neill’s 3 part series “The Cyclist’s Tricky Hip” can be found here.
For more about Neill and how to contact him, click here.
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