Ask the Expert: Handlebar setup question

Tom Scotto weighs in on a question about setting up the handlebar position on the bike.An ICA member asked about using the arm to determine the distance between the seat and the handlebars:

Hi Jennifer,

I’ve been a spin instructor for a bunch of years now and I keep seeing people using their forearm to measure the distance between the saddle and the handlebars.  Is this even accurate?  Please advise. Thanks

I turned to Tom Scotto for the answer to this question. We will have much more shortly on proper set-up on the bike, but this is a quick and easy way to set up the handlebars if you have handlebars with a sliding fore-aft. Keep in mind that this is not how you determine the position of the saddle – that should be set up so that the knee is lined up directly over the pedal spindle. (More on that soon!)

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