Questions tagged [bike-fit]

How to get the right sized bicycle for you or adjust your bicycle to fit you better.

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Are bikes with aggressive positions required to achieve high fitness levels when training on a bike?

Are bikes with aggressive positions required to achieve high fitness levels when training on a bike? My bike fitter claimed that a more aggressive posture is better for transferring power than a more ...
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How do you find the right saddle for road biking?

I bought a Cube Attain GTRC disc, a great bike apart from the saddle, which is quite chunky and square. I would like to find a better one. Tips for saddle sizing for road biking? Long saddle ...
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How to be certain a Boardman ADV 8.8 would fit without prior road bike experience?

I'm looking to buy my first road bike - an adventure/gravel road bike. Question: How can I be certain it's okay or not? And should I be looking for a bike that's closer to my estimated frame ...
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Can hybrid bikes be as fast as cyclocross bikes if we use an aero position instead?

Can hybrid bikes be as fast as cyclocross bikes if we use an aero position instead? There's quite a lot in common for both bikes. People claim that CX bikes are faster. It seems like the main reason ...
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Mild pain in lower forearms during biking

I feel some pressure and fatigue in my wrists and lower forearms during riding but not after it. I don't know whether it is due to weakness of my wrists or my suspicion that my 18" frame mount bike is ...
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Why do peope think the upright postion is comfortable?

Since my dad bought my first bike when I was a kid I tended towards a leaned forward position. I don't mean hands on the drops position, just a more leaned forward one. Skip forwards for almost 30 ...
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I am willing to switch from 700x23c to 700x28c (front) and 700x25c (rear)

I've just bought Orbea Onix TDI Road Bike that has 700x23c tires. They are very tough on the roads that I have around - I go to mountain highways and there's a lot of pavement cracks that feel too bad ...
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Risks of pedaling with outward pointing knee

During my pedaling action I always try to keep my knee moving in plane parallel to the plane containing the frame, or, in other words, my leg parallel to the frame. I have however noticed other ...
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Stack measurement help

I'm trying to determine where I fit on the Cannondale Slate geometry because it doesn't seem they use top-tube actual or seat tube, but rather they're using the Stack? I see a great sale on a 56cm ...
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Can I swap BMX wheels for a larger size?

I am a 5 foot 10 inches 14 year old boy who would like to get into riding a BMX. So if I was to buy a BMX with a certain size wheels, can you swap them for bigger wheels
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Why do I lose so much power/speed in an aggressive position?

I've heard many cyclist say they can go faster (and are more comfortable) with a large bar drop. If my bar is more than 5cm below the saddle (even by 5mm) -- or if I increase the reach -- my power ...
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Pedal foot position - balls or arches

I notice that when I pedal that I mostly seat the pedal in the arches of my foot naturally. I also notice that the cycling shoes tend to seat the cleats in the balls of the foot area, as do other ...
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Ladies' Cycling Shoe Sizes/Fits

I am interested to know what differences there are between brands of women's cycling shoes, specifically, who makes shoes in larger or smaller sizes as well as who makes shoes for narrow feet or for ...
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Is it possible to fit a 36T chainring on a 34T frame?

I'm thinking of building a bike from scratch around a Commencal HT AM 2018 frame, which normally comes with a 32T front chainring (1x setup) and says it takes 34T max. However a 36T would be ideal for ...
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Should I choose 26“ or 28” size BTWIN Triban 100 with dropped handlebar?

My height is 5 ft 9.5" (176.5 cm). I went to Decathlon and tried out both the 26" and 28" bicycles there. Both sizes felt comfortable. But I cannot really tell unless I ride for a long distance. I had ...
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Knowing what size bike to look for [duplicate]

I am presently riding a hybrid that apparently is a bit too small for me, and I'd like to replace it with a road bike. Having ridden this improperly-sized bike for as long as I have (about 8 months, ...
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Good fit vs. Best fit - Lower end of the fit range (Difference of 1 cm). Is it OK? or can this tiny difference still cause pains?

