Monday, August 20, 2012

How to fit a mountain bike (part 2)

One of the reasons to purchase your bike from a quality local bike shop like ours near Chino Hills, is that we know how to help you find the right bike, and adjust it to fit you perfectly  Having a bike that fits you properly is very important for getting the maximum fitness, performance, and comfort in your riding experience.
This is part 2 of our tips on fitting a mountain bike.  Individual riders may have different preferences according to the type of riding they do, but these are general guidelines. (Steps 1 and 2 are in our previous post)
3. Saddle height: When seated, your legs should be slightly bent at the bottom of a pedal stroke. If you can put both feet flat on the ground while seated, you should raise the seat.
4. Stem: Have someone hold the bike steady while you sit on the seat. If your arms are reaching, with elbows locked, you need to adjust the stem, or may need to have a bike shop replace your stem with one that has the right length and angle for your body.
5. Saddle position: Your saddle should be parallel to the ground, and your knee should be over the ball of your foot. When you pedal, your shin should be angled slightly forward.

Come into our shop, we would love to help you get the perfect fitting mountain bike. 

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