Got a New MYX II Fitness Bike? Here's How to Set It UpFeb 4, 2022
At last, your sleek, new MYX II Bike has arrived. Your shoes are on tight, your towel and water bottle are close at hand. You’re 100 percent ready to experience the awesome, totally personalized, studio-quality at-home cycling experience that only the MYX II Bike and Openfit cycling can deliver.
But before you hit the virtual road, you’ll want to take a couple of minutes to make sure your new bike is properly set up and adjusted for you. This ensures you get a great workout, maximum comfort, and reduced risk of injury.
How to Set Up Your New MYX Bike
If you’re going to spend hours in the saddle each week, it’ll help to make sure your bike’s seat and handlebars are positioned properly. Here’s how to fully customize your bike so it’s the perfect fit for you.
Adjusting seat height
The goal in this step is to set your seat to the height of your hip bone.
- Stand next to your bike seat with your feet flat on the floor. Then, lift the knee that’s closest to the seat, and place the palm of your hand on the top of your thigh, at your hip.
If your seat is higher or lower than your palm, you’ll want to adjust your seat height accordingly.
To adjust seat height:
- Find the pin located at the base of the slide bar, and turn the knob until the seat post loosens. Make sure to support the seat with your other hand as you pull out the pin and adjust the seat height.
- Once you’ve found your desired height, release the pin so it engages in the correct position hole, and tighten the knob until you hear a click to secure it in place.
Adjusting seat depth
Place your elbow at the nose of the seat (the part facing forward) and extend your forearm to the front — your fingertips should just barely graze the base of your handlebars.
To adjust the seat forward or backward:
- Locate the knob underneath the seat and loosen it to move the seat to your desired depth.
- Repeat the fingertip test to make sure the seat is properly adjusted, then retighten the knob and make sure your seat is secure before moving on to the next step.
Adjusting handlebar height
The handlebars should be at seat height or higher. If you prefer a more upright position (or if you’re pregnant), you might want to position your handlebars higher for greater comfort.
To adjust the handlebar height:
- Have another person support the weight of the handlebars from underneath, then loosen the knob and pull the pin outward to disengage from the position hole.
- Raise or lower the bars to a comfortable position, then release the pin to engage in the position hole at the height of your choice, and tighten the knob to secure it in place.
Adjusting handlebar depth
For your comfort, you may want to adjust the depth of your handlebars using the knob in the center of the bars.
To adjust the handlebar depth:
- Loosen the knob and slide the handlebars into the position that feels best to you.
- Once you find the right spot, turn the knob to secure the handlebars in place.
Before Getting on the Bike
One important safety reminder: Make sure the area around your bike is clear of any obstacles that could get in the way. Keep children, pets, and any objects away from the bike. The wheels move fast when you’re pedaling, which can be dangerous if obstructed.
The MYX II’s bike pedals are dual access. One side features cages, which will work with any exercise shoe, while the other side is embedded with SPD clips, which are made specifically for cycling shoes.
When it comes to your footwear, we recommend cycling shoes for their improved stability and security on the bike. Before purchasing cycling shoes, make sure they’re compatible with SPD clips, and be sure to follow the instructions that came along with them to properly install the cleats to the bottom of each shoe.
If you’re not wearing cycling shoes, stiff-soled sneakers used with the cages are a good alternative. If you’re wearing sneakers with laces, make sure the laces are tied and tucked away. When all that’s done, you’re ready to get on the bike.
How to Safely Clip In to Your MYX Bike
Clipping in with cycling shoes
To get on your bike:
- Stand with your feet on either side of the bike. Make sure the pedal you’re clipping in to is in its lowest position, flat, and clip-side up.
- With your foot on the pedal, slide the lip of the cleat down into the pedal, until you hear a click, then press your heel down.
- Once you hear a second click, you know the cleat is secure. Once that’s done, have a seat and secure the other shoe the same way.
Strapping in with sneakers
To get on your bike:
- Stand with your feet on either side of the bike.
- Place one foot in the pedal’s cage, with the widest part of your foot over the axis of the pedal, then take a seat on your bike. Place the other foot in the other cage.
- One at a time, slowly reach down and pull the straps to tighten the pedal’s cage. You’ll want a snug fit, but don’t overtighten.
- Thread the excess strap through the clip and, if desired, tuck it away.
Testing Your Bike’s Settings
Once your feet are secure, extend one leg so that that pedal is at the 6-o’clock position. What you’re looking for is a slight bend in the knee of your extended leg.
- If the bend in your leg is too big, you’ll need to raise the seat.
- If your leg is straight with no bend in your knee, you’ll need to lower the seat.
Once your feet are secure, bring one foot to a forward, 3-o’clock position — your kneecap should be over the center of your foot.
- If your knee is in front of the ball of your foot, you’ll need to move the seat back.
- If your knee is too far back, you’ll need to move the seat forward.
Place your hands on the outside corners of the handlebars and check to make sure you have a slight bend in your elbows.
- If they’re straight, you’ll need to raise the handlebars.
- If they’re bent too far, lower the handlebars.
If you’re tall and your seat is all the way back, and you feel you need to move the handlebars farther away from you, you can make that adjustment by loosening the knob on top of the handlebars and sliding them away from you to reach your desired depth. Once it’s in place, retighten the knob.
Getting Off Your Bike
To get off your bike safely, unclip or uncage one foot at a time.
If you’re unclipping your cycling shoes:
- Make sure the pedal is at its lowest position. Twist your heel outward, then pull your foot up and away from the pedal.
- Next, pedal your other foot to the lowest position, placing the first foot flat on the ground. From there, you’ll unclip your other foot.
If you’re wearing regular sneakers,
- Make sure the pedal is at its lowest position. Loosen each cage’s straps one at a time. Slowly slip one foot out and to the ground.
- Repeat this on the other side.
Congratulations! That’s everything you need to know to start riding your new MYX bike! If you’re sharing this bike, we recommend writing down your settings so you can quickly and easily reset your bike before use.
See you in class!