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Spin Bike Set Up 101



Spin bikes are designed to fit all shapes, sizes and abilities. Getting your bike set up correctly is one of the most important aspects when taking part in a spin class. You are usually fixed to the bike for at least 45 minutes during a class, if you are in the wrong position it will effect your range of movement, hinder your performance and even cause pain!

STEP 1 - Seat Height
It’s easy to determine the right height—simply place your feet in the toe cages or clip into the pedals and just make sure to keep a little bend (approx 5 degrees) in the knee as the leg is moving round during your pedal stroke. Your knees should not lock out at at any point during the movement.

STEP 2 - Forward/Back Seat Position
Once your height is set sit on the saddle in the riding position, then position the pedals so they’re level with each other, parallel to the floor. Your seat is in the right position when your knee cap is directly above the center of the pedal.

STEP 3 - Handlebar Height
Adjust the handlebars to a position that is comfortable and limits unnecessary strain on your neck and back. If you do suffer from any neck tension or back pain, please let the trainer know prior to the class.