Mentoring – A New Way to Learn and Develop
The aim of the IBFI mentoring programme is to help train fitters to critically evaluate both bike fit concepts and scientific literature. By ensuring fitters are comfortable with scientific terminology, other learning resources like medical/physiotherapy text books and research publications become more accessible.
Learning to critically evaluate scientific research will allow fitters to better identify which studies they should use to inform their fit decisions, and which studies have limitations that may bias the results or render them useless in a practical setting.
By applying these skills to a single topic, mentees will delve into a level of detail they probably won’t have experienced during their bike fit education. The skills learnt, and the methods used, can then be applied to other topics in their future careers, to help further their knowledge and reasoning.
Using a common language makes it easier to consult with medical professionals.
Become better able to separate good ideas and research from bad.
Applying these skills will allow fitters to continue evaluating new information throughout their careers.
MENTORING ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
At the end of the 12-month mentoring period, a written assessment will need to be submitted for marking. The assessment will take the form of a 1500-2000 word essay covering a topic of your choice.
Example topics include cleat position, saddle height, cadence and crank length. The mentee will be required to critically evaluate both existing bike fit theory on the topic and academic research in the area, leading to an outline of which method(s) the mentee considers to be best.
The assessment is designed to teach fitters to seek information independently, giving them skills which can then be applied to other aspects of their future learning. It is designed to motivate mentees to improve their weaknesses, rather than focus on their strengths and it will help improve written presentation skills.
WHO IS MENTORING FOR?
The mentoring programme is designed to help early-career fitters develop and progress. Fitting can be an isolating business — often fit studios and shops will only have one fitter — so having access to a mentor means fitters can ask the kind of questions no-one else in their organisation can answer.
Level 1 fitters
Deciding on the kind of fitter you’d like to be can be tough. Having a mentor to help guide you through those decisions can be invaluable.
Level 2 fitters
Many level 2 fitters have been fitting for a few years and established themselves within their local area. Having a mentor will help push them on to the next level and continue their professional development.
WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
IBFI mentors are some of the best bike fitters in the world. They’ve taught courses, developed bike fit technology and protocols, and worked with some of the best professional cyclists and triathletes. Having free access to fitters of this level has never been available before.
Level 4 fitters
Fitters who have achieved the highest level of IBFI certification, demonstrating both skills and experience equal to the best in the business.
Experienced bike fit educators
Fitters who have already trained and mentored new- or early-career fitters for decades, helping them develop and grow their careers.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MENTORING?
Mentoring is a great way to help you reflect on your career and identify the best areas to develop. And the best thing about all these benefits is they’re included for free in your IBFI membership.