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How To Choose The Right Bike Size For You!
17 Sep, 2020
There are times when people fall in love with a particular bike and buy it, only to realise that it’s not comfortable as promised. While the problem isn’t the Bike, it is the Bike Size!
Many people share their experiences with their bikes turning unpleasant to worse over time. Back pains, muscle injuries, body discomfort and more. Choosing an oversized bike could actually lead to losing control of the bike as well as strenuous pedalling. While choosing a smaller bike could lead to a cramped riding position, restricting control of the bike.
Various factors need to be considered while checking out on the size of a bike. Choosing the bike size depends on the type of bike, your height, your riding style, and your preference. A correct fitting bike will be more comfortable, more efficient, and more fun to ride.
Type of the bike
The most important factor in selecting a bike size is the type of bike that you plan on buying. What are you planning to do with your bike? Are you buying your bike for leisure? Or will you be going on long trips on it? Are you planning to buy a speedster? Or are you planning to learn bike tricks and stunts on non-conventional terrains? There are a lot of preferences, and almost every preference has a bike made for it! All you need to do is identify and understand your use and select the type of bike you want to buy. This will enable you to narrow down your search for the right bike size. Each type of bike has a different size chart. Whether you are buying it from a store or online, it is always a great idea to ask for assistance while taking the decision.
Bike, Frame & Inseam
Another important factor is the inseam. The top pipe of the chassis needs to be farther down than your crotch area. There are various ways to measure your inseam. The simplest one is trying out the bike. There should be a minimum of 2-5 inches of gap between the top tube and your crotch area. This makes the bike more comfortable and less capable of hurting you when you try braking hard in emergencies. The second way is measuring the inseam of your full-length pants. The distance of the top pipe from the ground should be at least 2-3 inches less than that of the inseam. There is another way of measuring the inseam. You need to hold a book between the legs, with the spine of the book slightly touching the crotch. Stand against a wall and mark the spine’s height. This is also a good way to gauge the inseam and select the right bike.
Comfort & Performance
If you want to understand how comfortable the bike is or how would the bike perform on your desired terrain, you need to try the bike or a similar bike in terms of bike size and use. This is something you cannot decide just by looking at the bike. You need to take the bike for a spin. The riding comfort, the riding position, the effortlessness and the expected fun is only understood then!