At Bikes Direct, our unique Internet-based sales model allows you to purchase high-quality bicycles at factory-direct prices. Since we don’t have freestanding retail stores, we cut our costs, which allow you to buy a bike at up to 60 percent off what you would normally pay in a store. We are committed to making sure you get the best bike for the right price and that also means the correct fit. Check out our list of tips that will help you get ready to roll once your bike arrives.
Wear what you would normally use on a bike ride. If you are a hardcore weekend road bike warrior or simply commuting to work on an urban city bike, make sure to wear proper shoes and clothes that closely match what you would typically wear when riding.
Using a medium-size book as a stand-in, straddle the spine and push upward to mimic the pressure that you would experience on a saddle. This is an effective method for equating the distance between the top tube (the horizontal piece of metal that stretches from the handlebars to the saddle) and the ground, also known as your minimum clearance. Find out your minimum clearance by measuring the top of the book spine to the ground. This will help you figure out what size frame is best for your height.
Consider bikes that have a stand over measurement that is equal to or slightly less than one inch below your minimum clearance. If you have trouble measuring by yourself, ask a friend to help. Many bikes have different geometries or measurements that are specific to each brand. Become familiar with the sizing considerations, especially if you feel comfortable riding in a certain way.