Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How to appropriatelly set the saddle height of your ficie bike?

    Hi guys,

    I'm a new member on this forum, and I would like to ask a couple of questions concerning my fixie road bike. Hence, two months ago, I've purchased a fixie bike and it cost me over 600 euros. I'm 5'11 (80kg) and my bike is 55cm ram size. Overall, my bike is extremely nice (see pictures) but I'm starting to doubt that this bike is too small for me or haven't adjust appropriately the height of my seat with my handlebar...The guy that made the bike told me that 55cm is fully compatible with my height. Before I purchased this bike, i actually did a test drive with another fixie, but with a flat handlebar and the ride was smooth. Now I had to lower the height of my seat cause its really uncomfortable to drive like that. Also, my drop handlebar (Focale 44) is with integrated stem on it, and It's not even adjustable and I can't even raise the handlebar at all. Now, I can't even enjoy the ride and my legs and knees aren't straight when I move the pedals... If I raise the saddle like in the original picture, my back hurts and I look like ******. However, I can't raise the handlebar as well cause its has fixed height. Should I buy and individual stem and another drop handlebar which is adjustable, cause it really sucks to drive like this!

    Could anyone please advice me, what the hell should I do? Any advice is welcome.

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Acm1899
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Morton Nagrom_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    East Bay
    My Bikes
    CAAD3, CAAD10, GT Avalanche, GT RTS-3
    Posts
    9,967
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The bike fits great for flying 200s.

    Change those dumb bars.
    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    No offense but you're an idiot.
    PedalRoom

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    83
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Are you comfortable with your hands the top of the bar? (Also, get some foot retention for those pedals.)

  4. #4
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    10,311
    Mentioned
    21 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The rule of thumb I generally go by is to adjust the saddle height so that your legs straighten completely at the bottom of the stroke when pedalling with your heels. You may want to bring someone along to watch you ride to make sure you're not rocking your hips or pointing your toes down excessively when pedalling with the balls of your feet.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

    ISO: 49T 130BCD 3/32" road chainring, preferably silver and classic-styled.

  5. #5
    Senior Member TenSpeedV2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    My Bikes
    Felt TK3, Felt TK2
    Posts
    690
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I guess everyone is different, and not knowing the geometry specs on that bike, I think it may be too small for you. I am .5" taller than you and both of my bikes are 58cm. I had a previous SSFG that was a 56 and it was tiny in comparison. Maybe that bike fits you, and I hope it does. Swap out that stem/bar combo for something with some rise and you should be alright. A stem with a +6/-6 should be good enough and maybe some bullhorns or risers if you like those more than drops. Obviously in your current state, riding in the drops is impossible.

    Can you take a close up picture of the bar/stem combo? I would like to see this.
    Quote Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
    You wouldn't skid in your tidy whiteys, why would you skid on your bike?

  6. #6
    Senior Member Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    2,589
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your seat height does not look so high that it would indicate a too small bike.

    Set your seat height so your leg is very close to being completely straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke, then change stem and bar to bars that are in a position where you like them. If you aren't sure what position your bars should be in then a fixed height stem/bar combo is a bad idea.

  7. #7
    pro in someone's theory prooftheory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Las Cruces, NM
    My Bikes
    FTP
    Posts
    2,586
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  8. #8
    Fresh Garbage hairnet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    11,626
    Mentioned
    26 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, if the bar/stem combo sucks then change it! What is there to question? Get yourself a some positive rise stems in a few lengths and swap them around to see what is most comfortable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I often need to flip my brain to the freewheel side when reading this forum.
    Bikerowave
    My Bikes

  9. #9
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    31,248
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Well, if the bar/stem combo sucks then change it! What is there to question? Get yourself a some positive rise stems in a few lengths and swap them around to see what is most comfortable.
    This.

    You're probably on the tall end of the fit for a 55cm frame, but it's not egregiously small for you. Set the saddle height appropriately and then change the stem and bars to make yourself comfortable.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •