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Rotating Saddle Right or Left?

Old 09-02-11, 08:34 AM
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Rotating Saddle Right or Left?

I read this is recommended to offset the effect of one leg being shorter than the other...curious if distance riders go for straight on orientation or if you benefit with a slight rotation.

Do you ever change this position during the ride?
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I have my saddle tilted a tiny bit to the left to make up for a shorter right leg (shows up in my Brooks because the impression is much deeper on one side). You can't go too far with this or it will cause other problems. Wedges are better. The only reason I have ever changed my position on a ride was because I hurt my right knee by hyper-extending it. Saddle at the normal height hurt the knee, so I lowered my saddle about 1/4" That's a radical change, and I wouldn't do it unless I had to.
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Over the years I've some times pointed a saddle off center. I have body symetry issues that show up in my pedal stroke.

I think its a non-issue for most people with most saddles. Howver, saddles that "flatten" during use will often chafe one thigh more than the other. (at least thats why I experimented with off set)

I can't say it was because of leg length - but I do know that repositioning the saddle fixed thigh/crotch discomfort that would only show up on one side.
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i have a leg length difference that is too large to correct w/ pedal and shoe shims and cleat position. Rotating the nose of the saddle in the direction of the longest leg a little has helped reduce knee issues. The downside has been saddle chaffing issues on long rides....
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I believe that both of my legs are the same length but I find I prefer having my saddle rotated about a half to one degree to one side.

If one of my legs was shorter than the other, I would try to make the adjustment at the shoe/cleat area or I would consider using a shorter crank arm length.
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