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Saddle Height - Different Shoes

Old 09-15-19, 04:35 PM
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Saddle Height - Different Shoes

I used overshoes last year but have just bought some winter MTB cycling boots and the sole on them is huge (read very thick) compared to my trainers I wear in the summer and my walking boots I use in the in between before it gets too cold but is a bit wet.

Do most people adjust saddle height for different shoes ... I'm not using clip in's just "normal" pedals.
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Old 09-15-19, 04:38 PM
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I haven't yet, but if I found it feels different, I would consider it.
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I don't make any adjustments when wearing different shoes... I use regular MTB platform pedals with normal shoes or boots.
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
...Do most people adjust saddle height for different shoes ...
If Im riding around the corner, no. If Im setting up a final fit on an N+1, absolutely.


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All of my shoes are SPD with recessed cleats, except for one pair. They have 2 hole and 3 hole compatibility and I also use them with SPD. Since the cleat is not recessed, it makes a big difference in pedal to saddle distance and I have to raise my seatpost enough to make up for the difference. My other SPD shoes do not require a change of saddle height. I only use the dual compatible shoes when I know I will not be getting off the bike during the ride. Hence, they do not get used much. I should get a quick release clamp for the bike I would normally wear them with to simplify the changing.
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Yup. My commuter and errand hybrids have platform pedals. I adjust the saddle height a bit to suit my shoes or boots.
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Old 09-16-19, 01:25 AM
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If you plan to do any riding for more than ~30 min, I'd say you should adjust the seat height. Last winter I did some longer rides on my bike with platform pedals, with winter boots on while seat stayed adjusted for riding in sneakers, and some (fortunately minor) knee pain was experienced. The difference in sole thickness was probably around 10mm.
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Adjust seat height. Most fitters will tell you it's the angle of your knee at the 6 O' Clock (roughly) position that matters.
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Old 09-16-19, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
I used overshoes last year but have just bought some winter MTB cycling boots and the sole on them is huge (read very thick) compared to my trainers I wear in the summer and my walking boots I use in the in between before it gets too cold but is a bit wet.

Do most people adjust saddle height for different shoes ... I'm not using clip in's just "normal" pedals.
Some pedals are thicker than others as well.

I will adjust if needed, but it is rare.
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Old 09-16-19, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
Some pedals are thicker than others as well.

I will adjust if needed, but it is rare.
Certainly this is true ^^^^ My gravel bike the saddles 5mm lower than my 29er due to the thickness of the pedals.

Cheers for everyone's replies was just interested as the boots are here but they're b'day pressie so can't actually use them for a couple of weeks but I'm pretty sure they'll be at least 5mm thicker than the soles on my other shoes..
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Yes. I have adjusted seat height after changing pedals and, more recently, after getting some different shoes. Like the OP I got some MTB shoes with thicker soles and then felt the need to raise the saddle a fraction of an inch.
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Old 09-17-19, 01:12 PM
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I've basically paired some bikes with some shoes so that I wouldn't have to tweak any setups before riding. The fixed-gear gets ridden with the Shimano M089 shoes (which also clip in a little more firmly for some reason), the rando and go-fast bike get ridden with the Shimano 5D5 sandals, and obviously, the 3-speed gets ridden with regular shoes. It works.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
Adjust seat height. Most fitters will tell you it's the angle of your knee at the 6 O' Clock (roughly) position that matters.
Most fitters who are clinging to outdated methods you mean?
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Old 09-17-19, 05:09 PM
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Most fitters who are clinging to outdated methods you mean?
No
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Old 09-17-19, 05:46 PM
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Yep. Different sole thicknesses = different saddle height. Otherwise, my knees speak up.

This is mainly a factor when I'm using platform pedals and switch between thin summer shoes and boots with thick soles. The platform boots are especially fun - I really get a good saddle to handlebar drop with those.
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
I used overshoes last year but have just bought some winter MTB cycling boots and the sole on them is huge (read very thick) compared to my trainers I wear in the summer and my walking boots I use in the in between before it gets too cold but is a bit wet.

Do most people adjust saddle height for different shoes ... I'm not using clip in's just "normal" pedals.
If I change to shoes that are very different, yes I do adjust the saddle. I use platform road pedals with integral toeclips and straps.
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Old 09-21-19, 07:03 PM
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The great benefit of platform pedals is using whatever shoes you have on. No, I wouldn't change the saddle.
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Old 09-22-19, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
I used overshoes last year but have just bought some winter MTB cycling boots and the sole on them is huge (read very thick) compared to my trainers I wear in the summer and my walking boots I use in the in between before it gets too cold but is a bit wet.

Do most people adjust saddle height for different shoes ... I'm not using clip in's just "normal" pedals.
Yes, if the sole of a boot is much thicker than your normal shoe, it's a good idea to adjust the saddle height to compensate for it. It's also a good idea to adjust saddle height if your winter cycling clothing is much thicker than your summer wear.

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Old 09-22-19, 04:18 PM
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Not that I'd ever wish the summer away but these are the boots I bought

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized...AAEgLZdfD_BwE#

I'm a size 41 so got them for 105 down from 195 .... should have warm piggies hopefully this winter.

I also have some SPD pedals that came on a 2nd hand bike I bough so may try them to see what I think although I doubt I'd leave them on as I like the convenience of just hoping on the bike with a pair of trainers on if I'm just going to the local shops or pub.
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