Today I’m going to tell you a really simple way of how to choose the right size bike for you.
Now, if you’re choosing a basic bike, there are three things that you really need to remember and that is your frame size, your seat height and positioning, and your handlebars.
Let’s start with your frame size, ensure that there’s a comfortable clearance between your crotch and the top tube when you straddle the bike, and put your feet flat on the floor.
For a road bike, the distance should be about one to two inches or, and mountain biking can be quite a bit more than anything up to four inches.
If you’ve got a ladies bike like this one or one that doesn’t have a top tube, then just imagine where the tube would go from here down to the bottom of where a seat is adjusted.
Next comes your seat height. Firstly, it’s imperative to get your seat height, If you want to maximize your pedal power and minimize your fatigue.
The best positioning for this is your leg should be just less than fully extended at the bottom of the stroke-like, and your knees should be slightly bent like this.
Your feed has to be able to comfortably reach the pedals because if they don’t, you’re going to find yourself leaning from side to side to reach the pedals and your hips are going to thank you for that.
I can tell you now. Don’t have your bike seat low so you can stabilize your bike when you stop. When you want to stop, hop off your bike, straddle your top two and put your feet flat on the ground.
However, this is also important to know how to measure a bike perfectly.
Even if it might feel safer. If you’re sitting on your bike and your feet are flat on the ground and your seat is way too low, you shouldn’t be using your feet to stop the bike for the health of your body
and especially your pelvis. You must keep the seat. Level or slightly tilted out this way.
Your weight is centered and evenly distributed on the seat. So, if you need to make adjustments, change your tilt angle and move your seat forward or backward to make sure that you’re coming.
Your handlebar height is entirely a personal thing for you. And it’s really going to depend on the type of cycling that you do, obviously, by having high handlebars.
You would mean a more wrecked position and that’s going to put less strain on your neck, your back, and your wrists.
It’s also going to give you greater comfort, greater visibility, and road awareness, but it doesn’t make you very aerodynamic.
If you’re a speed demon and you really like going fast, then you better off having low handlebars.
Lower handlebars are going to make you more strict and more aerodynamic and that means you’re going to be able to apply greater muscle power to your pedaling, the downside of the lower handlebars, that there’s the increased strain placed on your neck, your back, and your wrist.
Experiment and make adjustments until you find the right handlebar height for you. So remember when you’re buying a bike check, the three things, frame size seat, height, and positioning, and handlebars.