How to fit your bike correctly

Posted

Nice To Know

Likes0

Posted

Very helpful  

Likes0

Posted

I found this video extremely helpful. Are there any videos on how to service modern bikes?

Likes0

Posted

i would be tempted to look at the rear cassette if your friends are running mtb s with 12-32 cassettes and your on a 12-25 cassette there is the big difference straight away your having to work harder to get up the hills maybe try a 12 -28 or something larger that may help considerably

Likes1

Posted

What bike do you own?   Do take it into a good local bike shop (maybe not the one you bought it from, and defo not halfords!) and they will give you some advice wrt saddle height/frame size.  There are plenty of frame sizing guides available by googling. Saddle height has a huge bearing on cycling efficiency so it is worth getting it right.  Never heard an issue with wheels that are two large, unless you ride a penny farthing!  It sounds as if your husband rides a mountain bike/hybrid and you ride a road bike which will have bigger, more efficient wheels...  

Likes0

Posted

Thanks Neapstatties. I was told to raise my saddle to help me get up hills, by the other mature women I ride with. They all seem to be able to keep pedalling really slowly and  said my legs look too crunched up to get some oomph :) I run about 12 miles a week so I reckon to be reasonably fit, and have improved a bit on the hills, but am still lagging behind. I have bigger wheels than everyone else, (including my husband who is taller) . Could that be the source of my problem?

Likes0

Posted

Maz, to be helpful, there is a bit of contradiction in your post.  The usual symptoms of too too big a frame are when you find yourself overreaching to the handlebars, that the crossbar of the frame is touching your gentleman parts, or that you cannot lower your saddle any more to achieve a nice leg position as explained in the video.  From your comments I deduce that you need to get some expert advice from a qualityy local bike shop with respect to fit.  Additionally, if you are new to cycling, hills will be a challenge - with a well fitting bike, start by having a higher spin rate (60-70 rpm on you pedals) and seek to sustain this to the top, dropping gears as required.  Practice and training will see a huge improvement over time.  Best of luck.

Likes3

Posted

This is really helpful. I've ended up buying a bike that is a bit too big. Seemed OK in the shop, but when riding it feels heavy and I struggle up hills although I have raised my saddle as far as I can. Do any shops (in or near Sheffield) let you ride round their car park or similar. I would n't buy a car without a test drive, so how does it work for bikes. I'm new to all this having learnt to ride when over 60 :)

Likes2

Posted

I love that my bike will still fit me if I over indulge in take away food and wine. If only my skinny jeans would be so kind and do the same.

Likes5

1057251 miles logged - last log: 5 minutes ago
Log some miles