Is my bike too small?
July 17, 2014 4:43 PM Subscribe
I am a 5'8" woman who rides a 56cm (large) Specialized Tricross
. I do not race on this bike — I have it set up for commuting and use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets.
Or, I *would* use it to ride Houston's pot-holed streets, except riding it for any longer than a couple of miles is pretty uncomfortable.
I did have the bike fitted when I bought it, but I realize a bike shop can't judge how I'm going to feel riding it. I had the handlebars raised and tilted for my height, but when I ride I run into two primary problems:
I feel like I'm not sitting on my sit bones and I sometimes have to hang my ass off the back of the seat to not be miserable sitting on my girl parts, and
My wrists, forearms and shoulders KILL ME after a few miles.
I am not a super-experienced cyclist, so this might be a case of bike style — where I'm leaning forward quite a bit and just need to build up the muscle in my core to take the weight off my arms? I am also not a perfect square — my arms are shorter than my legs.
Or it might be a case of just needing to have the bike properly fitted. I really like the shop I bought it from and could definitely go back there to have it adjusted for free.
If it's the bike style that's the problem, I can consider switching to an upright bike, but I'd also like tips on how to build up the endurance to ride this bike, as I really love everything about it except riding it (ha). Someday I would eventually like to do a long ride on this bike.
Any tips on building strength and/or what to look for when they fit the bike are welcome.