GETTING FIT FOR YOUR BIKE Bicycle Fitting Getting the right bike. • Stand with your feet on the floor and the bike between your legs. There should be at least 1 1/2 inches from the top tube to your crotch. • A raised stem may be necessary for taller riders to reduce back strain during riding. Bicycle Fitting Getting the seat right. • Women - should keep it level or slightly down. They also need a wider seat. • Men - should keep it level or slightly elevated. Bicycle Fitting Seat height steps one. • Heel of the foot is placed on the down pedal. The leg is straight but not locked. Bicycle Fitting Seat height step two. • Ball of the foot is placed on the down pedal. The leg is slightly bent about (thirty degrees). Bicycle Fitting Seat height step three. • When pedal is up the knee should be well below the thigh. Bicycle Fitting Fore and aft of the seat. • With the pedals at three and nine the forward knee should not extend beyond the center of the pedal for that leg. • Nor should it be behind the center of the pedal of that leg. Bicycle Fitting Fore and aft of the seat. • Loosen the allen bolt that holds the seat clamp just enough to move the seat. Make the adjustment as needed. Bicycle Fitting The brakes and bar ends. • While seated on the bike the riders open hands should rest comfortably on top of the brake levers with no angles. • The bar ends should be at 45 degrees or more.