Frequent question: What do you do if your bike is too big?

If you’re current bike seems too big, you can get some relief by pushing the stem further down the seat tube and adjusting the saddle position to compensate for the larger frame. For example, lowering the handlebars and saddle height and removing all the spacers from the seat post may help the bike fit a little better.

Can I go down a bike size?

Remember: Bikes are adjustable

People come in all shapes and sizes, but there are typically only a few frame sizes of each model, so you will be forced into making a choice. The good news is that bikes are adjustable and some parts replaceable. With a little work, you can get the bike fit just right.

Can I ride a bigger size bike?

As long as you’re not too finnicky with your bike fit, not riding steeze like a dirtjumper, and also given more saddle time, you’ll get used to it. Yes, you can ride a bike that’s bigger than the standard for your size.

Is it OK to get a smaller bike?

Neither a smaller or bigger frame is better for everyone and generalizations in frame sizing are almost always risky. If your riding position is established first the best decision for you will likely become much more clear. Consider bike fit the holy trinity of comfort, power, and efficiency.

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How can I make my big bike smaller?

On a bike that’s too big you can lower the bars a fair amount by making sure the stem is at the lowest point on the steerer tube without any spacers underneath. If your bars are already at this point, the next way to lower the bars is to get a stem with a high angle such as 15 or so degrees.

Can I ride a larger mountain bike?

When it comes to sizing, reach tends to be what changes more from Small to Large than stack. If you have a proportionally longer torso, you’ll want to size up your mountain bike in order to get a more natural fit. Flexibility and range of motion in your hips is also something to consider.

Should you be able to touch the ground when sitting on your bike?

When you are sitting on the saddle, you should be able to touch the ground with your tiptoes, but you shouldn’t be able to put your feet flat on the ground. … If your toes are barely touching the ground, then the saddle could be slightly too high, and you will benefit from moving it down just a touch.

How do you get the right size bike?

If you’re buying a bike online and wondering how do you measure yourself for a bike from afar, simply measure the length of your inside leg (with your shoes on) and subtract two centimeters from that measurement. This will give you the stand-over height of the bicycle that is right for you.

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What happens if you ride a smaller bike?

With a smaller frame, you will need an appropriately longer handlebar stem in order to retain the cockpit length. This will affect handling of the bike: it will feel more “lively”, which can be good in some cases (tight turns, difficult terrain) or bad (less stable) – in most cases.

Can I ride a smaller bike frame?

Small frames for off-road cycling

A smaller frame can provide more traction and responsive handling. Yet if the frame is too small, it may become too difficult to handle. … If you ride a bike with a 17-inch frame, try a 16-inch frame for mountain biking. Just make sure that you adjust the stem and seat post accordingly.

Does bike size really matter?

Absolutely. Seat posts, stems, crank lengths, etc, all give you a degree of adjustment, but only within a range. The size of the bike frame is the foundation of a good bike fit, and good bike fit is essential to comfort and efficiency on the bike. A bike that doesn’t fit you isn’t going to be comfortable to ride.

Is bike too big for child?

We’d really advise against buying your child a bike that’s too big for them. If they can’t get their feet onto the ground, can’t reach the handlebars or operate the brake levers with their small hands, then there’s obviously safety issues as being able to stop and control the bike is crucial.

Is cycling harder for shorter people?

The bottom line is that cycling is one of those unique sports where performance is not completely dependent on height. Cyclist of short or tall stature can both do equally well.

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