How to properly adjust the height of the bicycle saddle?1

- Sep 10, 2018 -

A recent study showed that setting the height of the saddle too low would make you spend 12% more time on the same route. Let's take a look at the various ways to adjust the height of the bicycle saddle.

This is a very common and simple method. When you sit on the saddle, put your heel on the ankle and adjust the height of the saddle so that your legs and ankles are perpendicular to each other. The hip bone is horizontal. However, this method is not scientifically proven and often leads to a low saddle. Professor Will Pelever of the Mississippi Women's University has published several papers to compare various adjustment methods. She said: "The main problem with this method (heel heel method) is that it does not consider the physiological structure of each person, such as the length of the thigh, calf and foot plate. difference."


109% method

        In 1967 Hamley and Thomas proposed a better way, they tested a variety of different saddle heights, and considered the ideal saddle height position is the inseam length (from the perineum to the length of the sole or from the top of the pedal shaft to 109% of the length of the saddle's highest position). Through various practices, this method has been widely welcomed and recognized by top in-house coaches.

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