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How to set the saddle height on your bike

How to set the saddle height on your bike

Changing your saddle height right is the most important adjustment you can make to the fit of your bike. In this guide, we will explain…

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Changing your saddle height right is the most important adjustment you can make to the fit of your bike. In this guide, we will explain how to determine your correct saddle height on a bicycle, including how to set the fore/aft position of the saddle, as well as tilt.

While this guide focuses on setting the saddle height for a road bike , it applies equally to mountain bikes , hybrids or any other type of bicycle.

One key note before we begin: there is no such thing as simply setting your bike saddle height’ and being done with it. However, there is such a thing as ‘setting your saddle’.

The difference? Seat height, the saddle’s fore/aft position, and tilt should all be addressed simultaneously to ‘set your bike seat’. Get all three of these things right and you’ll be set to have a comfortable and efficient ride. Get any of the three wrong and it can lead riders off the bike or riding in discomfort. How to set saddle height on a bike

Let’s begin by determining where your bike seat is now by taking a couple of measurements so you can learn from the changes you make, and what the difference is between a good seat position, a better position and the best position possible.

The three critical measurements to consider are saddle height, fore/aft, and tilt.

There are several ways to measure these, but the methods described below allow anybody with a tape measure and a smartphone to accomplish this task.It’s […]

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