Customizing the fit of your road bike is a sure bet for making long treks more comfortable and more enjoyable. Riding a well-proportioned bike also goes a long way toward minimizing your muscle and joint pain the next day. Get help from a friend to accurately measure your torso and arm length and ensure that the bike shop customizes your ride to perfectly match your dimensions.
1. Measure Torso Length
1 Take off your shoes.
2. Measure Torso Length
2 Stand on a flat surface with your back pressed against a wall.
3. Measure Torso Length
3 Spread your feet out so that there are about 6 inches of space between them.
4. Measure Torso Length
4 Locate the top of the sternum, which is the point just below your throat where your collarbone forms a "V" shape.
5. Measure Torso Length
5 Place a hardcover book on the ground in between your feet, standing up with the book spine pressed vertically against the wall.
6. Measure Torso Length
6 Lift the book up the wall toward your inseam, stopping when the book rests under your body similarly to a bike seat.
7. Measure Torso Length
7 Measure the distance, in inches, from the top edge of the book to the top of the sternum. The resulting measurement is your torso length.
8. Measure Arm Length
1 Hold your arms stretched straight out to the sides, with palms facing forward.
9. Measure Arm Length
2 Grasp a pen in one hand and make a fist.
10. Measure Arm Length
3 Locate the edge of your collarbone, just above the tip of your shoulder.
11. Measure Arm Length
4 Measure the distance from the edge of your collarbone to the pen. This measurement is your arm length, in inches.
Items you will need
- Hardcover book
- Tape measure
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