SETTING UP YOUR BIKE
Our instructors will happily help you to determine the best seat height for you. Adjust the seat height while you are wearing your workout/cycling shoes. To get a rough estimate of the correct seat height, stand next to the bike and set the height so it is level with the top of your hip bone. Then sit on the seat, place your feet on the pedals and push down on one side until one of your legs is at the bottom of the stroke. Your leg should still have a slight bend of approximately 20 degrees. Adjust the set up or down to achieve this.
For your first workout, your instructor will happily help you to adjust both the handlebar height and the horizontal positioning of your seat. Most people set their handlebars equal to their seat height but if this is not comfortable then it is best to adjust your handlebars above your seat height – 0 to 12.5cm covers most body types.
Now you can adjust the forward or backward (horizontal) position of the seat to ensure that your knees are safely aligned in relation to your feet. Sitting on the seat, hands on the handlebars and feet correctly on the pedals, position the pedals so that they are even/level with one another. If the kneecap of your forward leg is positioned directly of the centre of the pedal – you’re all set. If not, adjust the horizontal position of the set until you achieve this.