Seat height

by big mick   April 27, 2012  

Is it me or has anyone noticed short people always look too low in the saddle but tall riders seem too high.That is to say they both look wrong but i am sure its an illusion.Check out your friends and tv coverage of cycle racing.

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I know when I had a bike fit a couple of year ago, I was astonished at how high the technician set my saddle - I can barely reach the ground and have to partially dismount when stationary, but backache and leg cramps disappeared the day after...

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posted by andylul [404 posts]
27th April 2012 - 16:20

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yep @andy, i have a 30 inch inside leg and my seat was set at 30 inches, can barely sit on the seat and put my foot down. but it feels right

posted by russyparkin [543 posts]
29th April 2012 - 19:44

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It funny, I had a bike fit when I got my allez and sitting on the bike, if setting it up myself, would have had the saddle higher. That said I stuck with the set up and never had an ache or pain in back, knees, etc.

I will set up the tarmac the same.

posted by Super Domestique [1462 posts]
29th April 2012 - 20:47

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Super Domestique wrote:
It funny, I had a bike fit when I got my allez and sitting on the bike, if setting it up myself, would have had the saddle higher. That said I stuck with the set up and never had an ache or pain in back, knees, etc.

I will set up the tarmac the same.

Presumably the venge as well?

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posted by Raleigh [1723 posts]
29th April 2012 - 21:44

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Super Domestique wrote:
It funny, I had a bike fit when I got my allez and sitting on the bike, if setting it up myself, would have had the saddle higher. That said I stuck with the set up and never had an ache or pain in back, knees, etc.

I will set up the tarmac the same.


Be careful setting seat height only.I have three bikes and they all fit right.The seat heights are all different.Saddle set back vary and up tube/stem length differ so they, three bikes,feel right so there is more to think about than center to top of saddle measurement in isolation.

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posted by big mick [162 posts]
29th April 2012 - 23:08

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big mick wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
It funny, I had a bike fit when I got my allez and sitting on the bike, if setting it up myself, would have had the saddle higher. That said I stuck with the set up and never had an ache or pain in back, knees, etc.

I will set up the tarmac the same.


Be careful setting seat height only.I have three bikes and they all fit right.The seat heights are all different.Saddle set back vary and up tube/stem length differ so they, three bikes,feel right so there is more to think about than center to top of saddle measurement in isolation.

Agreed. I should have been clearer. I will go over the new bike (same make/size) with the tape measure plus use my bike fit print out too.

posted by Super Domestique [1462 posts]
30th April 2012 - 6:20

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Raleigh wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
It funny, I had a bike fit when I got my allez and sitting on the bike, if setting it up myself, would have had the saddle higher. That said I stuck with the set up and never had an ache or pain in back, knees, etc.

I will set up the tarmac the same.

Presumably the venge as well?

It's the Tarmac Expert I am getting. The Venge can wait. (Actually it was a bit harsh and, imho, didn't climb as well so lacked the all round ability of the Tarmac.)

posted by Super Domestique [1462 posts]
30th April 2012 - 6:27

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