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Saddle positions(6 posts)

Saddle positionsDaveo67
Jun 7, 2003 7:01 AM
Need some help of this, I have just switched from mountain biking where my saddle position is angled forward approx 15 degrees, this helps my lower back.
In the bike shop I had a complete bike fit and they were very helpful, they thought it was a bad idea to have the saddle at an angle on a road bike.
Anyone have the same problem or even better a solution.
Thanks Dave
level is the way to go!andy02
Jun 7, 2003 7:35 AM
Go with a level (use a tool) unless you are using aerobars!
Jun 7, 2003 10:08 AM
Don't understand how tilting the saddle down would help a back problem. Tilting the saddle down will make you slide forward, place way too much weight on your hands and probably force you to ride with your arms locked out to keep from sliding forward.

You should try to achieve a balanced weight distribution to minimize the weight on your hands.

If your back problem is muscular, work on abdominal and back strengthening exercises.
Jun 7, 2003 10:20 AM
...also, a tilted down saddle is quite often an indicator of a bike with too much reach.
tilting saddlednc
Jun 8, 2003 8:09 AM
Research by Israeli experts on back pain came up with
this idea. While it does help, you need to change more than
your saddle setting, in order to compensate for this and
prevent yourself from sliding forward, pedaling technique
also has to be changed.
Couldn't you achieve the same benefit...jtolleson
Jun 8, 2003 12:24 PM
by raising the bars? Lots of folks with problematic backs raise their bars for a more upright position (avoiding rounding the lower back, which it seems to me is the same thing that the saddle tilt would accomplish, only without the downsides).