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Is my Seat too High? Please help!(11 posts)

Is my Seat too High? Please help!Nate552
Apr 8, 2003 11:33 AM
I cannot figure out if my saddle height is too high or ok. Any advice on my postioning would be appreciated.
Looks good to me...SamDC
Apr 8, 2003 11:40 AM
There should be a slight bend to your leg when you're at the 6 o'clock position. Another thing to ask yourself is do you have any knee pains (this could also apply to the saddle's fore/aft position)? Does your hip rock back and forth when you pedal?
too high, i say....benja15
Apr 8, 2003 11:55 AM
I debated this question very much myself, and realized my seat was too high

here are a few pointers

1. check for leg extention when you crank is in line with the seat tube ( not cranks perpendicular to the ground ) this is actually farther then when the cranks are perpendicular with the ground

2. if it helps take a shoe off, put your heel on the pedal and make it so that the leg is fully extended.

3. rocking hips means saddle is too high

4. excessive seat pain means saddle is too high

5. sore knees can mean saddle is too low

from looking at your placement i think it is slightly too high.
crank is not fully extended ( in line with seat tube ) and your leg is nearly fully extended

also your ankle is bent upwards meaning that your leg would have to extend even more to make it parallel with the ground

hope this helps
too high....C-40
Apr 8, 2003 12:25 PM
Looks 1-2cm too high to me. Be sure that you can drop your heel 2-3cm below horizontal with you leg locked out at the bottom of the stroke. You want about a 15 degree angle between the upper and lower leg with the foot horizontal.

I don't think you've got enough angle and your foot is not quite horizontal.

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you should probably qualify that statement...Frith
Apr 8, 2003 7:25 PM
by adding that you should be able to get 2-3cm below horizontal without dropping your hip. It's possible to get your heel below your pedal and still have your seat far too high if you aren't mindfull to keep your hips in their natural riding position.
re: I'd try moving it down and back, but that's just me.dzrider
Apr 8, 2003 1:14 PM
Make changes of 5mm or less until you get it right.
Tad highMel Erickson
Apr 8, 2003 1:15 PM
Put you heels on your pedals and pedal backwards. If your hips rock your seat is too high. Lower 'til your hips don't rock. Try it out. If things start to hurt, readjust. I'd suggest adjusting only one half centimeter at a time.
A couple of ideasKerry
Apr 8, 2003 3:47 PM
1. Depending on personal flexibility, your saddle top to pedal axle center distance should be 109-110% of your inseam.

2. Depending on personal flexibility, your leg should be locked when you put your arch or your heel on the pedal with your bike shoes on.

Your personal comfort determines where you actually fall. Make any changes in 0.5 cm increments (or smaller).
re: Is my Seat too High? Please help!andydave
Apr 8, 2003 5:16 PM
I created a template to help quickly check saddle height (using a picture taken from the side). It agrees with everyone else, seat is too high. Good luck.
At least your tan lines look goodSintesi
Apr 8, 2003 6:15 PM
Upper arms are white. Hands are white (although I do not detect stippling from crochet gloves). Thighs as well.

C-40 is a fit god and to be taken seriously. However, I do feel that all fit questions should be subjectively veiwed in the final analysis. Do your hips rock from side to side? Do you experience discomfort in the backs of your knees? Lower tendons? drop a few mms. Adjust, adjust, adjust. Analytic cycling says that, basically, the further from the pedal the more power you produce but this is no maxim and must be tempered by comfort which will serve you best in the in the long run.

But you know all this. Your tan lines tell me so.
Thanks for the help!Nate552
Apr 8, 2003 6:47 PM
I appreciate all the good advice! I had a feeling it was too high, but it always nice to have someone else confirm it. And thanks for the compliments on the tan lines Sintesi. You should see me in the summer! Happy cycling everyone!