Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Adjusting the Bike for Comfort Riding
After raising the seat and once comfortably sitting on it and my legs and feet were in the correct position height wise, I found I had trouble getting my bum on and off the seat and had to stand on real tip toe, finding it hard to balance, while lifting my rear end on and off.
I realised then that this was because the front of the saddle was pointing up which of course meant that that part of the saddle was way too high for me to lift myself high enough to mount it comfortably.
I then went and viewed a couple of how to videos on youtube which showed the correct saddle position, forward, back, up, down and of course height. Never having ever positioned a saddle before (my bike shop fitted me for my trike), I sweated undoing the saddle, fiddling with it and then putting it back on again, until I had sorted it correctly for myself. And of course tightening the nuts to the max.
So saddle now perfect, I think. I wont know until I get out again for another ride.
Then came the height of the handle bars. Having no idea what would be a comfortable position I looked up the height of the handle bars of a Brompton S type. I felt as they are the experts in folding bikes I can't really go wrong with the height they manufacture. I then set my handle bars to that height.
Now one thing that I find a pain in the rear about riding this bike as apposed to my trike is that I have nowhere to carry anything. Even my handbag has to be slung over my head and shoulder if I have to take it with me. So I went down to our bike port and took off the front basket I had on my trike. I don't really need that front basket on the trike as I have the large carry basket on the back.
I then installed the bracket for that basket on my bike, having first had to slightly move my speedometer a fraction along the handle bar, and then tested to see if the bracket would affect the folding down of the bike. It doesn't, so all is well. I now have a basket to carry my handbag, pump, bottle of water and bike chain.
Whilst I was playing with all these changes and adjustments I also removed all the bicycles4u stickers from the bike. Those stickers were really showing up the bike being only a cheap one. It now looks a bit smarter.
I now feel my bike is really a true form of transport and not just a convenient item to learn how to ride with. No more lessons. From now on I will gain experience as I ride out.