1. Back to the Front. Adjust the seat THEN the handle bars.
2. Hips Don’t Lie.
Seat should be about hip height. Stand right next to the saddle. Place your hands on your high hip bones and/or lift your knee up to hip height to get an idea of where the seat should line up.
3. Saddle Up!
Clip into the pedals and bring your foot/pedal to the bottom of the pedal stroke…you’ll want a relatively full extension with slight soft bend at the knee. If you hyperextend the knee (aka locked knee) or feel as though you are reaching for the pedals it’s an indication you need to lower the seat. If your knee is too bent and you are not getting that fuller extension, lift the seat height.
4. The Power Position
The saddle slides back and forth and your position is determined by the angle of your knees and where they fall over the pedals. You want your knees to be over the ball of your foot. Start with the saddle in a neutral position. Get your body into riding position (hips back, neutral not rounded or hyperextended back) and bring one pedal directly in front of the other so that the cranks of the bike are even with one another. Whichever foot is in front, check to see where the knee falls. If your knee is too far forward over the toes, slide the seat back. If your knee is at 90 degree angle and falls over or behind the ankle, slide forward.
5. Raising the Bar
Handle bars are somewhat subjective… An avid outdoor cyclist may prefer the handle bars quite low while most indoor riders are more comfortable with the bar at seat height or higher. If you have back issues, it’s recommended that the handlebars be up a little higher.
6. Almost There...
Handle bars also slide back and forth on some bikes… Again start at “neutral.” Riders should be able to comfortably grip handle bars without reaching for them, keeping shoulders drawn back away from the ears and soft bend at elbows. Always have a light grip on the bars and let your legs bear the body weight. Check that knees don’t hit or come uncomfortably close to the bar as well.
Now that you know how...you will fit right in at BYKlyn!
Come on over and clip in!