If you are under 5-foot-3 and the purchase of a bicycle, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how many bikes actually fit you. And chances are, one of those bikes that will to come and knock you over the head with his style, his factor "cool" and his overall fitness in general. But, just in case the bike that speaks louder than you do not adapt perfectly to the way it sits on the showroom floor, there are a few simple modifications ("mods") can take into account that could only solve one of the two fundamental problems related to altitude.
Problem 1: You can "flat foot" of the bike.
In order to have the largest and better control of the bike in slow motion or should not be able to sit in the chair with the bike pulled upright off the kickstand, knees bent, feet on the ground. If you are up on the balls of your feet, or worse, on tiptoe, you will not have complete control when you roll up and put a stop his feet on the ground or when walking astride the bike back in the garage or a parking spot.
Solution: Reduce the bike.
You can reduce the physical bike itself a couple of ways, but both include changes in the suspension components – namely, the shock absorbers. In Most bikes, the shocks are mounted to the frame and the swingarm. You can buy a special bracket that allows you to loosen the mounting bolts, slide the crisis to slide the leg of one inch or less, so that the frame-to-fender down a bit closer to the rim in the back, which could be sufficient to than flat feet.
You can also replace the dampers shorter shocks of securities, so things even more. If you go this route, be sure that are not so short that the tire is likely to rub on the bottom of the fender when the shock is compressed (ie, a pothole, or add a passenger or his baggage.)
If that still is not enough, you can also buy a kit that lowers the front of the bike by changing the springs inside the fork tubes. Again, make sure that are not creating a situation where the bike parts rub against each other that they had no intention of doing so. alternatives: You could be able to flat foot the bike simply by changing the seat. A bike with a wide seat separates the legs further apart before they head to the ground. A narrow profile seat can give you enough extra space to get flat feet. And if you're up on the toes, instead of the toes, it is possible that you could survive only with the purchase of boots with high heels and sole.
Problem 2: You can not comfortably reach the handlebars.
Obviously, be able to reach the handles is key to ease of operation and control of the bike. From a design stand point, a lot of bikes today have "drag bar" – drag-racing style handlebars that come in an almost straight line from the triple tree, extending to the left and right, but not coming toward you. These bars can force the runner with less hunch forward and reach the exit to the right and left, the body weight on the wrists and causing a burning sensation between the shoulder blades after only a short ride. (Something like the old ten-speed that used to go with the stooped low handlebars – which, not coincidentally, was also originally designed for racing aerodynamics.)
Solution: different handlebars or reverse bands.
Depending on how far you have to hunch forward, you can try a few things here. Bands are small pieces Pullback chromey you put in between the tree and the bars to the bars up and back toward you in inch increments. Small bands can make a big difference, so ask your dealer to help you determine the amount of backlash that you need.
You can also try a completely different style handlebar. Buckhorn bars (And its cousin the next largest, mono mini-hangers) will hold the hand grips to you, and put your hands at an angle on the handlebars to make your body feel a little weight at its lower end rests back and instead of dolls. Full-ape hangers are likely to raise your arms above shoulder level, which is cool old school "but could make the pain of the upper arms. Finally, beach bars form a wide curve to the corridor – as the use of medium wheel of the bus. These have a different look and bring the fists to you, with your hands in a straight position similar to the drag bars (but probably with better weight distribution). Of course, if the election bars you'll want to consider the design and appearance of your bike, too. Bars could be hot wide on a cruise, but more likely is that they seem out of place in a narrower bike.
An important caveat is that the bands to add or change rods also could you say you need more or less long clutch control cables and / or brake lines to accommodate the distance set.
Shorter riders need not fear the bicycle shopping experience. While it is true that making these changes will change the final price of the bike, it is also true that development of a bike that fits perfectly into reality is part of the process – and part of the fun!
Janet Green is the editor and chief biker chick at Biker Chick News, a popular web destination for women who ride motorcycles.
For her complete ride journal, plus news and links of interest to women who ride, visit http://www.Bikerchicknews.com.
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