Spin Straight Out Of The Box: How To Set Up Your Spin Bike
August 16, 2021
You’ve just purchased a spin bike. Congrats!
But you have to know how to set it up quickly so you don’t waste time that can be put to better use, such as by giving it a test run.
Is assembling a spin bike difficult? The good news about spin bike assembly is that it doesn’t take a lot of time or require lots of effort.
Don’t worry if it’s your first time putting together your spin bike. Here’s everything you need to know.
How To Set Up Spin Bike Easily
Step One: Read The Instructions
Every spin bike model will have instructions included in the box and these are important to read through so that you can see if you’ve got all the tools you need to assemble the bike.
Usually, quality spin bikes will come with tools provided to assemble them, such as an Allen wrench. Still, it’s good to have some handy tools that you might need during the process. These include:
#1 and #2 Phillips head screwdriver
Step Two: Flip Over The Box
To make it easier to remove the spin bike from the box, you should open the top of the box so that its flaps are open at the sides.
Then, with the help of another person, you should turn the box over and gently rest it on the floor so that it’s upright and the flaps are open. Hold the box and slide it upwards so that you can reveal the bike.
Remove all the bike components and place them on the floor so that you can easily find them when assembling the bike.
Step Three: Assemble The Bike’s Stabilizer Bars
Your bike will have a front stabilizer bar and back stabilizer bar that will need to be installed. To make this easier, you’ll find that your spin bike might have alignment markings on it.
These essentially ensure that the front and back bars will be aligned to keep your bike straight. When putting on the front stabilizer, always make sure that the bike’s wheels are pointed towards the front of the bike.
Step Four: Assemble The Bike Seat
To do this, you will have to hold the bike’s seat post and pull the pop pin with your other hand. This will allow you to slide the bike’s seat into place. For increased convenience, your spin bike might have a pre-assembled saddle.
Step Five: Assemble The Handlebars
Assembling the bike’s handlebars is similar to assembling the seat. All you have to do is hold the handlebars with one hand, pull the pop pin with your other hand, and slide the handlebars onto the spin bike’s frame. It couldn’t be easier!
Step Six: Assemble The Pedals
Your bike is taking shape! You now have to put on its pedals. Check which one is meant to be on the right and which one is the left pedal.
When putting on the pedals, make sure you tighten them properly. But, to avoid confusion and frustration, you should note that your right pedal has to be turned clockwise to get tightened.
Step Seven: Make Small Adjustments To The Seat And Handlebars
You want to ensure that the bike will accommodate your height and weight, so you will have to adjust your seat and handlebars. You can do this easily. Here are some easy tips to follow so that your bike will be ready to go.
Ensure that the top of the bike saddle is in line with the top of your hip when you stand next to the bike. If the seat is too high or low, you’ll have to adjust it then ensure that the pop pin clicks into place so it’s secure.
To ensure your seat is properly aligned with your handlebars, you need to place your elbow on the edge of the saddle and move the saddle either forwards or backwards until your fingers make contact with the bike’s resistance knob. Your handlebars should be a bit higher than your seat height to begin with. This setup will be especially beneficial if you’re overweight or experience back issues.
Sit on the bike and check that you can extend your leg with a slight bend at your knee. If you have to stretch your legs too much to reach the pedals, then you’ll need to lower the seat to ensure a more comfortable cycling session. On the other hand, if your knee is too bent, you will need to raise the seat.
When you pedal, you want to ensure that the balls of your feet are placed over the center of the pedals. When you adjust your bike seat forward or backwards, make sure that when the pedals are in line with each other your front knee will be directly above the center of the pedal.
Where Should You Place Your Spin Bike?
Once you’ve assembled your spin bike, you’ll have to ensure you place it in a good spot in the home. Here are some important tips to bear in mind.
Make sure you have enough space for the bike. Exercise bikes are not that large. You’re looking at the smallest footprint being about 22 inches in width by 32 inches in length, while the largest footprint is about 25 inches in width by approximately 49 inches in length. You will need to ensure that there’s enough space all around the bike so that you can use it safely and effectively. Different bike manufacturers will state different space requirements for the bike, so it’s worth checking the bike’s instruction manual.
Have enough space for a workout shelf or table. While you want to have enough room to get on and off the bike and pedal comfortably, you also need to have enough space in the room for all your bike accessories. A shelf or table will come in handy to enable you to store items such as your water bottle, towel, earphones, and cell phone if you’re live-streaming a fitness class. Having these within easy reach will ensure you avoid being distracted during, or having to pause, your workout.
Think about buying a spin bike mat. A spin bike is usually safe enough for any type of floor, including a carpet. However, you might find that after a lot of training and vigorous exercise sessions the floor or carpet will become damaged by the bike. To prevent this from happening, you should purchase a bike mat that you’ll place underneath the bike. This not only protects your floor but will ensure that the bike stays in place during your workout instead of wobbling around. If your bike is upstairs, this mat will also work well to absorb vibrations and reduce the bike’s sound.
Make your surroundings better. You should ensure that the place in the home where you work out inspires you and makes you want to climb onto the bike. If the space is cluttered or makes you feel stressed, such as because it reminds you of work you need to do, that’s not going to make you want to exercise. Make sure the space is clean, uncluttered, and invigorating, such as by offering views of nature from a window.
Think about other members of your household. While a spin bike is generally not that noisy to use, if you’re going to be working out for long periods of time in a small space, your cycling might interfere with other members of your household. For example, if you like early workouts, this could disrupt your partner’s sleep. On the other hand, a bustling living room when your kids get home from school could cause you to lack the focus you need to get through your spin cycle session. These are all things to consider when choosing the best place for your bike.
How noisy are spin bikes?
When setting up your spin bike in the home, you’ll naturally think about how much noise it will produce. Generally, spin bikes release about 55dB, which is the equivalent to the sound released by a tower fan or washing machine.
Do you need to wear cycling gloves when spinning at home?
Although you might think you don’t need cycling gloves when you’re not cycling outdoors, you should wear them to protect your hands from aches and pains. Cycling gloves also prevent nerve compression which can be painful and lead to numbness.
You’re ready to use your spin bike, but you first have to make sure that it’s been properly assembled and that it’s in the right place in your home.
In this article, we’ve looked at everything you need to know to set up your bike and place it in the best spot for the most effective workouts.
Billy Hughes is a fitness trainer based out of New York. She has registered success in training clients at multiple fitness centers and thus aims to establish her module relevant to the post-pandemic era. Her space, Cerevellum.com, is an attempt towards encouraging and educating more people on the scope of indoor fitness. She believes the power of fitness can transform attitude, personality, and way of living. She also finds it rewarding to help people achieve their goals and make their lives better.