I want to buy a second hand Trek Cronus (Gary Fischer Collection) bike (50cms) for my wife. I am getting a good deal on it. My wife's height is 156cms. As per the Trek Sizing chart, the range of rider ...
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How long does it take for one to get settled on a new saddle?

I recently switched from a Selle Royal Seta T1 saddle to a Shimano Pro Falcon Anatomic saddle with a cut-out. It's lighter, wider (152mm), and has lesser padding than my previous saddle. The first ...
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Help understanding effect of Crankarm length on gear ratios

Trying to learn more about bike fit and gearing, and having trouble understanding the effect of crankarm length on gearing. In an article on bicycling.com it states "The relative jumps between gears ...
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Can I make this bike fit me?

There are two questions here really though they both have to do with fit. Today I tried a Baad Raad electric fat bike. This question isn't about batteries or fatties. I just wanted you to know this ...
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Bike Frame Size for MTB Leisure Rides

I am looking to buy a bike for my wife on the internet, but the challenge is I do not know what frame will be most suitable for her. We plan to buy a hardtail for leisure rides on the weekends so we ...
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Will a 60cm seat tube bike fit a 5"11 male adult?

I got my eyes on this Raleigh: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-RALEIGH-WINNER-ROAD-BIKE-LOOK/352239962812?hash=item5203234abc:g:7YkAAOSwJH1ZLcwa Yes it's a little expensive but I like the blue ...
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Adjusting bike fitting to cope with FAI (hip deformity)

After many years in the saddle (as a casual rider only) I am currently unable to ride to due a problem with my hips. I just got the X-rays back and it seems I have a "pincer" deformity on both hips ...
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Mountain bike sizing for a short female

This is similar to this question on frame size, however that is addressing it from a road bike standpoint. My wife is 4' 9", and I am interested in getting her a mountain bike, as she has expressed ...
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Choosing frame size when still growing

I am about to purchase a 2018 Kona Sutra touring bicycle but I need some advice on how to know which is the right size for me. My measurements are 174cm tall with a 79cm inseam. I was advised that a ...
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Unable to get into a 'TT' position, is my bike fit wrong, or am I just fat?

I've been road cycling since July 2017. I am an overweight guy, the cycling has helped shed some kilos but I'm not at my ideal weight yet, and most of my weight is stored in my belly. A month after ...
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How to measure frame size kids bike

The way I know how to measure frame size is by measuring from the center of the cranks to to top of the seat tube. I ordered a 16" bike from Halfords but the seat tube is only 9". On the box it says ...
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Kids bike overlapping frame sizes, can you go up one size?

Bike size guide: 105-117cm, 4-6 yrs: 14" 112-125cm, 5-7 yrs: 16" My niece already has a 14" bike her daddy got her. I have been monitoring her height, she's definitely growing. At the moment she's ...
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Can tricep pain be cause by having a smaller bike frame?

Some context, my boyfriend bought a used carbon frame bike because it was a good deal, I feel like recent tricep soreness is caused by his biking on a bike that is too small for him or wrongly ...
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Should I get a size up or a size down bike?

I'm looking to buy a Trek DS 4 bike. In the store the sales person measured me and said I'm right in between sizes 19 and 21 and he wasn't sure which one I should pick. I test drove both sizes and ...
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Beginner always sliding forward on seat

I'm 250 lbs and have been riding for about three months now to lose weight. During my rides I always feel like I am sliding forward on my seat. Because of this I never feel like I'm sitting on my seat ...
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Throbbing in outer quad above knee [closed]

I have been riding a bike that is in all honesty meant for someone much smaller than me. I have raised the seat quite high and got it far back enough that my spine is in proper posture while I ride. ...
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Bike fitting for sore hands, Peugeot ~85 used as commuter

I'm having problems with my Peugeot from ~85. I get sore hands quite fast when I ride it and it really feels like the pressure on my hands are too much (compared to when I ride other bikes with flat ...
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Grand Canyon AL SL frame size - S vs M [closed]

