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fit/position question(4 posts)

fit/position questionEpicX
May 4, 2002 11:43 AM
was wondering if anyone else has noticed this. Is it just me, or does it seem like most of the people you see riding have their saddles really high? Watching some of the races on OLN, it seems that most pros have a MUCH greater bend in the knee when pedaling than most riders i encounter. any thoughts? just for grins, i dropped my saddle 3-4mm today. it felt noticeably more comfortable and powerful.
re: fit/position questiongtx
May 4, 2002 2:13 PM
I raise and lower my seat slightly depending on what kind of shape I'm in, and depending on the season--so a bit lower in winter when I'm not in as good shape/flexible and the roads are wetter. And on the mtb it's about 1.5 - 2 cm lower than the road bike and you end up farther back on the seat. I do see a lot of people with their seats too high--it's obvious when the person's hips rock back and forth as they pedal. I always almost want to say something but figure it would come off as obnoxious so I keep it to myself.
I've been noticing the same thing. I dropped my saddlebill
May 4, 2002 5:30 PM
a couple of cm, and I feel more power through the bottom of the stroke.
Some people have said that the most power comes from raising the saddle as high as possible without rocking, but I think that's too high. Actually, the heel on the pedal method works out just about right for me. I don't know; I may experiment with a slightly lower saddle (I'm mad I tell you! Mad! HAHAAHHAHHAHAAHAA!!!!)
re: fit/position questionMr Good
May 4, 2002 7:20 PM
Despite all the detailed formulas out there, I think that bike fit is as much art and "feel" as it is science. Following the recommendations of "pro" bike fitters (people trained to use serrota size cycle system, and other fitters) leaves me on a frame that's too big, and with my legs overextended. After years of riding and racing I've also found that a slightly lower saddle gives me more comfort, more power, and less fatigue on the bike. Most pros don't have their seat "as high as possible without locking the knee" (a common recommendation). Most pro riders have a lower saddle position because they have to tolerate such long days in the saddle, and it's a little more comfortable.

I also have found that I ride best with my knee farther behind the pedal axle--like 2-4 cm back. I'm not trying to go against the grain! But after being honest with myself, and trying different positions, this is what works for me--I can't ride in the "KOPS" position.

If someone tells you that you "have to" set your bike up a certain way, take their advice politely but with a grain of salt. You're the one who has to ride the bike, so set it up as it works for you!