A Beginner's Guide to Measuring Bike Size
Bicycling is one of the most popular forms of exercise and transportation. In fact, there are over one billion bicycles in the world. That's twice as many bikes as cars. But if you want to get into cycling, you'll need to find the right bike first. Here are some quick tips to help you accurately measure for the right sized bike seat and bike.
How to Measure for Bike Seats
There are a few different types of bike saddles. In order to choose the right one, you'll need to perform a few measurement tests. Here's how you can perform a measurement check before choosing the most comfortable bike seat.
- Take a piece of cardboard (heavy corrugated is best) and place it on a low surface like a step stool.
- Take a seat on the cardboard, straddling the stool you've placed it on, and sit in the position you normally would while cycling.
- Stand up and measure the distance between the indentations you've made in the cardboard. Make sure you're measuring from each indentation's center point!
- Take this measurement to a bicycle shop and select a bike seat that fits it.
If you're not comfortable measuring this on your own, there's no harm in asking a professional for help. That's what we're here for!
How to Measure fora Bicycle
Just as there are many different types of bike saddles, there are different types of bicycles. Here are a few simple calculations you can use to measure your bike frame size for a few different types of bikes.
City Bikes: Leg inseam (cm) x 0.685
Mountain Bikes: Leg inseam (cm) x 0.66
Road Bikes: Leg inseam (cm) x 0.70
Using these simple calculations, you can determine the appropriate bike frame size. That being said, make sure you know which kind of bicycle you'd like to purchase before going into a bike shop with these measurements. Otherwise, you may end up purchasing the wrong kind of bike.
Whether you're looking for road bike saddles or you want to try a new style of cycling, it's important to measure for your bike size accurately. Are you ready to get cycling?