Cycling Tips: How to Fit Your Bike || REI

Cycling Tips: How to Fit Your Bike || REI


[Music] cycling comfort and efficiency begin with a bike that fits right there are four things you need to be aware proper frame size seat height seat position and stem length these simple adjustments are the key to fitting your bike to ensure your frame is the right size start by wearing the shoes you’ll be riding in the most when standing over the top tube and lifting the bike you want approximately one inch of clearance between the ground and the tire for a mountain bike it’ll be more like two or three inches the recommended amount of clearance is the same for men and women once you have the right frame size adjust your seat height so that the bottom of your pedal stroke you have a slight bend in your knee aim to come within 80 to 90% of full extension this adjustment will maximize the power and efficiency of each pedal stroke the next thing to adjust is your front to back seat position when your crank arm is parallel to the ground a plumb line extended from your kneecap goes through the ball of your foot this means most writers will pedal with their shins angle slightly forward lastly your stem length determines the angle of your back and the bend in your arms ideally your back is at a 45 degree angle and your arms are slightly bent to absorb shock remember you still have to reach your shifters and your brakes with a properly fitted frame and your seat and handlebars adjusted correctly for your body riding further is easier and more comfortable you