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saddle tilt question(6 posts)

saddle tilt questiongsxrawd
Sep 6, 2002 1:02 AM
I went riding last week with a friend and I noticed that his saddle is tilted down about 20 degrees or so I asked him why, his reply is that by tilting it down it keeps you from being steril. Is this just pure non sense? The only thing I see is your arm getting tired from supporting your body so you don't slide off the seat. who's right?
re: saddle tilt questionDave Hickey
Sep 6, 2002 2:20 AM
It's a personal choice, but I like a level saddle or slightly raised in the nose. Tilting the nose down puts too much pressure on my hands and my butt slides forward putting MORE pressure on sensitive areas.
Sep 6, 2002 4:27 AM
Seemed counter-intuitive to me at first. I kept lowering the nose of my saddle and it still hurt. Then I read a few posts saying level or raised is usually better and made some adjustments. With the nose of my saddle slightly elevated (maybe 3 degrees...guessing) I sit on my sit boned and they're supported on the wide part of the saddle. No more sliding forward and having all my weight crushing soft areas against the nose of the saddle, and no more pain. Of course everyone is different and needs to find what works for them. This is just what works for me.

re: saddle tilt questionPEDDLEFOOT
Sep 6, 2002 4:57 AM
I used to ride with the nose of the saddle tilted slightly down for the same reason until a friend corrected me.I was told this would help with the numb nuts problem but it never did.Then i started riding with the saddle as close to horizontal as I could get it.It is slightly tilted back a few degrees but it made all the difference in the world to me.I also found out that the back problems disappeared.Never will I ride nose down again.
you're righttarwheel
Sep 6, 2002 6:28 AM
Riding with the nose of the saddle tilted down causes you to shift forward, putting more pressure on the sensitive areas as well as on your hands. Riding with the saddle level or tilted very slightly up causes your weight to shift to the broad part of the saddle, where it should be. If your friend is worried about his parts, he should keep the saddle level and/or buy a saddle with a cutout in the middle.
Your friend is "nuts" (nm)Kerry
Sep 6, 2002 4:40 PM