Monday, July 23, 2012

The Importance of Bike Fitting

Just like clothes, a bike should fit you. If a bike is too small or too large for you, it could mean stress in your posture, resulting in fatigue and worse, body injury.

How does one tailor fit a bike?
One very meticulous way of doing it is to follow CompetitiveCyclist.com's guide to fitting. The guide's comprehensive and detailed measurements ensure that you get a bike that fits you perfectly. Or if you are not that OC:
  1. Find a bicyle, mount it without seating on the saddle, make sure that there is clearance of at least an inch between your inseam and the bike's top tube. That is what we call standover height.
  2. Take the bike for a spin. Your legs should be slightly bent at the knees at the bottom of every pedal stroke. Make sure that your buttocks do not sway when pedalling. Adjust the seat height to make ensure legs and buttocks alignment.
  3. Grab the handle bar by the grips. Is the width of the handle bar equal to the width of your shoulders? This is the ideal width. A trend nowadays is to make the handlebars as wide as possible. The danger of it is that you could have difficulty maneuvering through traffic obstacles and your grip is wide, increasing drag and slowing you down. If you are not racing and you feel that wide handlebars are cool, go that path.
Standover height


Remember, a bike should fit like clothes. A properly fitting bike will make you enjoy your riding experience for years to come.

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