Bike Sizing

When it comes to road bike sizing, the best bikes will make your body get in close so you can be in a proper riding position and alignment to the frame. Unfortunately, bikes that sell at a lot of discount stores and claim to fit everyone, won't fit a lot of individuals correctly. The right fit is critical to improving your riding program.

The farther away your hand position is and the lower it is in relation with your seat, the faster and more efficient your bike riding will be. The problem is that those kinds of bikes aren't as comfortable for a rider that is just starting out or one that rides for recreational purposes. As you improve your riding technique, your bike will become more comfortable to you.

The size of your wheels and tires are important also since they will decide what kind of suspension and rolling resistance a bike has. A tire that is wider will offer a softer, more absorbent ride, but it will also increase the rolling resistance.

In addition, comfortable, yet stable bike seats are essential. A lot of individuals won't ride bikes because their backsides end up hurting. In order for your butt not to get hurt, you not only have to have a comfortable seat on your bike, but also have to watch the position in which you are sitting.

The right seat height can affect how much weight you are putting on your seat and in turn your backside. An issue that occurs a lot is positioning your seat too low, which will make your ride uncomfortable and put more weight on your butt and more stress on your legs and knees.

Lastly, the weight of the road bike you end up with is very important, but just as significant is the weight of the tires and wheels. An important weight issue to consider is the rotating weight, which is away from the center of the bicycle's wheel. The total weight of a road bike is important and you should look for stable lightweight frames, but if you are able to even lessen the weight of the tire rims and tires, you will see a big change in how fast your bike is and how it performs.

Use the sizing chart and video below as a general guideline to help you find the right size road bike for you. By knowing your inseam and height measurements, you should be able to determine what frame size will be the most comfortable for you. Of the two measurements, inseam is more important.

Determining Your Road Bike Frame Size
Height Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4'10" - 5'1" 25.5” - 27” 46 - 48 cm
5'0" - 5'3" 26.5" - 28" 48 - 50 cm
5'2" - 5'5" 27.5" - 29" 50 - 52 cm
5'4" - 5'7" 28.5" - 30" 52 - 54 cm
5'6" - 5'9" 29.5" - 31" 54 - 56 cm
5'8" - 5'11" 30.5" - 32" 56 - 58 cm
5'10" - 6'1" 31.5" - 33" 58 - 60 cm
6'0" - 6'3" 32.5" - 34" 60 - 62 cm
6'2" - 6'5" 34.5" - 36" 62 - 64 cm