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Road bike adjustments(5 posts)

Road bike adjustmentsjanb
Jul 18, 2001 11:13 PM

I have just bought a road bike. Can somebody explain to me, how to adjust the bike properly. The height of the saddle? The height of the handlebar? The front-back position of the saddle?

Thank you very much,
Helpful URL's...PsyDoc
Jul 19, 2001 5:14 AM
Here are a few URL's that will help to educate you on the topics you mention, so even if you do have the bike shop set you up, you will be able to ask questions if they do something different.

USCF Guidelines on Bike Fit:

Kevin Lippert's two articles on the subject:

Cyfac's article on saddle position:

Bike Fit a la Wombat:

Sheldon Brown's thoughts on the issue:

and do not forget about the helpful advice from Colorado Cyclist:

Good Luck
Good linksDINOSAUR
Jul 19, 2001 3:37 PM
Good links, I saved the Cyfac site in my favorite section. It's funny that everyone has a different idea on how to fit a bike. I dialed mine in using the Greg LeMond method, and made adjustments here and there over the last couple of years. I checked my seat height last week and I found it was right on the money. Maybe my body is telling me something. Maybe it's because I have long femurs like Greg. I found that there is no one formula for all. Confusing for "newbies". I found if something hurts, check your positon, otherwise leave it alone and don't mess with it. IMHO the length of saddle rails is probably the most over looked part of dialing in your bike. The longer the rails, the more you have to work with, for long legged guys like me anyway...
Good linksPsyDoc
Jul 20, 2001 5:17 AM
Thanks...I've got a good deal of info on fit from various sources and am glad to share when the situation arises. I also find it intriguing how everyone has a different view of fit, from Colorado Cyclist to Serotta to Kevin Lippert. I figure someone's recommendation on fit will probably be right on the money for at least one person. I think the Competitive fit analysis offered at is good, but I think some tend to forget that it is a "competitive" fit and not necessarily the fit that the average non-racer needs. I am very interested to find out whether the move to threadless will facilitate new fitting methods/formulas.
didn't somebody at the bike store do that for you?Rusty McNasty
Jul 19, 2001 7:09 AM
or did you just buy the first bike that looked good from a department store? if so, well, that's what you get for cheap!
if you bought from a bike shop, adjustment is part of the deal. take it back!