Bicycle Safety: Choose the Right Size Bicycle

Bicycle safety requires you to remain in control of your equipment at all times. That’s difficult to do if your model is either too big or too small. Choosing the right size two-wheeler is easy if you follow these tips.

Based Largely on Height

When choosing a road bike, start with the right size frame. The one you select will largely depend on your height. For example, if you are around five feet tall you would need a frame between 13 and 15 inches. On the other hand, you might need a 20″ model if you are approximately six feet tall.

Size charts are helpful, but the real test comes from “trying on” the bike. You should ideally be able to place your feet flat on the floor while straddling the top tube. You’ll need between one and two inches of space between the top tube and your crotch for maximum comfort.

Top Tube Length

The length of the top tube will affect how far you have to lean over the handlebars. The distance is usually a matter of personal preference, but can also depend on your torso length. One formula you can use to get you in the ballpark is to add your torso and arm lengths together and then divide by two. After you have gotten that number, subtract six to discover the ideal tube length.

Make the Necessary Adjustments

You are not finished once you have found the right size bicycle, as you will also need to adjust the seat height, pedals, and handlebars. Once you have completed the necessary adjustments, go for a test spin to make sure everything is just right before you head out on an extended ride.

Having the right fit does make you safer on the road; however, it cannot guarantee your complete safety. Bicycle accidents can happen even to the most meticulous riders. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, please contact us.


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