What’s the right road bike size for me?
|Rider Height||Suggested Road Bike Size|
|Feet & Inches||Centimetres||Frame Size (cm)|
|5’3″ – 5’6″||160cm – 168cm||Small (51cm – 53cm)|
|5’6″ – 5’9″||168cm – 175cm||Medium (54cm – 55cm)|
|5’9″ – 6’0″||175cm – 183cm||Large (56cm – 58cm)|
- 1 How do I size myself for a road bike?
- 2 Should I size up or down for road bike?
- 3 Is a 26 inch bike for adults?
- 4 How do I determine bike frame size?
- 5 Is 52cm bike too small?
- 6 Is 29 inch bike good for what height?
- 7 Should I be able to touch the floor on a bike?
- 8 Is it OK to ride a bigger bike?
- 9 Why do pro cyclists ride small frames?
- 10 Who should buy a 26 inch bike?
How do I size myself for a road 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.
Should I size up or down for road bike?
Check your Ape Index If your arm span is longer than your height, go for a bigger frame. If it’s shorter, get the smaller one. On a bigger bike, the reach to the handlebars will be longer. If you have proportionally longer arms, you are likely to feel more comfortable on a bigger frame.
Is a 26 inch bike for adults?
“ 26” wheel size is perfect for most of adults with a height above 6 feet. Most of the touring bikes and hybrid bikes come in 700C metric wheels, which are also known as 29-inch wheels.
How do I determine bike frame size?
Place the end of a tape measure at the exact center point of the gear crank (the metal post that runs through the center of the bike’s chain sprocket). Then run the tape measure up to the top of the tube. Measure to the point where the tube ends. This will give you the length of the seat tube which is the frame size.
Is 52cm bike too small?
It depends on how the bike is measured. If the 52 is a level top tube and actual seat tube length, I would say no, the bike is too small. If the bike is a sloping top tube and the actual seat tube is 52, then maybe. If the 52 is a virtual size, and the actual seat tube is less say 48 or whatever, then no.
Is 29 inch bike good for what height?
If you are under 5’6” tall, a 26-inch mountain bike is still likely to be a better fit. If you’re 5’6′ or taller, you should be able to find a 29er model to fit you. Riders more than 6′ tall can rejoice: You’ll definitely enjoy a more natural riding position with the size and frame geometry of a 29er.
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.
Is it OK to ride a bigger bike?
Yes, you can ride a bike that’s bigger than the standard for your size.
Why do pro cyclists ride small frames?
Pro cyclists choose smaller frames to acquire a more aerodynamic position thanks to the lower head tube. Also, compact frames are more agile, easier to manipulate, and have a shorter wheelbase resulting in more stability when cornering.
Who should buy a 26 inch bike?
26 inch bikes are often the best size for young or petite riders, while larger 26-inch bike frames can be better suited to bigger kids and adults of all sizes (especially those over six feet tall).