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Seat/Handlebar Height difference?(5 posts)

Seat/Handlebar Height difference?gregflynn
Dec 12, 2003 12:47 PM
What is the distance recommended between the top of the seat and the top of the handlebar? I have 9 cm (3 1/2 inch)

I am averagely flexible and maily ride races between 50 and 70 miles long.

What do you guys have?
3" and I'm a rec rider/weekend warrior,pedalAZ
Dec 12, 2003 1:22 PM
advised by the experts that I have pitiful flexibility in my hamstrings.
no "recommended" difference...C-40
Dec 12, 2003 2:05 PM
How other people setup their bikes isn't very relevant, since everyone's different in size, arm length, flexibility and strength.

9cm is a very common value however for bar to saddle height. The amount can vary widely from only a few centimeters to 12 or more. It also varies with rider size. Small riders are less likely to have a large saddle to bar height difference.

One of my rules of thumb is to set the bars at a height that produces a hosizontal upper back when riding in the drops, with a slight bend in the arms. 9cm does it for me.
Stiff & old & never happier since I made it 0 inchesCory
Dec 12, 2003 2:59 PM
They're just about dead level. Grant Petersen recommended that for general riding, and it works great for me. If I need to get aero, I can still go down to the drops and flatten my back pretty well, but the only time I do that is in a headwind.
Currently about 3 1/2bimini
Dec 13, 2003 1:49 PM
It keeps getting to be more as I work on top end TT speed. The bars are as low as they will go. I need to get a new stem, my current one has a little rise.

I also have the seat as forward as it will go. I am torn between getting a new stem and bent forward seat post or spending a little money and getting a used TT specific bike.