An improperly set-up bicycle — saddle too high, frame too big, handlebars too low — can cause strain and pain in your knees, neck, or lower back. Try the following simple tips on how to adjust bicycle for you to have a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
On a road bike, you must be able to stand astride your top tube (the bar between your handlebars and saddle) with 1 inch of clearance between your tube and your buttocks.
On a mountain bike, the space must be 2-6 inches. If you have a female-specific bicycle with no crossbar, go by where the seat and handlebars are located.
Your bike seat must be completely level (its front does not angle up or down). At the bottom of every pedal stroke, your extended leg must still be slightly bent at about 20 degrees. And when you are sitting on your saddle, your toes must be able to touch the ground.
While you’re sitting on your saddle, hold your arms straight out in front of you and then tilt forward at your waist until you can reach your handlebars comfortably. While riding, keep your elbows a bit bent instead of locked, and hold your wrists in a neutral position not bent or locked.
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