Spin Bike Setup and Adjustment Tips
We all know that spin bikes have a reputation for providing a ride that’s very similar to that of a traditional road bike. The same sound, the same feel, even the same crank, and pedals. But if you’ve decided to buy your own bike, you’ll also have to deal with a potentially complicated spin bike setup. So, is it really worth the hassle?
Why You Should Buy Your Own Spin Bike
You’ve decided you’re finally going to do it. You’ve joined a gym and signed up for one of their popular spin classes. You’ve heard about the types of benefits you can experience such as toned, muscular legs, and the hundreds of calories you can burn.
But once you enter those doors and see the spin bike, you’re immediately intimidated. How can you keep up with everyone on that type of bike? Especially when many of the people in the class have six pack abs and larger than life calves? When it comes to working out in public on an indoor cycling bike, it’s common to feel intimidated. There’s the crowd of physically fit people, the instructor who’s bound to single you out, and the loud music that’s preventing you from focusing.
These reasons are mainly why many people turn to home workout routines. You’ll have total control over the training, the type of spin bike you use, and you can do it alone, without an audience.
Getting Started on Spin Bike Assembly
You’ve read a detailed spin bike buyer’s guide, finally chosen the right bike for you and it has just arrived in the mail. Now you’ll have to handle the process of assembling the bike correctly.
Fortunately, most models will come partially assembled, with the flywheel and crank already installed on the frame. All you’ll need to worry about is adding the pedals, handlebars, base stand, and console if it comes with one, however, most models don’t.
Assembling a spin bike is no more difficult than putting together a child’s bike. The bike should be set on the stabilizer base, you’ll need to drop in a bolt to add the handlebars, and you have to mount the seat post to the frame. You’ll also need to screw on the pedals and attach the water bottle holder and you’re all set.
All of the necessary assembly tools such as an Allen wrench and a multi-function wrench should be included in the package. Depending on the model, assembly time should take no more than thirty to sixty minutes.
If your spin bike comes with a console, you can expect to add an additional twenty to thirty minutes to the process. These consoles work by running cables from the unit, through the frame, and into the crank, so the computer can accurately read distance. These cables are very tight and can be complicated to connect. For this type of assembly, we recommend having a helper assist you.
However, most models of spin bikes do not come with a console. If you decide to purchase a spin bike computer, these can easily be mounted on the bike’s handlebars. You can find bike computers that offer Bluetooth connectivity, which means you won’t have to worry about running and tying off cables along the bike’s frame.
Adjusting the Spin Bike for a Perfect Fit
After you’ve attached the handlebars, saddle, and other important components, you’ll need to make important adjustments to both the handlebars and seat in order to get the right fit for you. This is actually a crucial part of the assembly process because improper adjustment can often lead to injuries or overuse, especially in the knees.
Your first step will be to locate the adjustments and knobs. Most models will have two to four knobs. Often, one knob that moves up and down will be placed under the handlebars, while another knob, which moves back and forth will be placed over the handlebars. Another knob will go under the seat. This knob will move up and down. And the last knob will be behind the seat and it moves back and forth. Try adjusting them by working your way from the back to the front of the bike.
Next, you’ll want to adjust the seat height. In order to adjust the seat, begin by moving it down or until it’s parallel with your hip bone. If you prefer an alternate option, get up and stand on the side of the bike, next to the seat, facing forward. Raise your thigh to a ninety-degree angle until it’s level with the floor. Your hips should be evenly squared off. Lower or raise the seat until it’s lined up with the center of your leg and you should get a perfect height for your size.
Now, you’ll want to focus on moving the seat backward or forward, adjusting the distance of the handlebars from the saddle. The purpose of this is to position the knees over the toes, but not past them. For most riders, moving the seat to the middle and making slight adjustments often works the best.
When it comes to adjusting the handlebars, you want your spine to remain in a neutral position with just a slight bend at your elbows.
Before you ride, make sure all of the knobs on the bike are tight and secure, and firmly screwed in place.
We also strongly recommend investing in a pair of good cycling shoes, which will fit directly into the bike’s pedals. If you don’t want to wear cycling shoes, most models will come with toe cages that are highly adjustable.
If you’ve ordered a new bike online and discovered from spin bike customer reviews that the process is actually extensive, Amazon currently offers professional assembly for many of their models. Another option is to take your spin bike to your local bike shop and pay to have it professionally assembled there. Of course, an issue with this latter option is getting the bike back home once it’s fully assembled.