Before you go out on your first ride, or if you're just getting back into cycling, we have some important tips to help make sure you're ready for a fun and safe riding experience.
Picking the right size bike
It doesn’t matter how much the bike costs or how flashy it is—if it doesn’t fit properly, it won’t be fun to ride. Too large, and the bike will be hard to handle as you stretch to reach the handlebar. Too small, and you could end up banging your knees on the handlebar as you pedal. Your comfort and safety could be compromised, so it's vital to get the size right.
The chart below offers a general idea of which size is correct for your height. There are some additional factors to consider such as arm length and inseam—the distance between your groin and the ground—so you will see some overlap in the chart.
Additionally, some bike components come in different sizes, depending on the bike size, so they fit differently. For example, the crank arm length varies between "M" sized bikes and "L" sized bikes, thus affecting pedaling efficiency. The same goes for stem and seatpost length.
If you are unsure which size is most suitable for you, check with an expert fit technician at a local authorized Giant retailer.
Adjusting your saddle
After you have determined the right frame size, the next step is adjusting saddle height, fore-aft position, and angle. Proper saddle position is key to maximizing comfort and performance. It also reduces the risk of injuries.
Getting ready for your ride
When getting ready to ride, make sure you know how to keep your bike in top condition. This will help the components last longer and minimize expensive repairs in the long run. Below are five things to check before every ride.
Beyond simple bike maintenance, there are other steps you can take to make sure you're ready to ride. These tips can make your cycling experience more enjoyable and comfortable.
Strengthening your core muscles is a great way to improve your cycling performance and decrease fatigue. A strong core is essential for powerful pedaling and stabilizing your body in the saddle.
Weight training can help you increase your power output. There are exercises you can practice at the gym, but it is also possible to train your legs at home without equipment. Body weight squats are one example.