How do I know if my saddle height is too high?
Knee pain is one of the most common indicators of an incorrect saddle height. Typically, a saddle that is too low will result in pain at the front of the knee, but one that is too high creates pain behind the knee – or in the hamstrings as a result of overextension.
Is my seatpost too high?
If your saddle height is correct, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke (in the 6 o’clock position). When riding, if you encounter pain at the front of your knee, raise the saddle slightly. If you have pain in the back of the knee, drop the saddle.
How high should your bicycle seat be?
Place your heel on the pedal and pedal backwards to reach the six o’clock position. Your knee should be completely straight. If your knee is still bent you need to increase the height, adjusting in small increments each time, and if your heel loses contact with the pedal then you need to lower the saddle.
How do I lower my seatpost?
Adjust your seat height by loosening the pinch bolt where the seatpost slides into the frame. Twist the seat to raise or lower the post as needed and then tighten the bolt. Now get on your bike and place the ball of your foot directly on top of the pedal spindle, when the crank is at the bottom of the rotation.
Can I get a shorter seat post?
A seat post can be shortened as long as the new size respects the minimum insertion length of the seat post. If you cut the seat post too much, you risk damaging the seat tube.
How to choose the Right saddle height for your bike?
Locating the optimum saddle height is pretty much the foundation of bike fit – the distance between the bottom bracket and top of your seat plays a role in comfort as well as power output and overall performance.
Is your saddle too high or too low?
One of the most common indications of an incorrect saddle height is knee pain. Though there are of course others causes, and individual responses will vary, typically a saddle that is too low will result in pain at the front of the knee whilst one that is too high creates pain behind the knee – or in the hamstrings as a result of overextension.
Why is saddle height important?
“Getting your saddle height is important because you need to be comfortable when you ride, this will enable you to ride longer and to push harder. Getting the height right will also prevent injury – compression injuries from having it too low and over-stretching issues from having it too high.
How much should I drop my saddle height?
I’ve adjusted my saddle height and I’ve found a very comfortable position (I’m only 5 ft 8, shortish legs but very flexible hamstrings) and I’ve since searched how to perform a ‘proper’ bike fit. All the methods are saying I should drop my saddle by at least 4 or 5cm.