Our Guide to Adjusting Your Bicycle Seat Position
When it comes to making the most of your cycling trip and enjoying the great outdoors in full comfort, part of the most important factors involves ensuring your bike seat is in the right position. After all, your bike seat is where you sit and where your body weight will be distributed. As such, it’s important to know how to adjust a bicycle seat to ensure you’re comfortable and can maximise your pedal strokes throughout the ride. But what's the best way to achieve the optimal bike seat position?
Tip #1: Adjust the Saddle Angle
Some bike seats have movable parts, but most come in one fixed position. What you need to do here is to adjust the saddle angle to achieve the most comfortable position.
It sounds simple enough, but it’s actually the single most important adjustment you can make to your bike seat. Adjusting the saddle angle will affect the position of your seat, but just as importantly, it will also affect the position of the pedals.
Because the forwards and backwards seat angle determines the position of your hips, the saddle angle also determines the position of your knees relative to the bottom bracket. If the angle of your saddle is too steep or too shallow, the position of your knee relative to the pedal will be off, which will cause a loss of power.
Tip #2: Adjust the Saddle Height
Adjusting the saddle height requires you to adjust the length of the seat post. Seat post sizes vary, but most of them are between 27” and 30”. Use a seat height chart, screw gauge, or ruler to measure the length of the seat post, and then remove the saddle to adjust the seat height.
The golden rule to remember when adjusting the height of your saddle is to always sit on the saddle when you decide on your height. If you measure from the ground up and then sit on the saddle, you might end up sitting too high or too low.
Another important thing to remember when adjusting the saddle height is to make sure your feet can rest on the pedals without hitting the ground. If you can’t achieve this, adjust the height of the seat post.
Tip #3: Adjust the Saddle Fore and Aft
The next step involves adjusting the fore and aft position of your seat. This requires you to raise the front of the seat while leaving the rear of it in place (or vice versa). Each bike is different, but you can adjust your seat’s fore and aft position by loosening the binder bolt and sliding the seat forward or backwards.
Adjusting the fore and aft position of the seat will affect your centre of balance. This is particularly important if you are pedalling up a steep hill.
The Bottom Line: The Importance of Adjusting Your Bike Seat Position
No two riders are exactly alike, so you’ll want to experiment with the height, angle, fore, and aft position of your seat to find the ideal spot for your body.
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