What Size Bike Do I Need?

Senior finance executive Reid Hackney worked in the retail industry for more than four decades. Now retired, the Penn State graduate focuses much of his time on the outdoors. Reid Hackney enjoys hiking and biking around San Antonio, Texas.

Choosing a bicycle that is the correct height is key to enjoying an efficient and comfortable ride. There are several methods of finding the bike size you need, but the easiest is to consult a size chart. These simple charts tell you how long the bike’s seat tube should be for your height.

While simple, a size chart is not the most accurate method. Many riders prefer calculating bike size according to their inside leg measurement.

To obtain your inseam measurement, stand upright in bare feet, and measure the distance between the ground and the spot where your leg joins your torso. Once you have your inseam measurement, you can look for a bike that fits you.

Pay attention to the bike’s stand-over height, the distance between the ground and the top tube. Ideally, your inseam will be at least two centimeters greater than the bike’s stand-over height.

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Historic and Natural Cycling Courses in San Antonio

San Antonio River Walk
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Reid Hackney is a Penn State graduate with a leadership background in San Antonio that includes a past position with AGACI as chief financial officer. An outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys exploring the region’s cycling trails in his free time.

Many areas residents don’t realize that the Alamo City offers 75 miles of multi-use cycling routes, with the Mission Reach at San Antonio River Walk being an ideal starting point. Traversing 10 miles, the route takes in a diverse watershed ecosystem, as well as many of the area’s historic missions. A highlight is the Mission San José, which offers guided tours. Missions San José and Concepción also offer abundant eateries.

For those seeking more natural environs, the Leon Creek Greenway offers 20 miles of natural and paved trails that take in rolling and moderately steep terrain. Cycling up to Military Drive provides excellent views of fields blanketed with wildflowers in season, as well as limestone bluffs.