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Old 09-17-09, 07:05 AM   #1
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Saddle and Handlebar adjustment for my Cannondale Q3

First of all I want to thank TheCappucinoKid for giving me the idea of taking a picture of myself on the bike

Is my handlebar too high relative to the saddle? It is currently at the highest position while the seat post is in a (relatively) low position. Is this the correct posture for this type of bike?

The LBS originally fit the saddle about 3-4 cm higher than on the pictures but I found it unfomfortable so I lowered it. Also with the original height I was not able to reach the ground with both of my feet at the same time.

The last photo added about 1cm of saddle height.

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Old 09-17-09, 11:14 AM   #2
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Your saddle needs to go back up bcz your knee has little too much bent,when you correct that, only one of your foot can be rest on the ground.Nice ride BTW.
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Your saddle needs to go back up bcz your knee has little too much bent,when you correct that, only one of your foot can be rest on the ground.Nice ride BTW.
Thanks for the compliment. I'm not sure about what you said of only one foot being able to rest on the ground. I mean, I'm a size 12 shoe, that must account for something. If I were a size 8 or maybe 9 I wouldn't be able to reach the ground with both feet using the saddle height from the pictures above.
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Hi, i meant to say when the saddle is adjusted properly, it will be high enough for you to sit on but only one of your foot can rest on the ground,or you can just stand over the top tube when the bike is in a complete stop,then both of your feet will be on the ground,size of shoes has no relation to this part,the links i included should help you a lot.
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The saddle looks like it should be raised a little to me... Your knee is bent about right, but when pedaling you should be extending your foot as well.

The old rule for saddle height tends to work out about right for me, and it is easy to do.

From the top of the saddle to the pedal (in the down position) should be about 109% of the distance from your pubic bone to the ground when standing straight.
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You shouldn't worry about if both your feet can touch the ground while still in the saddle.

You should dismount the saddle and straddle the top tube when your at a stop. Once you get used to it, it really isn't that big of a deal.
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I just raised it about an inch using the 109% formula and it feels about right. I get 100% extension with my heels on the pedals, I think if I raise it more I won't be able to reach the pedals with my heels. I can still reach the ground with both feet using the tip of my toes but I guess that's because of the size of my foot.

The handlebar is still a little higher than the seat, is this ok?
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