Finding the right bicycle saddle height will help you avoid saddle sores and will give you a more comfortable and enjoyable ride. However, saddle height adjustment has always been a little tricky. A good bike shop can determine it scientifically, but here is a quick and easy way to estimate the bicycle saddle height that fits you.
Here’s how to find the right bicycle saddle height:
1. Set cleats.
With your cycling shoes on, run marking tape along the instep and then mark it at the widest point of your foot. Then align the center of the cleat with that line, or up to two centimeters behind it.
2. Assume a natural riding position.
Using a trainer, pedal for 15 minutes and then extend your right leg assuming the position of a clock’s little hand pointing to 5:30. Most of the time, riders’ heels rise as they pedal. Lift your heels two centimeters above your pedal when your leg is extended.
3. Measure your knee angle.
Lower of raise your saddle. Have someone measure your knee bend. You should aim for 25-35 degrees. That is the most ideal spot for generating maximum power.
4. Set fore/aft position.
With cranks level, lower a plumb bob from the front of your kneecap to the point where the spindle makes contact with the crank arm. If you do not have a plumb bob, get a 30-inch piece of string and tie a small heavy object at the end of the string. If the line falls behind or in front of the spindle, slide your saddle back or forward and the check again.
Measure from the center of the bottom bracket to the seat top. Then drop the plumb bob from your saddle tip and measure from the string to the center of the bottom bracket. Record both numbers and mark the correct position on your seatpost and saddle rails.
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