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    How low can you set the seat on a road bicycle

    I know about the heel on pedal rule for seat height, but my calves and achilles tendon have been aching after every ride since I raised the seat to get the maximum slight knee bend. I tried lowering the seat a little bit today and rode and I had NO calf or achilles soreness. Is this OK for the knees though?

    What maximum degree of knee bend is safe on the knees when lowering the saddle?

    Can anyone help?

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    A lot of the published "rules" for seat height are directed at young riders who are racing. Most regular riders may find it more comfortable to ride with the saddle a half inch, or even an inch lower than a "racing" position. People who ride on rough urban steets can benefit from the ability to ease up off the saddle a bit when the leg is fully extended. That means that when the pedal is at the lowest point, you can see some bend at the knee.

    A bit of "trial and error" is helpful, but try to stay with one position for at least a week so that you and your legs get used to it before trying something else.

    Now that I think I have a height that works well for my age, condition, and riding needs, I have set all of my saddles to an identical height. If one of my bike saddles were an inch higher or lower, it would not feel right at all.

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    If it hurts, fix it. If it doesn't hurt, it doesn't need to be fixed!

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