Getting your bike set up:
Getting the right size of bike is the first step.
By making a few simple adjustments your bike will be a perfect fit.
your riding position can be altered by adjusting the saddle and handlebars.
There are three things you want to archive:
1.The right saddle height:
To make the most of your leg power or to make sure you can put a reassuring foot on the ground.
2.Good contact with your pedals to maximize the power in your legs.
3. Ability to reach the handlebars and your brakes, for good control and comfort.
Everyone is different so you will need to find a comfortable balance that suits you.
Well positioned handlebars are crucial for your confort, and important for control of your steering and brakes.
handlebars vary in how the can be adjusted. a good position to start is with your handlebars at the same height as your saddle. if you prefer a more aerodynamic ” head down ” position, lower the bars.
If you want a ” head up” riding position that is easier on your back and gives confidence in traffic, raise the bars.
bikes have a handy feature that allows you to move the saddle forwards or backwards and ajust its angle.
adjust the saddle so your leg pushes vertically down on the pedal. if you find you want to slide forward or backwards as you ride, adjust thye saddle to suit.
Use an adjustable spanner or an Allen key ( depending on your bike) to loosen the bolt underneath the saddle at the top of your seat post. you can then slide your saddle backwards or forwards and tilt it up and down. tighten it well before trying!
Adjusting saddle height:
To find the right height for your saddle:
1.Place your bike next to a large wall.
2.Hop on and put one hand on the wall for balance.
3.Put the ball of your foot on the pedal at its lowest point without treching. your leg should be straight. if you find you are rocking from side to side when you ride, you are probably too hight and cycling will be harder work.
To adjust the height of your saddle undo the bolt or quick release at the top of the frame so you can slide the seat post up or down, making sure you do not go past the minimun mark.
if your seat needs to be higher than the seat post allows, you need a longer seat post or a bigger bike.
Women tend to have a wider hips than men, and so women’s saddle are wider than men’s for the correct fit. Do make sure your saddle is comfortable, It can make all the difference to the enjoyment of riding your bike.