Checked Grand Canyon frame sizes and can't decide which one is more suitable for me: S or M. My height is 170cm while S frame recommended height is 162-172cm and M is 172-182cm. S frame comes with 27....
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Another (?) which-frame-size-to-choose post [closed]

Unfortunately in my home country (a small tropical island) I can't find a reseller that has stock of an adventure bike (also known as gravel bike). I am about to order one online, but I am stuck on ...
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How should a good CX riding position “feel” (alternative to highly scientific measurements…)

I'm switching from MTB full-suspension down-hill riding to something more flat - at the moment I'm looking at a CX for 80% road, 20% offroad usage. Unfortunately, I've never, except for short test ...
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Is it OK to ride in the drops almost the whole time?

I just bought my first road bike, 2 months and a thousand km ago, and into several 50 to 130 km rides I found myself riding mostly in the drops, like reeeaally in the tip of the bar. I even removed ...
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Saddle position for a long steep climb

Various sources indicate that when climbing to slide back on the saddle. In about a month I plan to attempt Whiteface Mountain with its 13 km at an 8% grade. If I manage this climb I will be at my ...
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Is “bike fit” through site reliable?

I want to buy a bike, in this case a moutain bike, and the salesmen always ask my height, I am 1.90m, searching the Internet I heard about "bike fit", so I found some sites that through the ...
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Advantages with longer seatpost in the seat tube?

I am about to buy a new seatpost and I am wondering what's the ideal length. The one I have now is 33cm long, even though it only sticks out of 10cm from the frame (measured from the seat collar to ...
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Childrens' bike if I want to put my feet down?

I am a very short adult (61 inches; 155cm), who has not been able to get the hang of sliding off the seat and back on at stops (especially on hills). I really just want to be able to stop and touch ...
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changing 26 to 700 wheels on mountain bike?

I have a nice colnago mountain bike w/26 wheels and disc brakes; am thinking of changing to 700 wheels as i am 6'3" and bike feels somewhat small. would this negatively affect ride, handling, ...
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Lowering the stem on a Canyon Endurace

I have a Canyon Endurace XL frame with a 110mm stem which I currently have slammed. I've started racing this year and am very comfortable in the drops for the entire race, which makes me think that I ...
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Why can't I find a comfortable saddle?

During the 25+ years of cycling I've done (5,000 - 7,000 miles/yr), I've tried upwards of 75 saddles, yet STILL haven't found one I could call "comfortable." By now, I know what I want, but can't ...
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Ordering in the right size, and making sure it fits

I'm fairly tall (6'4" or 195cm), and the bike I'm looking for is fairly specialised these days (a tourer, presumably steel, possibly with a sideline as a gravel bike/off-road tourer but no need for ...
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Help choosing between two frame sizes based on my dimensions [duplicate]

I would really appreciate some help choosing a size of bike frame. I am stuck between choosing the large or the extra large. I may go down the route of getting professionally checked on the bike, ...
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Short inside leg body: smaller frame?

I have a bit of a disproportionate body. I am 176cm (5'9") tall, but my inside leg height is only 76cm (2'6"). I want to build a fixed-gear bike and I am looking for a frame of the right size for me. ...
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What variables best determine bicycle fit for an individual without riding it? [duplicate]

Trying to decide a bicycle purchase, not sure how to choose the best fit bike for my body type. Should I measure my leg length, torso length, arm length, body build, does my gender make a difference?
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Racing: Drop Handle Drop Length

For context this is specfically for racing distances less than 100km. Are there any considerations for having a deeper/longer drop on your handlebars besides comfort and fit? Should you go as low as ...
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Uncomfortable saddle position on road bike.

I ride a road bike three times a week (Bitten by strava bug)( I am 5'9" and use a 54 cm frame) I installed my new pedals and am wearing my new cycling shoes for first time. I raised the saddle height ...