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I've got a kid's 24" bike - but I'm an adult. Answered

At 5'8", I can still ride it, but I find myself hunching over. Any suggestions on what I can do to make the bike more adult-friendly?

I took it to the bike shop and had the handle raised a bit, and the seat's pretty low already. Do I just have to cave and get a real bike? :(


The seat should be high enough so that when sitting on it you can place your foot flat on the pedal.

Then adjust the handlebars for a comfortable position.

If you are unable to do this then the frame is too small for you.

check out www.atomiczombie.com , There are all kinds of ideas for "re-imagining" a childs bike into a custom "adults" toy


7 years ago

If you had to go to the bike shop to raise the bars, TRY THIS: http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Men-s-Roadmaster-Mountain-Sport-All-Terrain-Bike/13398147?findingMethod=rr

If you plan on riding it you need it to fit you better. More than just uncomfortable you can cause back, knee, hip,wrist etc. injuries.

Besides an adult looks silly riding a kids sized bike. lol

Oh, come on! A brightly colored jumpsuit, a nice cylindrical hat, maybe some oversized floppy shoes. He'll look perfectly fine!


7 years ago

I think you're going to have to bite the bullet and a get a bike that fits you. You'll find a properly fitted bike to be a tremendous improvement in both comfort and efficiency - not only will you go faster, it also won't hurt as much!

Honestly, if you're hunching, and especially if your legs are rising above your waist when peddling, you need a larger frame. You're going to do damage to your back that way. If you can afford a purchase, cave. You'll be happier for it in the long run. If you can't afford a purchase, well, the answers kinda obvious...save.