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You And Your Road Bike
How To Get The Proper Fit

The Thrill Of The Ride Lies In The Fit Of The Bike

Step 1. For most riders, the first step in getting the right size road bike is to stand over the frame with both feet flat on the ground. A properly-sized road bike frame will give an inch or two clearance between the top tube of the frame and your crotch. Not too much, not too little. A mountain bike should have more space - maybe the width of your hand across your
fingers. (On women's bikes that don't have the high top tube going between the seat and the handlebars, you can skip this step.)

Step 2. You want to have the bicycle seat set to a height that allows your leg to extend until it is almost completely straight when you are sitting on the seat. There should be only a slight bend to the knee when your foot is on the pedal in the bottom position. This will maximize power and minimize fatigue.

A common mistake is for people to think that they should be able to sit on their seat and still plant their feet firmly on the ground. Riders should come off their saddles and straddle the bar when stopping the road bike. If you can sit on the seat and touch your feet to the ground other than on tip-toes, your seat is too low.

For maximum comfort and pedaling effeciency, you want your seat to be pretty much level, so that you can sit on it and pedal without having to consciously monitor where you are on the seat. Too much forward tilt, and you'll feel like you're sliding forward. Too much backward angle, and you won't be able to get any power and you'll have the sensation that you're slipping off the back. Both of these situations are distracting and uncomfortable.

When on a road bike seat, your weight should be borne by the same spots on your rear that you feel underneath you when you sit upright on a hard firm surface. In addition to adjusting the tilt angle, you can also move the seat forward and backward in relation to the seat post. This will help make sure you're comfortably centering your weight in the right places.

Step 3. The goal of handlebar height adjustment is to find the position where you can ride comfortably without putting strain on your back, shoulders or wrists. There is a lot of personal preference here, and a fair amount of variation between body types, so don't be afraid to experiment until you find the setting that is best for you. On a road bike, the top of the bike's handlebars should be a bit lower than the top of the saddle, in the range of an inch or two. This allows for a definite forwarding-leaning, more aerodynamic ride.

Remember, when setting the height of your handlebars, personal preference and variations in physique will have an important effect. You should feel free to make adjustments until you find the position that allows you to ride comfortably for extended periods of time. In general, the higher the handlebar is set, the more upright you will sit.

All handlebars have a minimum insertion mark. Make sure you don't raise your handlebars into a fixed position so high that you pull this mark up out of the road bike frame.

A great road bike for the money is the Takara Kabuto single speed road bike. According to Ian Kirby in Austin, Texas, "I bought this bike back in Jan 2011. Packaging for the bike was as expected, very solid. The set-up for the bike is nice and easy and required only basic tools to get her up and running within 10 minutes. So, with that that said, this is great for someone looking to buy an affordable, high quality, and stylish bike. Flashy colors, big tires, comfortable to ride, though maybe it is a bit on the heavy side, but nevertheless smooth, fast and simple and the flip-hub feature, which gives you the option of riding in fixed gear, is a great addition. "

For more reports on the Takara Kabuto, Click Here.

Beginner Cycling Tips


There's no better way to get in shape than cycling. With cooler weather, almost every area of the USA provides one of the perfect scenic routes for that proverbial "cycling stroll".  In the video on the left, cyclist Dawn Decaminada shares a few beginning cycling tips to help get you on the road to becoming a cycling enthusiast.

Knowing the route, wearing the correct protective gear, reviewing your bike and equipment check list, and remaining hydrated while cycling all contribute to a safe and exciting ride.

For organized rides all across the country, check out BikeRide.com.

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THESE ITEMS WILL IMPROVE YOUR
BIKING EXPERIENCE
So many people get wrapped up in the "biking gear" experience that they forget to look at some of the other items that enhance the overall "cycle stroll".  We've taken the liberty of providing links to some of the most often over-looked supportive equipment below.

GOPRO HERO CAMERA

Stunning Video Quality: Record gorgeous 1080p30 and 720p60 video.  

Diverse Photo Capture: Capture 5PM single, Time Lapse and Burst photos up to 5 fps.

Built-in Microphone: Record audio with the built-in microphone.

Durable + Waterproof to 131-Feet (40m): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions.

Compatible with all GoPro Mounts: 60+ mounts and accessories. GoPro Software: View and share your content.

External Memory: Supports microSD cards up to 32GB (class 10 or UHS-1 required) Sold Separately.

Allen Sports Deluxe Two Bike Trunk Mount Rack

The Allen Sports 102DN Deluxe Two Bike Carrier fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans and SUV's (make sure to confirm specific vehicle fit above). Its patented design sets up quickly and will safely transport your bicycles around town or cross country. Two side straps deliver exceptional lateral stability on your vehicle. A patented tie-down system individually secures and protects your bicycles.

Patented design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUV's - consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information.

Individual tie-downs secure and protect bicycles.

Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle.

Side straps for increased lateral stability.

Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging.

Comes fully assembled - set up and installs in seconds.

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GARMIN EDGE 1000 

Large 3.0" Display - See what you need with ease, and stay focused on the road ahead. Edge 1000 uses a glove-friendly, touchscreen Display that adjusts automatically for low-light areas, such as shade and tunnels.

 Segments - Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect Segments and seeing Real-time results on your Edge 1000, including alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings.

 Smart Notifications - See your text, email and call Notifications from your iPhone 4s or later while riding.

 Bike-Specific Navigation -Navigate the best cycling roads with preloaded maps and points of interest (POIs). Round-trip Routing makes it easy to explore new roads, and Route Planner allows you to create routes using the map or POIs directly on the device

Includes: Edge 1000, extended out-front mount, standard mount, preloaded maps, speed sensor, cadence sensor, premium heart rate monitor, tether, USB cable, manuals

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