Over the last few years, the way we buy bikes has changed and buying bikes online is easier than ever. With these changes, new challenges arise, for example, finding what’s the right bike size for you. However, our goal remains to provide you with the best tools and knowledge to help you choose the right product and find out the right size for your future bike.
With this simple guide, you will be able to measure yourself at home and get the necessary information to find the right bike size for you.
6 measures to find the right bike size
In bare or socked feet, stand up straight with your heels back against a wall, your feet must be together and parallel. Use a straight edge pulled into touch the end of your toes and parallel to the wall to mark the distance of the longest toes. Step aside and measure from the wall to the mark and record. This is your foot length.
With no footwear, stand with your back to a wall, but with your butt a few inches away from the wall. Use a hardcover book about 1" thick or similar. Place it between your legs, spine up, and push it back to the wall to create a right angle. Pull it firmly up into your groin so that you feel firm pressure on your perineum (soft tissue) Ensure the book is square to the wall. Have your partner mark the wall at the top of the book spine. Step away and measure from the wall to this mark.
Torso length is determined by subtracting inseam length (which we already measured in the previous step) from height to your sternal notch, so torso length is from the pubic bone to the sternal notch. Identify your Sternal Notch and measure the distance to the ground.
Hold your arm straight out to the side, palm down, and grab a pencil in your fist. Your arm should be plugged into your shoulder socket without hunching up your shoulder. Measure from the side of the rib cage to the body side of the pencil. Measure both arms and use the average of both.
Lower Leg Length
In bare or socked feet, sit on a chair with your lower legs at ninety degrees to your upper legs, putting your feet parallel. Use your thumb to press in on the side of your knees, and slide your thumbs down the outside of your legs until they catch on a bony protrusion. This is slightly below the base of your knee caps but on the outside of your lower legs. Mark this point and measure the distance to the floor in a straight vertical line from this mark. This is your lower leg length.
Have a partner stand behind you and locate the acromion process on the back and towards the end of your shoulders. Use a tape (flexible preferably) to measure the distance across your back from between these points. Follow the curve of your body instead of trying to estimate a direct line. Record. This is your shoulder width.
These are the necessary measure to find the right bike size for you. By sending these measures to our staff members, we can be sure to provide you with an accurate size for your next bike.
You can send us these measures to [email protected] or using the webchat located in the bottom right corner. Our team will contact you as soon as possible.