As a follow-up to a previous post regarding Bike To Work Week and being that it is peak riding season, I wanted to share some very useful information regarding the proper fit of a bicycle to the rider. One of my collegues at the Sports Medicine Center, Mark Lydecker, provided me with this information to share. Mark is a physical therapist and athletic trainer. He also oversees our cycling program at the clinic. Thanks, Mark, for sharing your insight!
Mark makes the important distinction that the bike should be adjusted to fit you. The rider should not have to make adjustments to fit the bike. Here are a few tips that he gives that riders can try at home to achieve a better bike fit.
- Seat Height: Stand next to the bike and eye up the seat. It should be about the level of your hip. Adjust the seat and get on the bike. When your feet are at the lowest part of the pedal crank (6 o’clock) your knee should have a slight bend, around 25-35 degrees.
- Seat Angle: Start with a neutral position. Begin pedaling and watch your knees when your foot is towards the front of the bike (the 3 o’clock position). Your knee cap should be right over the pedal axle.
- Reach: With your hands on the shifters, your shoulders should be around 90 degrees from your body and your elbows should have a slight bend.
If you would like further information or individualized help with your bike fit, contact Mark Lydecker at the Sports Medicine Center at 414-805-7111.