John Weirath, PT
I’ve been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1997 and I started doing bike fits a couple years after that. When I started, there was no “industry” behind fitting — we had to convince the world that bike fitting was necessary one client at a time by doing good work and improving rider’s experience. A lot has changed, and luckily more cycling consumers are on board.
One thing hasn’t changed however — the more you know, the better your bike fits become.
That’s why I started this company, to provide a resource for bike fitters to learn and gain confidence in taking on more complex biomechanical assessments. There is too little exposure to the messy and complex even in the advanced classes of the bike fit schools, and whether we like it or not most of our client’s will be just that.
I’m a native of Chicago, so I consider anyone who puts ketchup on a hot dog to be somewhere on the continuum between Wrong and Not Right in the Head.
I attended Miami University (OH) and the the Chicago Medical School (now The Rosalind Franklin School of Health Sciences) for PT school, and I had a lot of fun at both schools.
I did my first 5K when I was about 13 years old and my first triathlon in 1994 at 19, and these were seminal moments in my introduction to endurance sports that I won’t forget.
After graduating from PT school I took a job in Grand Junction, Colorado and quickly jumped into more races. I made my way into half and full iron distance races, but then graduated to solo 24-hour mountain bike racing and other dirt events like the Leadville 100, in which, while not a terribly enjoyable race, I was happy to get a big belt buckle for my finish so I didn’t have to go back and try again.
I bought one of the first Retul systems when they came out 8 or 9 years ago and I still use it every day. I took my bike fitting business out of the PT clinic about 6 years ago and have made bike fitting and building premium bicycles the sole function of The Bicycle Studio since then. I also tend to be a bit of a serial entrepreneur which is why you’re reading this bio here.
I still work, and train Colorado where I live with my family – my beautiful wife and two very….err….energetic boys.