Even though bicycle design requires some pretty complex geometry, finding the right sized bike doesn’t have to be rocket science. Those careful calculations give a model its unique identity, but consumers sometimes throw caution to the wind when it comes to fit. By visiting a shop that specializes in bikes, you can be sure to find expert guidance to help size up your options and avoid growing pains down the road.
While department stores typically carry only a few different sizes of each model, specialty shops will offer more range, for a perfect fit. Bike shop employees are well-trained to find the right sized product for customers; in some cases they even have special sizing tools at their disposal.
Your height and inseam represent two important measurements that will help you find a good starting point. With that in mind you can narrow down your choices of bike according to frame size.
Frame height and clearance between you and the bike when you’re standing over it should vary between bikes; for example, mountain bike riders may find themselves needing to dismount in a hurry, in which case a greater clearance will be helpful. Consider, too, that kids should be comfortable with their bike, while also having some room to grow into it later.
But height is only one important consideration. Once in the saddle, with the help of an experienced bike-shop attendant you can compare reaches between models. Your arms should have only a slight bend, never extended fully to the handlebars. Again, riding position will vary according to the type of riding you want to do, but consider that you can make adjustments to the positioning and angle of both the saddle and the handlebar.
Backpeddling carries bikes of all sizes and their well-trained staff offer expert help in finding the right one. Visit www.backpeddling.com to learn more.