Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Flathead Valley, Montana
Bikes: 2007 Trek 4300 MTB, 2007 Trek T900 Tandem, 1980 Schwinn Le Tour (soon)
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What type of bike / biking? Mountain? Road? I know for mountain bikes you want more standover clearance. It would depend on you proportions too (long legs, short torso or ???). Perhaps post your inseam for the bike gurus?
I just got into cycling again (I just broke 100 miles total on the new bike
) and I have my seat about 1.5" - 2" higher than when I bought the bike (with a taller saddle now and I used the same method to set the seat height both times).
I am 5'2" on a good day, and I have the Trek 4300 in a 14.5 frame. However I recently got a tandem (Trek T900) to use with my son, and my half is an 18" frame. I can barely standover it, but I enjoy riding it (makes the mountain bike seem cramped) and feel confident I can control it.
I don't know about the knee angle, as I am still learning what feels good to me. (The handlebars are now at the same height as the saddle, new experience for me). But if your knees are in your chest something is probably wrong.