Bike Fitting

Presented by Happy Freedman - Bike Fitting Specialist, HSS Department of Rehabilitation, Prosthetics & Orthotics

Happy Freedman is passionate about bicycling and creating a synergy between the cycling and medical communities, advancing the science and art of bike fit, to help riders of all abilities to achieve their performance goals. He has been instrumental in developing the first multi-disciplinary hospital-based state-of-the-art Bike Fit program of its kind, here at HSS, where he has worked in a range of capacities for over ten years. He works in close cooperation with physical therapists and investigators in the motion lab, and the new bike fit program will advance performance, clinical bike fit evaluations, and research.

Happy has presented on bike fit at the International Cycle Fit Symposium in London and numerous events throughout the US. He is a founding faculty member of the Medicine of Cycling Conference held annually at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs, where he presents both on Bike Fit as well as on Medical Emergencies in Cycling. He is on the advisory committee of IBFI, the International Bike Fit Institute, and formerly faculty at the Bike Fit school, established by Ben Serotta. He is an experienced cycling coach, including over ten years for the Columbia University D1 Cycling Team, as well as having been a certified coach and official for the United States Cycling Federation.

Happy focuses on fitting the cyclist, not the bike, to address the individual needs of the rider, and collaborates with staff in Performance Services to develop an evidence-based protocol for bike fitting.

Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, 1:30 p.m


Cyclist’s Journey: Four Stories on How They Got from There to Here  

Presented by Janney Montgomery Scott and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP).

Cycling at any life stage can have a great impact on personal goals and development or even impact one’s career path and professional success. Join this session on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00pm to hear four stories from local cyclists about their experience and how their choice to ride has impacted their personal or professional journey. This dynamic panel will bring women leaders from different sectors and backgrounds together to share their love of cycling and to inspire others. Our panel will be moderated by Ronnie Polaneczky, Metro columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Join us to hear from:

Karen Bliss, Chief Marketing Officer for Advanced Sports Enterprises

•Tamia Santiago, a rising freshman at Drexel, and exceptional bicycle racer

Kiera Smalls, Marketing Manager, Chair of Leadership Team of Diversity & Inclusion, Bicycle Transit Systems

Michelle Lee, Product Lead, Protocol Labs and co-director of the Women Bike PHL DEVO Team

Since 1972, BCGP has partnered with community, governmental, public and private actors in order to effect change that makes our streets safer for everyone. In 2017, BCGP began a partnership with Janney Montgomery Scott, a Philadelphia-based financial planning firm, to promote financial literacy and investment education to the members of the Women Bike PHL community through monthly coffee clubs, educational events and discussions. They proudly partner to deliver this inspirational panel of leading women cyclists.

Saturday, November 4th, 12:00PM

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Future Circuit Connections: How the Circuit's Schuylkill River Trail and Chester Valley Trail will be extended and connected in Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties

Presented by Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP)

Since the 1970s, the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) has been growing section by section under the auspices of several counties and non-profit entities. This panel will provide updates on several key sections of the SRT in Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Chester Counties that are under various stages of planning, design and construction. Additionally, the extension of the Chester Valley Trail from King of Prussia Road to the SRT in Norristown will also be covered. Moderated by Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Chair of the Circuit Coalition.

Joseph Syrnick - Schuylkill River Development Corporation

Henry Stroud - Montgomery County Planning Commission

Dave Stauffer - Chester County Department of Facilities & Parks

Through advocacy and education, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia leads the movement to make bicycling a safe and fun way to get around for anyone in Greater Philadelphia.

Saturday, November 4th, 3:00PM

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The invention of the Bicycle: Closing in!

Presented by David Herlihy, author of “The Lost Cyclist”

Bicycle historians have long been puzzled by an early (1869) report by the British author Joseph Bottomley Firth concerning the origins of the bicycle. In 1863, he affirmed, a pioneer cyclist circled Paris’s Place de la Concorde, while a skilled roller skater, in turn, made circles around him. Although this credible affirmation contradicts what would become the official account, crediting Ernest and Pierre Michaux with the bicycle invention in 1861, it is entirely consistent with the testimony of the patentee Pierre Lallement (he gave 1863 as the year he built his first bicycle prototype in Paris, and he maintained that he took it on the boulevards where “all the people saw it.”) I will present fresh and compelling evidence that this curious “dance” between the cyclist and the skater did indeed take place in the Place de la Concorde during the year 1863. I will identify who the skater was, and argue that Lallement was, in all probability, the cyclist. I will then present the outlines of an entirely revamped history of the invention.

Sunday, November 5th, 1:30 p.m

Two disciplines. Two wheels. The University of Iowa Handmade Bicycle Curriculum

Presented by Steve McGuire, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program, comprised equally of art and engineering majors, emanates from the pedagogical belief that purposeful exploration is the best tool for teaching and learning skills, concepts and tools–in this instance building a bicycle frame. In this seminar a attendees will receive the course syllabi from Iowa, the various models of the curriculum, and an overview of both the cost of establishing and maintaining the curriculum, will be presented and discussed. If you are interested in establishing a handmade bicycle curriculum this seminar will provide examples and direction for you to consider.

Saturday, November 4th, 1:30PM