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Old 11-27-16, 04:51 PM
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Help with saddle adjustment

I feel like I have the saddle at the right height but when I ride I have this need to "push" myself backwards. Do I need to push saddle back...tip saddle nose up? or what? Instead of attempting to do all of these I thought maybe some direction might save me from constant adjustment. Thanks.
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Tip the nose up. That will also lower the back.
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Try dropping the saddle a few millimeters.

If that doesn't work get a shorter stem.

Good luck.
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I'd say make sure the saddle level and work from there.
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Tip the nose up very slightly
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Old 11-27-16, 06:02 PM
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Ok...Will raise the nose some...Thanks!
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Originally Posted by George View Post
Try dropping the saddle a few millimeters.

If that doesn't work get a shorter stem.

Good luck.
I don't feel like this is correct. If you are sliding forward, it means the nose of the saddle is slightly downward. I would adjust it slightly bringing the nose up a bit and try that. Adjusting the height won't change the fact that you are sliding forward.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
I don't feel like this is correct. If you are sliding forward, it means the nose of the saddle is slightly downward. I would adjust it slightly bringing the nose up a bit and try that. Adjusting the height won't change the fact that you are sliding forward.
I think it may be correct it you leveled the saddle first, duh.
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I think it may be correct it you leveled the saddle first, duh.
Nowhere in your post does it mention leveling the saddle out first. Duh.
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Originally Posted by birdermom View Post
I feel like I have the saddle at the right height but when I ride I have this need to "push" myself backwards. Do I need to push saddle back...tip saddle nose up? or what? Instead of attempting to do all of these I thought maybe some direction might save me from constant adjustment. Thanks.
Are you pushing yourself back with your hands? Because your bottom is sliding forward on the Saddle?

Or, are you pushing back with your legs to get your bottom further back to balance your weight better?

Two very different things.
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Old 11-28-16, 09:54 AM
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Well...after ride today...Will update.
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This web page seems to go through it fairly well: Bike Fit Fitting A Bicycle Seat Adjustment Height Reach Tips by Jim Langley I'd use 83% on my inseam from floor to chamois for step 2 (instead of the heel to pedal method). I also like to see at least a little of the front hub ahead of my stem. Its also normal to scoot back in the saddle for hills and forward for hard efforts on the flat (or maybe spinning fast). I still prefer the saddle flat as well. For step 6, I wouldn't care whether my nose would bisect the stem a little ahead of the center. Just get the length that keeps your back flat and comfortable and arms slightly bent on the hoods. You'll probably need someone to take a picture or video of you on a trainer or on the road after riding for a little while.

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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Nowhere in your post does it mention leveling the saddle out first. Duh.
You would think anyone would know that. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings. Have a good day
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+1 for nose up a bit.

Looks wrong but it will solve your problem...
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I'm gonna assume with a handle "BirderMOM" you're female. Many females don't feel comfortable after raising the nose of the saddle. It tends to increase pressure in uncomfortable areas. If so, you can try lowering the saddle a bit (make sure it's level) or digging a bit deeper into the problem by addressing SquidPuppet's post #10. Feeling like you need to push yourself back with your hands versus your legs represent two different issues. Also, don't mess with your stem just yet -- it may not even be part of the problem.


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