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Saddle orientation(3 posts)

Saddle orientationmackgoo
Aug 11, 2001 12:18 PM
Just finished reading "Lance Armstrong's training program". Good read by the way. Any way in the book it discusses how I think it was Hinault taught Lance to use a carpenters level to set up his seat level. Lance did that and has stuck with that set up ever since. I did that today and I tell you it was great. My seat I have found very comfortable, but set up this way I was not even aware of the seat.
I have always read to set the front up some, I don't know who came up with this idea, possibly a massocist or some one who doesn't ride and they get a chuckle when ever they see a bike with the nose of the seat pointing up.
DependsRich Clark
Aug 11, 2001 12:46 PM
I level my saddles as well. But I know riders who then add a notch of upward tilt -- probably not enough to be really noticeable by eye, but they say it helps with positioning and feels fine on long rides.

There are too many variables, IMO, to settle on *any* hard-and-fast rules when it comes to bicycle fit. Heck, if you look at the differences between various saddles themselves, you'll see that "level" can mean something different on a Flite than it does on a Velo. And the amount of drop to the bars can have a fairly profound effect when optimizing saddle angle as well.

Aug 11, 2001 3:44 PM
I normally set my saddles approximately level but my new SLR needs a fair amount of nose down tilt to get it to feel 'right'. go figure!

IMHO, a carpenter level is never the 'right' answer for this component setup.