What Size Of Bike Do You Need - Advice For Knowing Your Bike Size
The best way to get the correct size is to pop into our showroom, where we will be happy to talk you through getting the correct size of bike, although depending on where you are based, this may not be possible.
If you are buying online one disadvantage is that you don't get to try things for size. Don't worry though, as we have created this handy guide to ensure you get the correct size of bike for your height.
When deciding on a bike to buy it is vital to consider which size will fit you, as a poorly-fitted bike, be it too small or too large, can lead to health problems as well as limiting your comfort and control on the bike.
To help, we have taken guidelines from the Bike manufacturers and added these to our size selection, helping to ensure you get the best fit possible - so you can normally work off the recommendations in the drop down size selection. Please note: these recommendations are guidelines only and not a guarantee of best fit.
In general, bike size is often measured by the effective length of the Top Tube, but for as long as even a single length differs in a component, no two bikes are the same. Any number of differently sized parts of any bike frame can affect its geometry, meaning it's hard to measure a bike's exact size or guarantee which size will suit you best.
To ease the process of choosing the right size of bike, manufacturers often label bikes with sizes - eg, Small, Medium and Large. These categories help describe which body type the bike will suit best, but only you can be the judge of the fit that's perfect for you. Bear in mind that there is always the option of adjusting the bike, for example at the saddle / handlebars, until it's just right. The chart below is a general guideline for road bike sizes, based on the rider's height.
When considering mountain bike sizes, simply bear in mind that they are usually one or two inches taller. You can use the chart below as a rough estimate for which mountain bike sizes are made for which heights.