You show up to a spin class ready to hop on the bike — only to find that it’s adjusted to fit somebody else, not you. As a first-timer, you’ll probably ask the instructor or a buddy for help, but it pays to know how to adjust a one-size-fits-all bike to be perfect for you.
A post at Daily Burn gives three tests you can use to tell if your seat and handlebars are on the right settings. Height is important (there’s a good chance your seat is too low), but did you know the seat slides forward and backward too?
To find your seat’s ideal distance from the handlebars, sit on the saddle with both pedals at an equal distance from the ground. “Imagine a weighted string dropping down from your knees. If the seat is appropriately adjusted, the string would land right over the ball of the [front] foot,” [instructor Danielle Devine Baum] says.
Read more at the link below for the details on all three tests, and an extra tip for using pedals with cleats — without having your feet fly off the pedals mid-spin.