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Here are five things to consider for bicycle fitting:
- Size of bike frame
- Height of seat
- Seat position
- Tilt of seat
- Position of handlebars
Of all the measurements on your bike, the size of the frame is the one you want to get right, because once the bike is purchased and yours, there is minimal adjustments that you can make to have it fit correctly if it didn’t in the first place. It is hard to say that bike frame sizes are generalized and depend on height, when in reality it depends more on the length of your legs. In short, when you are straddling the bike, both of your feet should easily be flush with the ground, with maybe 1-2 inches of clearance.
If you are riding a road bike or a hybrid, you need to have 1-2 inches of clearance from your bottom and the top tube. If you go for mountain bikes, you need 4 inches of clearance from your bottom of the tube. This is important if you ride where the trails are rough where you could likely become dismounted from your bike.
When your saddle or seat is higher or lower than you should have it, you will feel pain and will eventually lead to back and knee injuries. Not having the right height also affects how each pedal strokes. To fit yourself properly, put the height of the seat to where your knee is barely bent when the pedal is at the lowest position with your foot on the pedal.
To make sure your saddle or seat is positioned correctly, sit on your bike. You need to have someone here to help stabilize yourself or use a stationary object. Rotate the pedals until they are horizontal. Is your forward knee directly over the pedal axle? If so, your seat is positioned correctly, if not, make the proper adjustments have your knee and pedal axles aligned. To make adjustments, loosen the seat post and slide the seat forward or backward. Keep the seat level.
Tilt of Seat
The tilt of your saddle should be level. Using a carpenter’s level balanced on the seat while the bike is on level ground. The result of a seat that is not level is pressure on your arms, shoulders and lower back.
These suggestions are simply guidelines that would help you, but a professional at a bike shop could also make the appropriate adjustments that you need