So you've decided to purchase a bicycle, and you're trying to figure out the perfect ride for you style.
Using a bicycle frame size guide is important, as it will help you pick a machine that will suit your body and riding style perfectly. If you don't, you can expect to have a difficult time: riding will be more difficult, more work, and it may result in some sort of injury.
Follow the simple instructions below to calculate the frame size of your perfect bike:
1: Remove your shoes and stand with your legs apart, about 15-20 cm (6” – 8”) from each other. Then use a meter rule or a tape to measure the height from the ground to your crotch.
2: What kind of bike do you want to purchase? At this stage, you need to decide whether you want a mountain bike, road bike, or a city/commute bike. After making this important decision, the next thing to do is to calculate the right frame size for that particular bike you are interested in. Let assume you want a road bike; road bikes come in different sizes such as extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), large (L), extra-large (XL), or double extra (extra extra) large (XXL). The next step will help you determine the best bike for you.
3: Bring out your calculator and carefully do the calculations as follows:
City bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,685 = Your perfect frame size
Mountain bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,66 = Your perfect frame size
Road bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,70 = Your perfect frame size
Here's a little trick for determining how to choose the right bicycle size. Generally, your height in feet/inches will correspond nicely. Just take two inches off your height, and it corresponds fairly accurately to the frame size you'll need.For example: If someone is 5'10 in height, he should take off two inches, making it 5'8, and then remove the comma... 58 cm! Chances are, a 58 cm frame would nicely fit a person who is 5'10. Note: This will only give you a general size, it is not perfectly accurate!
Enjoy in you new bike and don’t forget to take a honeystick to avoid hitting the wall.
Taking honey prior to vigorous activity, such as cycling, can benefit performance, and it may be more economical than sports gels. Cyclists who consume 15 g of honey prior to a race, and every 16 km, perform better in time trials than cyclists who consume regular sports gels.