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rule of thumb help(2 posts)

rule of thumb helpnucleon_d
Mar 31, 2003 6:31 AM
when measuring the offset height between the top of your saddle and the top of your handlebars, is there a proven dimensional range that one should try to stay within or more importantly not exceed?
Mar 31, 2003 7:29 AM
Generally, and I think I got this from Chris Carmichael somewhere, go by this:

If you cannot touch your toes bending over with legs straight, stem even with saddle.

If you can barely touch, one inch drop.

If you can easily touch the ground, 2 inch drop.

If you can put your palms flat on the ground (me), 3-4 inch drop.

However, if you are new, you probably want to start higher and progressively lower the stem, as you get used to being on the bike. Your neck is another consideration -- the lower you get, the more stress it will put on the back of your neck holding your head up.

Also, if you aren't trying to go fast, there may not be as much of a reason to get lower. So, start higher and work your way down.