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Bike Shops Marion IA

Bicycle shops offer different kinds of bicycles such as BMX bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, kid's bike and bike frames. See below to find local bicycle shops in Marion that give access to other bike supplies including bike parts, bike tires, bike wheels, cycling clothes, cycling shoes, cycling pedals, as well as advice and content on bicycle lights and bicycle accessories.

Northtowne Limited Cycling & Fitness
(319) 393-6557
1150 Blairs Ferry Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Iowa's Two Wheel Community
(319) 363-8318
1129 28th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Cedar Rapids Billiards
(319) 396-8811
221 Edgewood Rd Nw
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 743-3066
4651 1st Ave Se, #1
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Hall Bicycle Company
(319) 362-1052
419 2nd Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Kar City Bicycles
(319) 363-9178
622 Center Point Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Electra Bike Shop Cedar Rapids
(309) 795-6496
1150 Blairs Ferry Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Hall Bicycle Company
(319) 362-1052
419 2nd Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Northtowne Limited Cycling
(319) 393-6557
1150 Blairs Ferry Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Toys R US
(319) 396-0445
2425 Wiley Blvd Sw
Cedar Rapids, IA
 

Bicycle Sizing

 



Are you are investigating options to tweak your bike - new stem, seat adjustment - to make it more comfortable? Or are you are considering buying a new frame? If so you will find there is a lot of folk lore and personal bias about correct sizing floating around. Fortunately there is some good science as well. The following is an attempt to pull together some consistent guidance from what what I found available on the WWW. Unless stated otherwise, this pertains to road bikes, not mountain bikes or hybrids.

First, you need your measurements. Bicycle Fitting Information - Body Measurements gives definitions and a few ideas on how to take measurements on yourself (inseam, etc.).

A good place to start your search is at the Colorado Cyclist website. As women often have unique siaing questions and problems, the Terry Bicycles webpage, which is from a company that touts itself as specializing in women's frames, may be helpful.

Here are some additional of interest.

  • bicycleuniverse.info - a very simple overview of the key sizing issues to consider.

  • How to Fit a Bicycle - middle of the road (complexity wise) overview of considerations for a good bike fit.

  • Making a Bicycle Fit - more detail than you might want about what goes into a good bike fit. Self described as a "treatise to help set up a road bike properly, either for racing, touring, or more relaxed riding."

  • BILL BOSTON CYCLES - additional fit parameters - that influence your overall fit, comfort and efficiency on a bike (top tube, seat tube, crank, etc.).

  • Sports Medicine "Proper Bike Fit Can Prevent Pain and Injury" - includes a short comment on sizing and it's impact on neck pain, knee pain, foot numbness, hand numbness, and saddle sores. (You can find additional information on these items in the Table of Contents under Medical Issues .

  • Competition Bicycle Size/ Proportions Analysis - a bit more technical. Contains a number of calculators including one that can help you find the right frame size for you.

  • The CARE exchange - A site by riders for riders involved with charity/fundraising cycling events - Troubleshoots Common Bike Fit Problems (for those suspecting they might have issues resulting from the wrong bike fit).

  • A mailing list for framebuilders amateur or pro, any material, any design, classic lugged road bikes to composite recumbents, ordinaries to unicycles.
  • Following are reprints of a couple of interesting articles I ran across that may be of interest.

    I. An extract from an article on the web site of Malcolm Firth - Senior Coach, Association of British Cycling Coaches

    that may help to answer some of your questions about leg length and seat angles. His suggestions are based on analysis of data he gathered from various sources.

    ".......The two main measurements required for a correctly sized road frame are the seat tube and top tube lengths. These, together with the seat tube angle are the parts of the frame most inf...

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