Saddle Height - Use the Holmes method (25-degrees) can still can stand on toes?
I used the "Holmes method" mentioned in the following link to adjust my saddle height.
My knee angle is currently about 25 degrees. I feel comfortable pedalling at this saddle height. In fact, my knee pain has gone away since I raised the saddle according to this method.
(The Holmes method) uses a device called a goniometer for measuring the angle of the knee joint at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Holmes recommends an angle of between 25 and 35 degrees and closer to 25 for those with a history of patella tendonitis.
However, when stopped, I can still reach the ground on both toes (albeit barely). According to Sheldon Brown, it indicates that my saddle is set too low.
I have a 2013 hybrid bike. It may not be one of the "most hybrids" he's talking about, but this makes me wonder if I am missing something in deciding on my saddle height. Any advice would be appreciated.
With older bicycles, it was sometimes possible to put a toe down at a stop with the saddle properly adjusted, especially for riders with large feet. Due to the higher bottom brackets common on newer bicycles, especially mountain bikes, it is no longer possible to do this. If you ride a mountain bike, and are able to balance it while stopped and seated, it is a sure sign that your saddle is too low. This is also true of most hybrids.
[NOTE] I do have long feet for my height (5' 5"), if it matters.