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Size Selection Of Mountain Bikes

Size Selection Of Mountain Bikes is one of the most

important things to decide after deciding the brand.

Though I know  a lot of people who don’t even know

that bikes do come in different sizes and you can

actually buy a bike which suits your body size.

The bike shop personnel can help you get fitted to the

right sized bike. If you get the bike either too big or too

small, it will cause discomfort while riding.

Follow the tips below, to select the perfect size of

your mountain bike.

1) Standover height

When you check the fitting yourself, the first thing
you want to check is the inseam clearance, or the
standover height.  You want to have plenty of room
between yourself and the top tube when you come to
a stop.  There should be around four to six inches
of clearance from the top of your inseam to the top
of the top tube.

2) Leg and feet position

There’s a nifty formula for determining the leg
position for riding a mountain bike.  When riding
a mountain bike, the terrain constantly changes,
raising you off the seat constantly, sometimes just
slightly, other times completely off.

Therefore, you’ll need to sit your saddle slightly
lower than you would on any other type of bike.
Be sure you take this slightly lower seat height
position into effect when you factor the size of
the frame.

3) Riding compartment

The next thing you’ll want to check is the rider
compartment layout (the distance between the saddle
and the handlebars).  Once the proper leg extension
has been determined, be sure the handlebar is one
to two inches below the height of the saddle.  You
should never have the handlebars higher than the
seat, unless there is some type of upper body

4) Dual suspension bikes

With suspension being at both ends, you’ll want
your weight more in the middle of the bike so that
your weight is distributed evenly between the front
and rear suspension units, thus allowing the front
and rear suspension to work as a unit.

This can be done quite easily by using either a
higher or shorter stem to raise the hand height,
which will in turn move the upper body up and the
weight towards the rear.  The increase in rise
shouldn’t be more than two inches and the
decrease in reach shouldn’t be more than two

5) Test ride

Once you have taken all of these steps into account,
go out and test drive the bike.  Make sure you
wear a helmet, even if you are going to be testing
for a brief period of time.  Be sure that the tires
are set to the right pressure, and the shop has
adjusted the bike for you properly.

You should have a shop employee observe your body
position and ride height while riding, to determine
if any further adjustments need to be made.  Ride
the bike around for a bit to get used to its
handling and new equipment.  Start off slowly, then
give the bike a bit of time to present its personality.

After a few minutes, you might notice that something
isn’t working correctly or just doesn’t feel right
in general.  If this happens, go back to the shop
and have the problem corrected before you rule out
the bike.

The more you ride bikes, the easier it will be to
tell the difference in the ride types.  Keep in mind,
it may take months and even years to appreciate the
way a bike handles.  Talk to those who ride, and
ask them if they ride the bikes they sell.  This
way, you’ll learn more about the mountain bikes you
love so much!

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