Myth: Indoor Cycles require a lot of Fore/Aft Saddle adjustment to accommodate the range of cyclists coming into your class.
Real bicycles only provide about 2" of total saddle adjustment (through the saddle frame rails) to properly fit the owner with their knee over the pedal spindle... so why are many Indoor Cycles designed with up to 9" of adjustment like the Spinner® NXT?
To make the riders comfortable, even if they ended up in a horribly wrong position, that's why.
This Myth goes all the way back to the very first Johnny G Spinners. Remember those?
The whole Spinning® thing was brand new. We were encouraging people who probably hadn't been on a bike for 20 years, to climb on and ride for 45 minutes.
Many most didn't have the flexibility to ride comfortably in the proper position and wanted to ride bolt upright. In those days the handlebars only moved up and down - not in and out. Raising the bars helped some, but moving the seat forward helped a lot!
So that's what riders did and God help you if you suggested otherwise 🙁
I'm guessing that Johnny knew exactly how to properly fit a rider to a bicycle. But I also believe that he and his early partners understood that if people aren't comfortable, they won't come back = end of the program.
Notice how the original Johnny G Spinners above appears to have far less travel than the NXT below that offers a whopping 9" (4 1/2" either way of center)?
I need to credit Schwinn for being the first manufacture (that I'm aware of) with the courage rein in the amount of saddle travel (in part by offering handlebars with Fore/Aft adjustment. The AC Performance is limited to about an 1" or so either way from center. The FreeMotion S11 series has a similar amount of travel because that's all they need 🙂
You can read the rest of my Myth series here.
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