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Bicycle Fit

Proper bike selection starts with determining the type of bike (road, hybrid, MTB etc.). This may seem obvious, but marketing can sway a buyer's decision. For example most bicycles sold are mountain bikes but most people never truly ride off-road.

Unless you have a unicycle there are three contact points: saddle, pedals, grips.

Measure yourself:

Please read below references and the fitting chapter in "Zinn and the Art of Mountainbike Maintenance" and "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance". Fitting requires some trial-and-error on the rider's part. All guidelines are a starting point and the rider needs to dial in the final settings. For new riders this can be difficult since the body needs some adjustments. For example core strength needs to develop. The first few rides should be shorter and adjustments should be made to avoid pain and discomfort. If a rider feels a bit uncomfortable after 100 km, it may be just what it is. But after 20 km there should be no major discomfort. The bike should be chosen for the task and be the right size. manufacturers and bike size calculators give general guidance and for many people those work. Riders with extremely short or long torso or legs may not fit in those general recommendations. Never buy a bicycle that is too small or large just because there is a "special deal". An ill-fitting bicycle is worth nothing.


Fitting is an iterative process and the measured and calculated sizes are starting points. Ride and listen to your body before you re-adjust.

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