For men, what are guidelines for positioning the saddle correctly? I feel some mild discomfort when riding, and it feels like occasionally there is some sort of pressure in my balls, so I'd rather not have to break every 10 minutes. Any ideas? What are common saddle alignment errors?
'01 Fisher Joshua F3. '89 Master... I don't let go of bikes easily.
Place a hardcover book on the seat, while the bike is as close to straight up and down as possible, and put a level on the book. Almost all seats are designed to be dead-level to the ground. As far as forward/aft, get on the bike and lean one side of it on a wall or have someone balance you, and keep your feet on the pedals, just as you put them when you are riding, with the cranks parallel to the ground. Take a string with a weight of some sort tied to one end and hold the end without the weight on it in the indent in between the bottom of your kneecap and the start of your leg bone. The string should be hanging right in line with the axle of your pedals.
Does your saddle have a love channel down it? If not, get rid of it or you risk damage to yourself.
Is that the Bontrager *****-Hatchet model? They are no-bueno. Like the other poster said, set the seat level, it looks to be a little nose up. On a mountain bike I can get away with it a little nose down, but I'm talking just a couple degrees here, not much.
In saying that, just fiddle in your backyard til you figure out how to not hurt your balls.
Just re-read that post and decided it should instead go like this:
Change your seat angle around in the backyard, and go for a quick spin around the block til you find what you think works best.