What is the proper way to get on and off of a bike?
I was at the LBS looking for my first bike and tried one out just for sizing purposes. It was a Trek mountain bike with a 19 inch frame I believe. I am 6'1 with a 33 inch inseam and about 290 pounds. I could barely get my leg over the seat to get on. I mean barely and it was pretty shaky at that. While sitting on the bike I noticed my feet would just barely reach the ground with my tippy toes. I felt very unstable and shaky but I was just assuming it it because I am fat and out of shape and I haven't been on a bike in 33 years. (I am 53). The dealer had me stand over the frame and my goods were resting on it with some, but very little, room to spare. Then he had me get up on the seat, (very shaky again) while he was holding the handlebars and front wheel, and peddle the thing backwards looking at the placement of my legs etc. When we were finished and I got off of the bike I almost lost it but he gave me a helping hand to save me from a spill.
Before I went in I had already decided I wanted a Trek 7.2 fx so it was just a matter of determining the size I needed. For me it would be either a 17.5 or a 20 inch frame. The dealer said he has never put a 6'1 man on a 17.5 inch bike before and it would be too small. But the 20 inch frame will be even bigger (taller?) then the one I almost fell off of.
Do you guys think I will get used to getting on and off of the bike? Maybe as I get in better shape and can lift my legs higher? Hence my question, what is the proper way to get on and off of the bike? Should I lean it towards me as I try to mount it? Is the seat supposed to be that high? I know they can be raised, can they be lowered? I have no doubt I can ride the bike once I am mounted. But first I must get on the thing.
All things I should have asked the dealer while I had his attention, I know.... I will call him tomorrow afternoon. Thing is we already ordered a 20 inch model on his advice. But I have been thinking about it all day today and wonder if I will be able to get on it.
This is a small local dealer and he doesn't have fancy computers and fitting equipment or whatever the big shops have. The next dealer is two hours away and that is a little far to use for service and maintenance so I want to go with this local guy.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Sorry so long. Thanks for reading.