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Shift weight balance to rear

Old 12-18-17, 01:14 PM
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Shift weight balance to rear

On one of my bikes I'm finding that my weight distribution is a little too far forward for my liking as I'm finding that I'm weighing down on the handlebars. In order to alleviate this and shift my weight balance back a little onto the saddle, what adjustments can I make without changing any components for the time being?
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Old 12-18-17, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
On one of my bikes I'm finding that my weight distribution is a little too far forward for my liking as I'm finding that I'm weighing down on the handlebars. In order to alleviate this and shift my weight balance back a little onto the saddle, what adjustments can I make without changing any components for the time being?
Move your saddle backward a tad ...like maybe 5mm. Try it out for a while. If still putting too much weight on bars, move the saddle backward another 5mm, etc.
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Old 12-18-17, 02:14 PM
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Shift the nose of the saddle up slightly, as in 1° or 2°. Moving the saddle back works depending on how you shift your position to compensate, so while it's worth a try don't be discouraged if it doesn't help.
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Old 12-18-17, 02:26 PM
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Thanks guys. Currently the saddle is set to the mid-position on the rails and is perfectly level, so I'll play around from that starting point. I'm also a bit curious about the saddle height. I've done the 'leg straight, heel on pedal at lowest position' to get a general idea of the correct saddle height but I'm not sure that's exactly right either.

In terms of the adjustment of the saddle height, saddle fore-and-aft position and saddle angle, is there a recommended order of adjustment?
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Raising the saddle nose leads to soft tissue damage. Slide it back level, then raise your handlebars a bit. This will effectively shorten your reach.
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Old 12-19-17, 11:28 AM
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You did say no new equipment but after moving my saddle aft as far as practical, I ended up buying a new seat post with a greater setback. I would not engrave in stone the setting for heigth. At least for me, I find myself continually, over the years, trying different settings. One year a bit higher then the next year a bit lower. This is not surprising really as fitness changes with the seasons or phase of the moon.
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Old 12-19-17, 11:44 AM
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Level saddle is best for the standard road position. If it's a hybrid or bike with similar upright position it can be OK to raise the nose a hair. Yes, move the saddle back. I'd move it all the way back to start with and see how that is. Moving the saddle back will require it to be a little lower. If you don't have a setback seatpost, get one. They aren't terribly expensive. Performance has a very good and inexpensive post: Forté Team Alloy Seatpost - Performance Bike
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Old 12-19-17, 11:54 AM
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Now here's a strange thing for me. Just as an experiment, I put the stock saddle and seatpost back in. The bike felt much better immediately. I guess the combination of third party seatpost and saddle messed up things a bit. For now I'll stick with the stock seatpost and saddle until I figure out why the new stuff produce such and uncomfortable weight balance.

Tomorrow I'll try stock saddle fore and aft to fine tune the position.
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bars higher than the saddle.. saddle level.
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I look at the distance from the widest point on the saddle to a plumb line to the BB axis.
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