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FORWARD PEDALING For SHORT Bike Riders | Bicycle Tips for SHORT RIDERS


Hi guys. Alana here with Sixthreezero. Today, we're going to talk about why forward pedaling is essential for short bike riders. Stay tuned.


All right, before we get into forward peddling, I just want to remind you guys to make sure to hit subscribe so you can stay up to date with all of our content, tips, and tricks, ride alongs, and help our channel grow. First of all, what is forward peddling? If you're not familiar with it, it's pretty straight forward. Typically, with a normal bike that you would see, this down tube right here is going straight down, bringing the pedals directly below the seat. As you can see with this bike, which is the EVRYjourney, we have forward pedaling so the down tube is angled so the pedals are not directly below the seat. So what does that mean and why is that great for short riders? Well, if you're short like me, and for reference, I'm 5'1, one of the biggest struggles with riding a bike is when you come to a stop, you have to put your feet down and you can't reach the ground. You wobble back and forth until you catch your balance. Hopefully, you don't fall over.

But the great thing about a forward peddling design is that you can actually lower your seat as much as you want so that you can put your feet flat on the ground anytime you come to a stop. And this is great because basically the pedals are moved forward, so you can still get full leg extension wall pedaling, but you can still keep your seat lower. So with the normal bike, you would have to sacrifice one or the other. Either sacrifice getting full leg extension by keeping your seat low or sacrifice being able to put your feet on the ground by keeping your seat up, but maintaining good leg extension. So that is why a forward pedaling bike is going to be great for short riders, but not only for short riders, also great for anyone who's just learning how to ride a bike or is not that comfortable on a bike.


Having the forward pedals and being able to lower your seat is really going to help with catching your balance, which is one of the biggest, I'd say, struggles with new riders. And especially with new e-bike riders where you're not used to going as fast and where you get nervous and tend to put your feet down at any given time, you don't have to worry about toppling over. So let's show you what that looks like.

All right. Mounting this bike is super easy. As soon as I swing my leg over, you can see that my feet are flat on the ground. I'm not even holding the handlebars or anything and I'm able to sit down. So right away, I feel safe and comfortable on the bike. And another thing I to mention earlier is that having the forward pedaling is also great for your posture and great for any hip or knee tension that you might have. Because as opposed to a normal bike, where all of your weight is going directly down and all of your force is going directly down, your body is in a more relaxed position with your legs pushed forward. So that means less tension on your knees, less tension on your hips as you're pedaling. All right. Let's start right.


So getting full leg extension, and I'll just come to a quick stop so you can see how easy it is to catch your balance. Simple, just put your feet down, no worrying about leaning to either side, and easy to get started pedaling again, too. All right. That it covers forward pedaling. If you don't have a bike yet, and you're short like me, shopping for a bike, make sure that that is on your checklist. Definitely look for a bike with forward pedaling. This is the EVRYjourney. And actually, we have a sizing video of women ranging from, I think, 4'11 to 6'2 on this bike. So you can check it out and compare how you would fit the bike versus a rider of the same height. So check it out. We'll link it below. Thank you for watching. If you have any questions about forward pedaling or electro bikes or anything that you want us to cover, make sure to leave it in the comments below and we'll do our best to get to it. So don't forget, it's our journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.

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