John has successfully fitted over 2,000 people to their bikes. Here are a few of his happy customers.
When I began seriously cycling 10 years ago, I just assumed that we weren’t really ever supposed to be comfortable on a bike for very long. Naturally, as my riding skill progressed, so did my saddle time. And so did the discomforts that come with long miles: saddle sores, an achy back, numbness in the hands and tired shoulders. I just learned to put up with it and accept the (false) ‘fact’ that we just hurt hen we get done with a long ride. I had so much to learn!
In 2015, I bought a used bike from a 6′ tall racing friend who had the body of a linebacker. I tried everything to make my body fit his bike with wide handlebars, a slammed top tube, a 172.5 crank and 54 (yes, 54!) chainring in the front. I bought the bike because I loved the custom paint job – not the best thing to consider when making a multi-thousand dollar purchase.
Fast forward to the end of 2020: enter Moxie Rose on the scene. By now I knew much more about body geometry, sizes of components and the importance of a professional bike fit. Some friends and I were hanging out at Adrenaline Bike Works, Mount Dora, after a ride as John Hollingsworth was doing a bike fit on a customer. I had heard of John, but we had never met. As if a fly on the wall, I listened to how he talked with the client, how he meticulously took measurements and listened to her explain her aches and pains on the bike. Every so often I would tune back into what my friends were saying, but I was quite distracted because John just made such sense. I hoped they hadn’t noticed!
Once he was finished, I introduced myself and we chatted a few minutes. He gave me the price for a fit and I went home and made a “bike fit” envelope and started putting greenbacks into it. When I had saved enough, one phone call to John was all it took to get the ball rolling… and me on the way to comfortable riding as I knew Moxie and I have quite a future together.
The actual bike fit took a bit over two hours. He asked lots of questions, had me fill out a medical background complete with surgeries, injuries, etc. and asked more questions. Having gathered sufficient information we moved to a table where I had to perform basic stretches for him to take measurements of hip angles, shoulder flexibility, hamstring strength / flexibility and everything else I could imagine. I did bilateral 1-legged squats as he analyzed my ankle, knee, hip alignment. He did so with such a sharp eye, as he knows the human body very well. I felt as if I were with a Physical Therapist as I watched him work on the perfect fit of this new machine to how my body works.
This is what John discovered:
First of all, the saddle I was on was 10mm too narrow and entirely too long for my body. What a difference the right saddle makes!
My left femur is 4mm shorter than the right, which caused my hips to turn slightly to the left in the saddle. No wonder when I got saddle sores they were always on the right side. He actually raised the saddle a bit, which I found surprising. He explained they “why” behind the “what” and it made perfect sense to me.
My right foot slightly pronates, making the right knee collapse slightly into the midline. It wasn’t unusual for my right knee to rub the top tube when I was tired. Now I understood why.
Now that I had crank arms the correct size for my short legs (160mm), John correctly sized the top tube height, length of stem (from an 85mm down to a 70mm). This keeps the pedals directly underneath the weight of my body so that the power isn’t lost by my leaning forward too much or down too far.
Since my feet had a slight pronation(rolling inward) he set me up on some shims for the shoes. I was quite surprised how much more stability the shoes offered despite being carbon already. What a difference this slight variant made!
The angle of the stem was a bit low so John inverted it, which helped with comfort as well. This back of mine has seen many injuries and needs all the help it can get.
If you are contemplating a bike fit, I suggest that you do so sooner rather than later. John is only going to get busier as time goes on. He is professional, extremely knowledgeable and kind. His bedside manner is gentle and unpretentious. We discussed saddle fit comfortably, which is a pretty sensitive subject to discuss with a male.
In his own words:
“My first visit to Specialized Bicycle Component University (SBCU) was in 2009, I am a Certified Body Geometry Fit bike fitter, A Retul Fit Technician, Assistant fit Professor Twice at SBCU teaching Retul fit to new students and a Ace certified personal trainer since 2017.
I enjoy being able to help riders understand their how their bodies function on a bike and correct the bike build to get them pain-free and performing at their best. I believe that my approach is more medical-based than some fit systems, understanding the riders goals, injuries, and range of motion lets me build an accurate bike position that the rider’s body is asking for.“
Give him a call today. Your body will thank you.
Oh, did I mention he comes to you? That sweetens the deal. Give him a call today: 321-945-1346
"I did a short ride yesterday and then a longer ride (30mi) today. Honestly it feels like a night and day difference from before. My shoulders and neck are so much more relaxed and comfortable. I can tell I'm generating a lot more power as well with an average speed up by 2+mph from my previous ride at that distance. At the end of the ride this morning, instead of feeling like I was ready to come off I think I could have gone for significantly longer. Overall, it's been absolutely awesome! Thank you so much for all your help! All the changes are a world of difference. Jordan
"John, let me start by saying that the results of the fitting you did for me last November are nothing less than AMAZING! If you recall, my chief complaint was chronic knee pain. Well, I've done 450 miles since the fitting, and my knees not only got better on the bike, they got better in general (so, getting in and out of the car, climbing stairs, etc). Thanks very much." Alan
"John is absolutely amazing. I was experiencing extreme pain when riding for any distance further than 10 miles. I thought for sure that I would not be able to continue the activity I enjoy so very much. Within an hour and a half, John measured my bike, measured me and made some fine tuned adjustments that have allowed me to ride pain free. Ready to go the distance now! I can't thank John enough! If you have ANY discomfort at all when you ride, you owe it to yourself to go see this man. Worth every penny!" Deborah Moskowitz "John Hollingsworth is one of the best fitters in the industry!" Walter Diolosa
"John is a great fitter." Linda Street McClellan
"About a year ago I went to John Hollingsworth for a bike fit. I have always been an advocate for a proper bike fit, and had numerous bike fits over the past 10 years. Comfort and efficiency were my goals. I had experienced numb hands, extremely sore knees, hot spots on my feet and persistent pressure and soreness in the perineum area. Then along came John Hollingsworth with his wonderful bike fit skills. He was heaven sent. The process was personable, professional and informative. He used the Body Geometry and Retul Systems along with his expertise in yoga and exercise physiology. He took into consideration my geometry, arch, flexibility and ride style. I have never felt better on the bike. No pains at all. He fit my road bike about a year ago. I just purchased a triathlete bike which he will soon fit. He has the skills, motivation, patience and attention to minute detail which makes the bike fit superb. I has bike fit my son and friends. They shout his praises as well. He is a super hero, and I recommend him without any reservations." Omar
"Well I just spent about an hour and a half with John Hollingsworth. He is a fantastic fitter… He really pays attention to what you're asking for. I've been wanting to get my bike professionally refit to this old aging body for a couple years.😜 We got a completely different seat and a new set of handlebars and tons of changes in the dimensions. Since my bike is an older model, we need to order a couple things to make it the best fit. Highly recommend doing this if you have any discomfort on your bike. I feel like I'm going to be much more efficient and comfortable. Unfortunately I won't be able to pick up the bike until Wednesday, so I'll be on my hybrid this week😨 -- thank you John!" Patti MaGuire
"John is the best at what he does. He did the fitting on all three of my bikes, and it was money and time well spent." Andrew Ward