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    Does making your seat higher make you less tired?

    I moved my seat hight up a bit and I rode my bike and didnt get as tired as I use to. All times I rode my bike up that rode I felt out of breathe and my heart be racing before I adjusted my seat hight. This time my heart didnt race fast and I wasnt out of breathe.

    Does making the seat higher make you less tired?

    I still can raise it higher if I wanted to.

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    There is a point where raising your seat is going to give your legs the best possible leverage. To get that, most people suggest a slight bend at the knee when your foot is resting on the pedal in the down position. You can raise your saddle incrementally (like fractions of an inch) to figure out what height works best for you. Lower the seat if you start experiencing any muscle soreness in your back-- that means that you are swinging side to side as you pedal and that the saddle is too high.

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    Lean against a wall while on your bike, let your weight 'settle' in the saddle. Let your feet dangle. (Yes, they should be off the floor)

    Put the heel of a foot on the pedal when it's all the way down, closest to the floor. If your heel is flat on the pedal, and your knee is straight, then you are VERRRY close to 'just right'.

    Not saying this about you (unless you DO it!), but there are a lot of people out there who believe that they are supposed to put both feet flat on the ground while sitting in the saddle. OK, if you're riding a recumbent, or an Electra, but not a standard bike.

    I've tried all the technical, mathematical methods, and always come back to the heel-on-pedal method.

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    My wrists also dont hurt anymore.

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    I just kept raising mine bit by bit until I got pain in my knees, then I dropped it down about 5mm, and it's pretty darn perfect.

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    ABSOLUTELY - keep researching and you'll get your fit correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    Lean against a wall while on your bike, let your weight 'settle' in the saddle. Let your feet dangle. (Yes, they should be off the floor)

    Put the heel of a foot on the pedal when it's all the way down, closest to the floor. If your heel is flat on the pedal, and your knee is straight, then you are VERRRY close to 'just right'.

    Not saying this about you (unless you DO it!), but there are a lot of people out there who believe that they are supposed to put both feet flat on the ground while sitting in the saddle. OK, if you're riding a recumbent, or an Electra, but not a standard bike.

    I've tried all the technical, mathematical methods, and always come back to the heel-on-pedal method.
    It has worked for me too. I know that generally speaking I see a lot more bikes with the saddle set too low than near correct height. Particularly true of casual and BSO riders .
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    The heel without shoes doesnt touch it but with shoes it does. Is that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slipknot0129 View Post
    The heel without shoes doesnt touch it but with shoes it does. Is that right?
    Should be about right. Might have to do a bit of fine adjusting from there (tweak, ride, repeat) but only very small amounts at a time. Definitely in the ballpark.
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    I've found that the heel on pedal->leg straight method comes very close to the LeMond method of PBH (pubic bone height) x .883
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    I prefer to put on my shoes, then get on the bike. Position the heels on the pedals. Now rotate the crank so that the left and right crank arms are parallel to the seat tube. One leg should be fully extended, yet the shoes is still in intimate contact with the pedal. Repeat with the other leg. Now the height is within +/- 1/4" of the sweet spot.

    If you have to rock your butt from side to side anytime during the ride, then lower the saddle by 1/4". A change of shoes may also require re-calibration.

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