Stepping out of your comfort zone can be very difficult, especially when it comes to trying a new workout. We totally understand that and we want to make your fitness journey as safe as possible. That starts with proper bike set up! Here are key tips to make sure your bike is set up properly.
- Foot Position: If toe cages and straps are used, be sure the ball of your foot is aligned with the center of the pedal. The ball of your foot is the widest part and therefore the most efficient and comfortable position to pedal in.
- Seat Height: Height of seat can improve the comfort and safety of your ride. Determining the right seat height is easy. Place your feet in the toe cages or clip into the pedals, rotate the pedals until one leg reaches the bottom of the pedal stroke. The that is at the bottom of pedal stroke should have a 25-35 degree bend in the knee.
- Fore/Aft Seat Position: The seats on our bikes move forward and backward, therefore your knees will be properly aligned relative to your feet. Sit in riding position with hands on handlebars and balls of your feet over the center of the pedals. Position the pedals so they’re level with each other. The front leg is where you check your alignment. When your seat is in the right position, your knee cap is directly above the center of the pedal.
- Handlebar Height: The height depends on what you are comfortable with. Just make sure you do not feel strain on your neck, shoulders, or back.
Most importantly, if you are not sure of proper set up on the bike, you should ask an instructor and they would be more than happy to help you get the right fit.