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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 07-19-13, 04:09 AM   #1
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Questions about Angle of Seat on Road Bike

Is this normal. On my road bike i found the best position to have my seat slanted back abit.
When i had the seat level . I found my upper body was pushing more on the handlebars.

as last group ride i had some people question me about my seat angle being slanted back.

is it ok to have it slanted back?
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Old 07-19-13, 04:24 AM   #2
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If it works better for you, then that is all that really matters.
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Old 07-19-13, 10:35 PM   #3
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Totally a personal thing. Whatever works for you.
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Old 07-20-13, 07:13 AM   #4
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Is this normal. On my road bike i found the best position to have my seat slanted back abit.
When i had the seat level . I found my upper body was pushing more on the handlebars.

as last group ride i had some people question me about my seat angle being slanted back.

is it ok to have it slanted back?
Yes, absolutely. Gravity still functions on bike saddles. If you have it pointed downward, gravity want to pull you forward. Among the effect of this, is that your hands want to push you backwards. Now, gravity might be pulling you backwards slightly, but it's all a matter of getting the position and the forces balanced so you are powerful and comfortable.

I might suggest sliding the saddle forward 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch and leveling it, to see if that works as well or perhaps better. One common issue with a nose-up saddle is that the front part might press on sensitive areas and even lead to abrasion during a long ride.
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I have used saddles in the past that needed to be pointed slightly rearward. Depends upon you and the saddle and the riding position the bike (and set up) produces.

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Hi,

What works for you is fine, but it indicates to most a fudge to fix
another problem, i.e. your seat should be level and your bike
doesn't fit. Of course if it all fits and is right for for you its fine.

rgds, sreten.
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http://www.fezzari.com/blog/2010/09/03/saddleposition/

Yes, I found that a degree or two nose up helped prevent me from sliding forward too much and relieved some wrist pressure.
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I have a question about what's level on some saddles.

Especially ones like this:


(Especially ones like that, since I have one on my Leader.)

At first, I tried level rails like in the bottom picture but that results in a nose that feels way to low.

I have placed the level on the nose and between the "wings" at the rear. This results in a nose that is definitely tilted more upward than the bottom picture but still seems at times to still be low.

Should I place the level on the nose then angle it over one of the gray ovals on the Specialized seat above???

All of this is just an attempt to get in initial adjustment closer to eliminate so much roadside fiddling for a final set.

Thanks!!
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I have a question about what's level on some saddles.

Especially ones like this:


(Especially ones like that, since I have one on my Leader.)

At first, I tried level rails like in the bottom picture but that results in a nose that feels way to low.

I have placed the level on the nose and between the "wings" at the rear. This results in a nose that is definitely tilted more upward than the bottom picture but still seems at times to still be low.

Should I place the level on the nose then angle it over one of the gray ovals on the Specialized seat above???

All of this is just an attempt to get in initial adjustment closer to eliminate so much roadside fiddling for a final set.

Thanks!!
There are no rules about this, do what works for you. With a saddle like the one you've illustrated, with an upward flare at the rear, I find it works best if level from nose to the depression between the "wings" as described. But a degree or two of adjustment either way may still need to be made to accommodate your preferences, how much you roll your hips forward, and so on.

Incidentally, it's a saddle not a seat. The difference isn't simply pedantry, you perch on a saddle rather than sitting in a seat.
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Incidentally, it's a saddle not a seat. The difference isn't simply pedantry, you perch on a saddle rather than sitting in a seat.
I did call it a seat, didn't I.
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I have a question about what's level on some saddles.


Should I place the level on the nose then angle it over one of the gray ovals on the Specialized seat above???


Thanks!!
This is what I do, with a Specialized saddle.
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This is how I had my Specialized Alias 143 to minimize pressure on the perineum. Note that the rails are horizontal. I put the level on one of the sit bone pads and on the nose. The sit bone pads do sink in a bit, and the nose is really irrelevant, since no part of my body touches it.

In terms of comfort alone, this saddle worked best when the level was horizontal, but that put too much pressure on soft tissues.



That worked for me, although most people would say it is way too "nose-down."

I'm experimenting with a different saddle now.

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When people talk about saddle tilt they generally mean with a straight edge along the top, ignoring the rails except for fore and aft.

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Incidentally, it's a saddle not a seat. The difference isn't simply pedantry, you perch on a saddle rather than sitting in a seat.
Why is it mounted to a seatpost?
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This is how I had my Specialized Alias 143 to minimize pressure on the perineum. Note that the rails are horizontal. I put the level on one of the sit bone pads and on the nose. The sit bone pads do sink in a bit, and the nose is really irrelevant, since no part of my body touches it.

In terms of comfort alone, this saddle worked best when the level was horizontal, but that put too much pressure on soft tissues.



That worked for me, although most people would say it is way too "nose-down."

I'm experimenting with a different saddle now.
What really matters is that you measure it the exact same way each time for a given saddle and then tweak it. I've found that really small changes make big differences in comfort so it pays to get it close and then to know you are making small incremental changes.

What I've found works really well are some of the gyroscope apps for the iPhone that use the internal sensors. I combine that with a Fizik Cyrano seat post which has the only seat post that I've found that lets you dial in the angle explicitly in a repeatable way. The two things really helped me dial in my saddle set up for my Koobi saddles. And I can replicate it from bike to bike.

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