Proper Bike Fit with Lisa Natale
Having a proper bike fit when riding is crucial to having a great riding experience. Whether you’re new to indoor cycling or just need a quick refresher, here’s a quick guide with Lead Instructor Lisa Natale on how to properly fit yourself on your bike! Disclaimer: These are suggestions. Do what feels right for you!
1. Adjust the seat to hip height
To properly fit your seat, you will want to raise the bike seat to be level with your hip. To do this, raise your leg with a 90 degree angle bend in the knee. Raise or lower the seat to that height. While you may need to make slight adjustments when you get on the bike, this is a great starting point.
2. Knees should have slight bend
Once you have adjusted your seat, clip in to the bike and get on. When pedaling when seated, your leg should have a slight bend. The slight bend will help so you are not overextending your leg but rather keeping it in a more neutral position.
3. Elbows should have slight bend
After adjusting your seat height, you want to adjust your distance from the handlebars. Just like with your legs, you want to make sure you keep a slight bend in your arms so they are not overextended. To achieve this you can move the bike seat forward or back to desired length.
4. Proper handlebar height
The height of your handlebars can be personal preference according to where you feel most comfortable, but it’s suggested that they rest slightly above your seat height.