Your inside leg measurement will determine your standover height – this is the clearance between the top tube of the bike and your crotch when stood just in front of the saddle. We suggest a clearance of at least two inches to enable you to hop off quickly as and when required.
- The standover height is measured from the top of the top tube to the ground and use the same measuring conventions used for road bikes and mountain bikes. This is one of the most critical dimensions of a bike frame that you need to take into consideration when looking for the right bike size.
- 1 What should my standover height be?
- 2 What should my bike standover be?
- 3 How important is bike standover height?
- 4 What does standover height mean on a bike?
- 5 Does stand over height matter?
- 6 Should I be able to touch the floor on a bike?
- 7 How do you measure standover height on a mountain bike?
- 8 How do you measure height for a bike?
- 9 How is standover height measured on a bike?
- 10 How can I increase my standover height?
- 11 How do I know if my bike is too big?
- 12 How do you determine your frame size?
What should my standover height be?
Begin by checking standover height, which is the distance between the top tube and your crotch when straddling the bike. Aim for about one inch of clearance if the bike has a traditional straight top tube, or two inches for a bike with a sloping top tube.
What should my bike standover be?
The difference between your inseam and the standover height should fall within the target ranges. (For example, if you have a 30” inseam, you’ll want a road bike with a 29” standover height.)
How important is bike standover height?
The bicycle standover height is really important! If you can’t stand over the top tube without touching it, you run the risk of hurting yourself when you stop quickly. Even if you just graze the top tube when you stand over the bike, you may still run into problems. The road surface isn’t always smooth.
What does standover height mean on a bike?
Standover Height: The standover height of a bike is the distance between the ground and the top of the top tube. Compare the standover height to your inseam measurement to make sure both feet are stabilized on the ground when standing over the bike.
Does stand over height matter?
Stand over height is irrelevant as long as you clear the frame easily (which on most modern frames you will as there aren’t many with horizontal top tubes). The relevant height is known as ‘effective top tube length’ or ‘horizontal top tube length’.
Should I be able to touch the floor on a bike?
When you turn the pedals, there should be no stretching or reaching, pointing your toe or rocking hips. Trust us, you really shouldn’t be able to touch the floor with both of your feet when you’re sitting on the saddle. This is an all too common myth and will stop you from getting the most out of your bike.
How do you measure standover height on a mountain bike?
Mountain Bike Standover Height
- Stand against a wall (with bike shoes on).
- Straddle the book, spine up, as if you were sitting on a saddle.
- Use the pencil to mark where the spine of the book meets the wall.
- Measure from the mark to the floor.
- Repeat the measurement another time or two to make sure it’s accurate.
How do you measure height for a bike?
An easy way to measure your height is to remove your shoes and stand up straight against a wall, make a small pencil mark on the wall level with the top of your head, then using a measuring tape measure the height of the mark off the ground.
How is standover height measured on a bike?
Standover height Height”). This is the measurement from the top tube to the ground (assuming a certain tire size which is listed.) This measurement is taken at the mid-point of the top tube halfway between the seat tube and the head tube because that’s where you usually end up when you stand over your frame.
How can I increase my standover height?
5 ways to increase standover on bikes with high seat tubes
- Low stack height dropper post.
- Shallow rail saddle.
- Shorter cranks.
- Ditch the thin pedals.
- Five Ten Impacts.
How do I know if my bike is too big?
If you struggle to make turns or need to sit up straight to reach the handlebars, the frame is likely too large. You may also notice that you cannot quickly turn or pick up speed easily due to the way that you sit in a larger frame. Pain or discomfort after riding also indicates that the frame is too big for your size.
How do you determine your frame size?
Body frame size is determined by a person’s wrist circumference in relation to their height. For example, a man whose height is over 5′ 5″ and wrist is 6″ would fall into the small-boned category.