Stock bike setups are often stacked against women and smaller adult cyclists - here’s how to achieve a better fit

From frame size to stance width, crank length to brake levers, here's eight common issues faced by smaller adult cyclists – and a bike fitter’s advice on how to overcome them

Image shows a small adult cyclist riding a bike
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Falling outside the bell curve when it comes to height can have its disadvantages in life – but it gives rise to a particular set of issues when you are a cyclist. Whilst being on the very tall end of the spectrum can also be a challenge, being on the short end is more common and presents more people with issues.

Now, short doesn’t always equate to small, but those who are short in stature will generally also have small features such as feet, hands and leg length.

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Nicole Oh is a physiotherapist and bike fitter, with training in biomechanical assessments, sports injury rehabilitation, acupuncture and clinical pilates.

A competitive cyclist with a background in triathlon, Nicole raced at National level in the UK, also managing and co-founding the Les Filles Racing Team. Having moved to Sydney, she works as a physiotherapist at The Body Mechanic and continues to race competitively.