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Setting up your bike

Getting the right size of bike is the all important first step to getting your bike set up for you.

But just having the right sized bike is not enough and we need to ensure your bike is the perfect fit for you. Again we will guide you through this important stage to ensure that you are cycling comfortably.

By making a few simple adjustments your bike will be a perfect fit. We have provided a guide below;

1. Riding position

Everyone is different so you will need to find a comfortable balance that suits you. By giving us your inside leg and height and weight measurements we can help you in getting the most suitable size of bike for you.

Your riding position can then be altered if required by adjusting the saddle and the handlebars.

2. Handlebar position

Well positioned handlebars are crucial for your comfort and important for your safety – control of your sterring and brakes.

Handlebars vary in how they can be adjusted and we will advise you on how to adjust the handlebars on your bike.

Start with the handlebars at the same height as your saddle. If you prefer a more aerodynamic head down position lower the bars and if you want a head up riding position that is easier on your back and gives confidence in traffic, raise the bars

3. Saddle position

Getting the saddle in the right place will help you get the most from your pedal power without straining your body

Bikes have a handy feature that allows you to move the saddle forwards and backwards and adjust its angle. Adjust the saddle so your leg pushes vertically down on the pedal.

4. Adjusting saddle height

To find the right height for your saddle;

  • Place your bike next to a wall
  • Hop on and put your hand on the wall to balance
  • Put the ball of your foot on the pedal at its lowest point without stretching. Your leg should be straight

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 don’t raise it beyond the minimum mark which will be clearly marked on the seat post .

If your seat needs to be higher then we are likely to have already fitted your bike with a higher seat post if you had provided us with your height and inside-leg measurements.

Different saddles

No one saddle fits all. For example, women tend to have wider hips than men and so women’s saddles 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.

Contact us for more information.


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