What to do for short legs

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What to do for short legs

Post by Leojhartiv » September 7th, 2019, 10:13 am

I bought the BikeErg and I love it. My wife has recently taken an interest, but there’s a problem. She’s short, super short. 4’11”. When I lower the seat all the way to the bottom, she still has to stretch to reach the pedals.

Is there anything else I can do to help her use this equipment, other than platform shoes? :lol:

Thanks!

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by Citroen » September 7th, 2019, 10:51 am

On Monday pick up the phone and call Concept2 at 1-800 245 5676.

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by Leojhartiv » September 7th, 2019, 11:28 am

Okay. I guess I was hoping for advice from other community members that might have also encountered and solved this.

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by johnlvs2run » September 7th, 2019, 1:45 pm

Based on my measurements, anyone with an inseam of 28 inches or less would have the same issue.

I'm interested to know if there's a solution. Please report back with what you find out from C2.
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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by jamesg » September 8th, 2019, 6:23 am

Shorter cranks, but you'll have to find a length that suits all users.
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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by ColinMedway » September 9th, 2019, 3:15 pm

Hi Leo,
Go to the Concept site, select Bikeerg. Under ‘Specifications’, go to Seat Height and click on Fit Guide.
This will give you all the seat height maximum and minimum dimensions.
These are 28 to 37 inches with the standard seat tube, and 26 to 35 inches with the short seat tube. A check on leg length (from the floor to inseam), with shoes/trainers worn, may tell you if the Bikeerg will fit.
The correct seat height can be made by sitting on the seat with the heel of the extended leg touching the post. The leg should be relaxed and should feel comfortable. The shoes or trainers you normally wear should be worn.
I include this advice as I see so many casual cyclists with their seats set far too low, which makes for a very inefficient position on the bike.

In latter years, from 70 on, I have had to lower my seat position about 2 inches.
This is due to natural shrinkage from 5’ 9” to my present 5’ 6”. At this rate l will be under
5 foot by the time I’m 90!

Regards, Colin

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by johnlvs2run » September 9th, 2019, 5:06 pm

Click here for the Fit Guide.

An inseam height of 26 inches should work with the shorter post.

Unless I'm missing something, the BE rear leg would also need replacing, along with the seat post.
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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by ColinMedway » September 9th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Hi John,
Quite right, the Bikeerg rear post would need to be changed.
It would appear that the bike, in standard form, has the long post fitted.
You would need to specify the need for the short post version at the point of sale.
This is something Concept need to clarify to buyers when purchasing.

Regards, Colin

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by Leojhartiv » September 9th, 2019, 7:14 pm

Thanks everyone! Sounds like I have the option to get a shorter seat. Will take some measurements and explore that. Thanks again!

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by johnlvs2run » September 12th, 2019, 2:54 pm

As Colin says, give people the option when purchasing.
Here are the ranges:
seat post - - - - inseam
standard - - 28 to 37 inches
short - - - - - 26 to 35 inches
tall - - - - - - - 31 to 41 inches
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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by Leojhartiv » September 12th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Yeah I wish the option was available back when I bought it as the part is pretty expensive: ~150

That said, it’s great that this option is available.

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by Citroen » September 12th, 2019, 4:36 pm

Have you asked Concept2 what can be done? They're usually very responsive to customer's requests. Pick up the phone.

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by johnlvs2run » September 12th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Leojhartiv wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Yeah I wish the option was available back when I bought it as the part is pretty expensive: ~150
That's quite expensive. Does that include shipping?
Actually, considering the average height of a woman in the US is 5' 3, the short seat post and back leg would likely fit the most people, and the standard seat post would be too big for quite a few women. It seems to me that since they didn't give you the option, sent the erg and the post is too big for your wife, that they should replace it at no additional cost - since you already paid for the erg.
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age 70+ world record pace per weight percentages
skierg: 100m 87.4 / 500m 86.2 / 1k 85.9 / 2k 89.4 / 5k 87.6 / 10k 89.4 / 60' 92.0 / 21k 93.6
my training log

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Re: What to do for short legs

Post by ColinMedway » September 12th, 2019, 5:54 pm

Hi All,

I’ve been in contact with Concept in the UK, and the short seat post will be made available over here in a couple of months. It is currently available in the US.
I pointed out the lack of option choice at the point of sale, both in the UK and USA, and I hoped this would be improved upon in the future.
Regards to all, Colin

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