Bike Setup Tips For Smaller Cyclists | Emma's Bike Fit Guide

Published on November 5th 2018

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Emma gets a lot of questions from viewers about bike setup for smaller cyclists and how you can optimise your bike for this. In this video, Emma runs you through a number of factors to look at in order to get a comfortable riding position if you're on the shorter side. Subscribe: http://gcntech.co/subscribetogcntech The GCN Shop: http://gcntech.co/cn GCN Tech Uploader: http://gcntech.co/upload Now reach really is the key parameter for smaller riders! Saddle height is not normally the problem. And just because you can, just about, reach the handlebars does not mean that the reach is ok. If you are stretched out and leaning forward just to get your hands to the hoods, you risk hurting your back and neck and rocking your pelvis on the saddle in a way that increases saddle problems. The various bike brands do have major differences in top tube length of their smallest frames - look for a frame where the reach is short. With 700c wheels, you might simply have to put up with a certain amount of toe crossover. The way some frame manufacturers reduce the toe overlap is by making the seatpost steeper - but that means your weight is further forward compared to the bottom bracket, which can make the bike less stable to ride. Crank length might sound like a minor detail but it’s absolutely crucial for smaller cyclists. Shorter legs mean you have less range of motion, in absolute terms than long legs. Think about it this way: longer cranks means a bigger circle that the pedal turns. So to reach the bottom of the circle, you’ll have to have your saddle lower. But at the top of your pedal stroke, your pedal will actually be HIGHER than with a short crank - so your knee comes higher. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - http://gcntech.co/cl Watch more on GCN Tech... Does Power To Weight Matter? 📹 http://gcn.eu/PowerWeight Music: Epidemic Sound Matt Large - Everyday Hustle Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/ Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter. GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you. With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations. Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on cycling tech. Suscribirse a GCN en Español: http://gcn.eu/Suscribirse Facebook - http://gcntech.co/gcntechfb Instagram - http://gcntech.co/gcntechinsta Twitter - http://gcntech.co/gcntechtwee