How to Get Fitted for a Bike

Mark Hall of Village Cycles explains how to get fitted for a bike. It’s all about comfort and safety.

The following is a transcript of the video:

Choosing your first bike or taking a bike that you’ve already got and ensuring that it is comfortable and properly adjusted, does take a little bit of time.

Professionals at a local bike shop can really step through those and make sure that you’re properly sized, so that it’s not only comfortable, but safe. Unfortunately bikes can be too big or too small and then be dangerous. So, we want to take necessary adjustments and sizing techniques to ensure that they are safe and comfortable.

The most important thing would be standover, so that if we can safely dismount the bike. That we do have one-to-three inches of standover, from inseam to the top tube.

Top tube is the horizontal tube across the bike that connects the front of the bike to underneath the seat. S, if we dismount or come off of that saddle, we want to safely be able to stay in there without injuring ourself.

Also reach is very, very important. The reach from the seat to the handlebar position is imperative that that’s a reasonable distance, depending on the height of the rider and the torso length.

So, we want to make sure that we do have adequate standover, but also a comfortable reach as well.


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Last updated: 10.29.2018

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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