Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Keep track of these measurements for all your bikes

You should keep note of the following measurements on all your bikes for the following reasons:
  • When you test out a new bike you can tell the shop how it should be set up so you can more easily compare apples to apples 
  • When you're experiencing discomfort, you can make small adjustments and keep track of what you changed and its impact 
  •  If you need to borrow a bike, you can quickly dial it in so you are less likely to experience discomfort from an unfamiliar position 
Note that with the exception of specialty saddles such as the Adamo, most saddles are pretty similar in length, but if the bike you're trying to match has a radically different saddle, you'll want to check where your seatbones sit on the saddle and match that.   Additionally, the cranks, to which your pedals attach, differ in length, but not radically. Most often they will be 170-172.5 mm.

These four measurements are optimized for speedy set-up and should be considered a starting point. If you are looking to optimize your position on the bike or experiencing physical distress riding the bike, you may want to have a proper bike fit session, which can be arranged through several shops in the Lincoln-Omaha area.

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