Spin Bikes are purposefully designed to be easily operated by those who use them – newbie’s or pros. Known to be a challenging and fun workouts equipment, spin bikes are in-demand by all gym and fitness enthusiasts! It has leveled up the nature of exercising and provide a creative means of achieving a physically fit body.
A properly set-up spin bike will help every cyclist perform all those cycling routines the right way while lessening the risk of accidental injuries. Basically, spin bikes allow its users to adjust the heights of the handlebars and the seat positions very simply. This is to allow the users to achieve comfort while using them, resulting to a perfect spinning class participation.
Tips on how to set up a spin bike in home
The following are the steps in setting-up your spin bike in the most simple comprehensive way. Ideally, the setup starts from the seat to the back portion of the bike.
Adjust the seat height
The first thing is to adjust the height of your spin bike to achieve comfort and safety during your ride. Some cyclists trick is to make sure that their seat is parallel to their hip height by standing next to the spin bike. A perfectly adjusted seat height will also result to a perfect knee angle.
In order to determine the correct height, you should place your feet into the pedals or toe cages. Rotate the pedals with a relatively slight bending of the knee until one of your legs reaches full extension parallel with the floor. You should be able to achieve a 25-35 degree bending to your lower knee, which means that your knee should not lock while performing the pedal stroke. Lower the seat if you are having a hard time reaching the pedals or if you feel that your knees are too bent, you might want to raise the seat up.
Saddle Backward or Forward
When you achieve your perfect seat height, follow the checking of your saddle’s distance. The saddle moves back and forth. Get your body to a riding position where the pedals are aligned with each other. You can pull the saddle closer or push farther, according to your desired comfort.
A well adjusted saddle ensures a properly aligned knee with your feet. Should your knee pass your toes, have the seat slide back a little. Should your knee falls behind the ankle, have the seat slide forward. The point is to make sure that your kneecap is straightly aligned vertically to your feet.
Handlebar Height and Position
Handlebars are subjective. Adjust the height of the handlebars according to a position that will make your spine and neck comfortable. While each cyclist has a varying body mechanics, the handlebar can be adjusted according to his/her preference to boost the efficiency of the spinning workouts routines. Always remember to have a light grip to the handlebars so that the body weight will always run down to your legs.
However, it is highly recommended to keep the handlebars a little bit higher for those experiencing and recovering from back problems or spine disorders.
Secure the lock of your bike’s knobs
It is very important to secure the tightness of your bike’s knobs if you do not want your handlebars or saddles unexpectedly fall out while you are actively performing your cycling routines.
In using the toe cages and straps, you should make sure that these are aligned to the balls of your foot a point across the center of your bike’s pedal. This is the most effective foot position of a cyclist because this is the most unshakable part of your foot. Should you prefer using clip fewer pedals, you should check the metal or leather fastener (cleat tension) on the pedals and ensure that your cleats are well-coordinated to your shoes. Other cyclists favor mounting the cleats on their spin shoes/cycle shoes as they perceive it to be more comfortable when the ball of the foot is either towards the front or towards the rear of the pedal center.
Making sure the right set-up of your spin cycle will not just give you an effective workout ride, but will also guarantee your personal safety from injuries and fractures. If you are experiencing any difficulties during the set-up process, never hesitate to ask questions and seek help from your instructors.
The groundwork for an effective riding work-out to your spinning bike is a perfect set-up according to its indicated guidelines. All the set-up procedures are purposively prepared so that beginners can comprehend the instructions.
By following the instructions, achieving a satisfying cycling performance is not far from reality. More so, safety and security from accidents are less likely to occur. Following the instructions only requires a little effort that will eventually lay down the grounds for a richer and more attractive lifestyle.