Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Track vs Road bike seat height
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07-17-07, 08:18 AM
I do most of my riding on the road, with both a fixed gear/track, and a road bike. Both have identical seat and bar hights. Both have 172.5 cranks. When I was at the track this weekend it was suggested that I raise my seat hight on my track bike. It is usual to have a track seat higher than a road bike, and if so by how much?
Any suggestions would be great.
I think you should just ride what is comfortable.
07-17-07, 09:15 PM
I wouldn't raise the height but understand your track bike may have a steeper seat tube and moving the saddle forward would require raising the seat.
07-17-07, 10:59 PM
also, the bottom bracket on your track bike is higher than the bottom bracket on your road bike.
07-21-07, 03:11 AM
Steeper seat tube, spinning and riding more forward may contribute to a different seat height on a Track bike, but how do you know your road bike isn't too low? Not many chances for someone to observe you over a couple of kilometres on the road.
If someone experienced and knowledgeable has suggested your seat is low after watching you on the Track it can't hurt to try it higher and if it does hurt move it back.
07-21-07, 07:38 PM
Track bikes do have slightly steeper seat tubes but this shouldnt affect your seat position at all if your an endurance rider. Put it at the same height and offset if you can. What will change is the bar height to compensate for the higher BB but the stem lengh will stay the same. The most accurate way to fit a track bike to your road bike is to measure from the top down. IE a level on the saddle and a ruler down to the handle bar. Sprinters tend ro run a shorter reach because their bars are positioned lower.
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