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Way to make sure your saddle is perfectly straight?

Old 09-18-06, 03:05 PM
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Way to make sure your saddle is perfectly straight?

Just wondering, is there a way ( other than by eye) to make sure your saddle is pefectly straight??
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Old 09-18-06, 03:08 PM
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Usually, my thighs tell me quickly if I'm off by more than a degree or two?
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Old 09-18-06, 03:21 PM
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Use a level although it is sometimes difficult because the rear of the seat is sometimes higher than the front. If you have a smaller level you can sometimes check to see if the rails are level.
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Old 09-18-06, 04:19 PM
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Use a level although it is sometimes difficult because the rear of the seat is sometimes higher than the front. If you have a smaller level you can sometimes check to see if the rails are level.
I think he means straight as in inline with the top tube left/right, not up/down.
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Old 09-18-06, 04:25 PM
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Yup, I mean in line with the top tube.
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Old 09-18-06, 04:31 PM
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I stand behind the bike, and close one eye, lining up the saddle with the top tube. Works close enough for me. --In fact a few weeks ago I noticed while riding no-handed that I was constantly over-correcting to the right. I got off the bike, took a look, and my saddle was just askew to the left. I corrected it, and everything felt right as rain....
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Old 09-18-06, 04:40 PM
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level doesnt tell you its comfortable, your ass does after a long ride
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Old 09-18-06, 04:58 PM
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Hang your bike up by the back wheel. Hang a plumb bob from the seat post and adjust the bike until the top tube is exactly parallel with the plumb bob.

Now hang the plumb bob from the ceiling in front of the saddle. Make any needed adjustments until the saddle alignment meets your standards.

Incidentally, if you're anal about handlebar alignment you can align your front wheel with the plumb bob and put a level on your handlebar.

And no, I don't do that with my personal bikes. I just eyeball seat and handlebar alignment.
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Old 09-18-06, 06:28 PM
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I don't ever make sure it's level.

I make sure it's comfy.
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Old 09-18-06, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Hang your bike up by the back wheel. Hang a plumb bob from the seat post and adjust the bike until the top tube is exactly parallel with the plumb bob.

Now hang the plumb bob from the ceiling in front of the saddle. Make any needed adjustments until the saddle alignment meets your standards.

Incidentally, if you're anal about handlebar alignment you can align your front wheel with the plumb bob and put a level on your handlebar.

And no, I don't do that with my personal bikes. I just eyeball seat and handlebar alignment.
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Old 09-18-06, 08:49 PM
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I don't think you can get any more accurate than the standard eyeball method. Most saddles are not 100% symetrical anyway to begin with.
So how do you align your stem to the front wheel?
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Old 09-18-06, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
So how do you align your stem to the front wheel?
The shop fix is easy. Loosen the stem and tell whoever is complaining about the alignment to set it to where they think it's straight. Retighten the stem and you're done. I've never had anybody bring it back for a redo.
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Old 09-19-06, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
I don't think you can get any more accurate than the standard eyeball method. Most saddles are not 100% symetrical anyway to begin with.
So how do you align your stem to the front wheel?
For the saddle I rely more on what my butt and hips tell me than what my eyes tell me, after all my eyes ain't sitting on the saddle.

For the stem I eyeball it, test ride, and adjust if necessary.
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Old 09-19-06, 10:45 AM
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I may be wrong, and correct me if I am, but I seem to remember hearing that actually most people find it slightly more comfortable to have the saddle just slightly off center. I doubt they mean that the saddle should be at like a 15 degree angle to the frame, but rather 1-2 degrees. Again this is something I just remember hearing awhile back.
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Old 09-19-06, 12:35 PM
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in lieu of Retro Grouch's plumb bob procedure, you can do wonders with a T-square & a standard laser pointer from Office Max.
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Old 09-19-06, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by here and there
For the saddle I rely more on what my butt and hips tell me than what my eyes tell me, after all my eyes ain't sitting on the saddle.
The OP is not talking about saddle tilt....
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Old 09-19-06, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
in lieu of Retro Grouch's plumb bob procedure, you can do wonders with a T-square & a standard laser pointer from Office Max.
My thought exactly.
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Old 09-19-06, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
The OP is not talking about saddle tilt....
I know. But with a wide saddle such as the B-17 and a right hip that seems very sensitive to the centering of a saddle, I rely on what my hip tells me is comfortable.
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Old 09-19-06, 06:32 PM
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A laser pointer? Thats a good idea!
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