Chip Wamsley knows bicycle safety.
And as the owner of Wamsley Cycles in Morgantown, he sees too many people on bikes that don’t fit them properly.
Wamsley said when fitting a bike, riders should make sure they can stand over the bicycle comfortably when they stand flat on their feet “so when you hop off the bicycle, you’re not going to be touching the bar and hurting yourself.”
He also said riders should have a bicycle that’s large enough that they can raise the seat. When a bike has been properly fitted, riders’ toes should be touching the ground when they’re sitting on the seat.
“You should be touching the ground with your tiptoes, but relative to the pedals so your legs can get a full extension,” he added.
Wamsley said a common mistake riders make is sitting on the bike and having their entire foot touching the ground.
“Those who do that, when they lift their foot up to go to the pedal, on the upstroke of pedaling their knees bend more and can be very hurtful to the knees,” he said.
Getting a bike that fits a rider is important for efficiency as well as safety.
“If you got a bike that was too big and you hopped off, you could hurt yourself,” Wamsley said. “You can also hurt yourself if you get a bike that’s too small and your knees are all jammed up because you’re not getting a full extension.”
Chip Wamsley knows bicycle safety.
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