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Setting up drop handlebar bikes for young riders – Parts 1 to 4

25 April 2014

We see many children riding and racing in uncomfortable, inefficient positions – limiting their enjoyment of cycling and stopping them from performing well in races.

In this comprehensive feature we show how to set up a drop handlebar road, track or cyclocross bike for a young rider. Our guide tackles every stage of setting up the riding position in seven separate videos.

Watch Parts 1 to 4 here, then watch Parts 5 to 7  to complete the job.

1. Principles & Preparations

Part 1 includes…

  • Principles
  • Why “bike fit” is important
  • Who is this guide for?
  • Bike size
  • Making gradual changes
  • What to wear
  • Where to work
  • Taking care
  • What you need
  • Setting up the turbo trainer
  • Rider warm-up

 

2. Foot Position

Part 2 includes…

  • Clipless pedals & foot angle
  • Anatomical differences
  • Flat pedals

 

3. Saddle Height & Fore-and-Aft

Part 3 includes…

  • Saddle Height
  • Levelling the saddle
  • Leg extension
  • Taking account of shoes & pedal systems
  • Measuring saddle height
  • Taking account of the “Q-factor”
  • Saddle fore-and-aft position
  • Using a plumb line
  • Effect on saddle height
  • Checking the pedalling action
  • Individual riding style

 

4. Handlebar Reach & Height

Part 4 includes…

  • Adjusting handlebar height
  • Setting the correct handlebar height
  • Handlebar drop
  • Setting the correct reach
  • Measuring the reach
  • Other factors

 

Now watch Parts 5 to 7 to complete the job.

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