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Fitting Your Bicycle to Your Body


When’s the last time you hopped on a bike? If it was recently, good for you! If it has been a while, maybe it’s time for you to revisit your two-wheeled childhood companion. Bicycling is an excellent and entertaining form of exercise. Fitting your bicycle to your body is important for your physical health.

Fitting your bicycle to your body

No matter what your biking situation is, one thing that all bicyclists should know before getting on a bike is whether it fits them properly. A properly-fitted bike can help keep you safe and protected and can allow you use your bike more effectively.

There’s more to it than just making sure your feet stand flat on the ground when sitting on your bike. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you should consider frame size, saddle (seat) height, saddle position, saddle tilt and handlebar position when determining whether a bike is the right fit for you.

Let’s break it down.

Frame size

The frame size should fit you such that you can straddle the frame of the bike with both feet flat on the ground. Frame sizes are measured in centimeters and vary depending on the manufacturer.

Saddle height

Saddle (seat) height that is not appropriate for your body can cause back and knee injuries, as well as make each pedal less effective than it could be with the proper saddle height. Set the seat so that your knee is slightly bent when the pedal is at its lowest and the ball of your foot is on the pedal.

Saddle position

In general, the saddle position is right for you if when you rotate your pedals to where they are even horizontally (while using a person or object to balance), your forward knee is directly over the respective pedal axle.

Saddle tilt

Most of the time, as far as saddle tilt goes, your saddle should be level. If it tips too much in any direction, it can cause strain on your arms, shoulders and lower back.

Handlebar position

Handlebar position can vary depending on your personal preference and riding style. Handlebars are typically placed higher for comfort and lower for better aerodynamics.

While these are general suggestions for fitting your bicycle to your body, a bike shop pro is the best resource to consult when it comes to reducing or preventing injury.

At Advantage Chiropractic Clinic in Auburn, our goal is to help our patients lead pain-free lives. Call us today at 334-821-2552 or visit

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