How to Measure the Wheelbase of a Bike

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A bicycles wheelbase is a rather simple measurement to make. Comparing wheelbases of different models of bicycles will help establish what types of activities the bike will perform best. Also, riders may find a wheelbase they find most comfortable for their type of riding.

Lay the bicycle on its side. You may also want to ask someone to hold the other end of the tape measure while taking the measurement.

Measure from the hub, or centre, of one wheel to the hub of the other. The hubs are in the centre of the wheel and are directly above the point on the wheel where it is in contact with the road. This measurement is the wheelbase of the bicycle.

Set the bicycle up to ride again.

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