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Road Fan 11-18-13 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by daihard (Post 16254690)
I agree. OTOH, I've read so many sources of information telling you that your saddle is most likely too low if your toe can touch the ground, including the great Sheldon Brown website. Hardly any of them says that it's perfectly possible for someone to have the proper saddle height and still is able to touch the ground, depending upon things like the BB height and foot length. Sure made me wonder if I'm missing something or if I'm that weird compared to others.

I don't think any general statements on this topic can be made without being pure opinion. Some opinions are more valuable than others, such as most of what I've seen from Sheldon's work. But, that particular one cannot be taken as a rule. I say, just set your saddle for comfortable, healthy (for your joints), and efficient pedaling, and devise strategies for how you can stop the bike safely.

But if I see a rider who can stop and put both feet flat while on the saddle, my first intuition is "saddle too low." But not being able to touch is not an indication of "just right!"

I believe it is possible for nearly all riders to put some part of a foot on the ground when stopped with the saddle set correctly. Whether there will be enough foot contact for good stability without twisting or getting off the saddle, I can't predict. But why not just learn to dismount to a two-foot frame straddle when you stop? That strategy is guaranteed to be nearly as stable as standing without a bike.

chaadster 11-19-13 12:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Road Fan (Post 16255666)
But why not just learn to dismount to a two-foot frame straddle when you stop? That strategy is guaranteed to be nearly as stable as standing without a bike.

Because I don't want to be caught literally flat-footed; I like being first off the line when it's go time...ahead of cars, bikes, EVERYBODY, even the track-standing fixie kids (though I do respect the track stand immensely).

As for stability, do you mean like on windy days? If it's that blustery, then I'll slide forward off the saddle, but I'm still keeping my right foot on the pedal, ready to propel the bike forward.

ThermionicScott 11-19-13 01:32 PM

If my saddle isn't at the correct height for my leg length, I'm not gonna be comfortable! :p

daihard 11-20-13 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Road Fan (Post 16255666)
I believe it is possible for nearly all riders to put some part of a foot on the ground when stopped with the saddle set correctly. Whether there will be enough foot contact for good stability without twisting or getting off the saddle, I can't predict. But why not just learn to dismount to a two-foot frame straddle when you stop? That strategy is guaranteed to be nearly as stable as standing without a bike.

Yes, that's what I normally do at a stop now. I used to stand on one toe when the saddle was lower, but with the current height, I'd have to stretch pretty far to reach the ground while on the saddle.


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