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Bike Maintenance Class: Week 2, Basic Fit, Component Materials, and Brake System

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Bike Maintenance Class: Week 2, Basic Fit, Component Materials, and Brake System

Judging Bike Fit

Finding a bike that fits correctly is important, but its also is mostly about personal prefrence. So what should you look at?

Stand Over Height

The most basic component of bike fit is stand over height. On the bike its the distance from the top of the top tube to the ground. On the rider this measurement should be at least and inch or two less than the distance from your crotch to the ground. If you don't have that clearance you could really hurt yourself when dismounting. Stand over height differs between bikes that are the same size based on how the manufacture measures size and the bikes geometry. Standoverheight.jpg

Saddle Height and Position

Level

Your saddle should always be about level or tipped slightly towards the front of the bike. Level is measured from the highest point on the rear of the saddle to the hights point on the front of the saddle (the nose). You can change this slightly but if the saddle is tilted to far forward, your going to put extra pressure on your wrists, to far back and the saddle's nose is going to start putting pressure on bits you wish it wouldn't.

Height

When in the saddle (your sit bones should be making

Component Materials

Saddle and Cockpit Set-Up

Saddle Height and Position

Handlebar/Stem Position

Cockpit Component Types/Set-up

Breaks

System Overview/Styles

Pull Ratio

Mountain vs Road Cables

Calliper, Cantilever, and Linear Pull

Quick Release

===Replacing Cable and Housing

What's the Difference Between Break Housing and Shift Housing

Measuring and Cutting Housing

Installing Brake Cable

Replacing Brake Pads

Styles of Pads

Overview, adjusting, and installing pads