Sizing Your Bicycle
Spring is here and your excited about the great weather. What do you do? You
go into the garage, put on your helmet, hop on your bike and start riding. You
quickly realized two things, your bike is making a lots of noise and when you
pedal your knees are hitting your nose. Fortunately you are a WiseRider and
remember the ABC Quick Check and that will help you take care of the noise
problem (check out the Tips from Saturn for a review of the ABC Quick Check),
but what about the knee problem?
Here are a few tips for you and your helper to fit your bike to your body:
- To determine if your WiseRider bike is sized correctly, you should be able
to comfortably straddle the frame while standing flat-footed on the ground. For
protection during falls, there should be five centimetre gap between the top
tube and your crotch. With some frame designs this may not apply.
- To adjust
your seat, sit on the seat (which should be level), with your heels on the
pedals, your legs should be almost straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
Some WiseRiders prefer the seat to be a bit lower than normal so that their feet
can be firmly placed on the ground when sitting on the seat, this does offer
more safety but less power to your stroke.
- When checking the handlebar
height, a normal riding position should rest about one-third of your weight on
the handlebars and two-thirds on the seat.
- Remember your seat post and
handlebar stems must be inserted at least 5 centimetres into the frame to
prevent frame damage and injury. Longer seat posts and stems are available if
you need to purchase them.