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Old 09-01-05, 12:12 AM
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Bike height

With a proper size frame and saddle height, you shouldn't be able to put both feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle, right?
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Old 09-01-05, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by voltman
With a proper size frame and saddle height, you shouldn't be able to put both feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle, right?
Depends on the geometry of the bike.
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It also depends on the position of the saddle. One of my bikes shows about 4 inches of seat post.
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It doesn't depend on anything!

Yes, you should not be able to put both feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle.
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Only if you have a flat footed electra.

I can touch the floor with my very tip toes when on the saddle, but I have size 15.5 inch feet (I also hit the chainstay with speedplays). If you can touch the floor your seat is too low.
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I think if you can touch the floor with your feet completely flat then either your seat is too low or the bike is too small.

If you can touch with only your toes, then you are fine.

Anything inbetween all depends on you and how well your bike fits you.

If you can't touch at all, may be too big of a bike, but again, that all depends on your preference and how well the bike fits you.
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Only if you have a flat footed electra.
Or a low-rider recumbent.
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Old 09-01-05, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Or a low-rider recumbent.
True, can not forget about our recumbent friends.
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You want the seat height to the point where there is just the smallest amount of bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke. In other words, put your seat as high as you can without your hips rocking as you pedal.( with the caveat that any change should be made in small increments). On a normal road bike (electras excepted) you can't do this and still touch the ground on the seat.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
You want the seat height to the point where there is just the smallest amount of bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke. In other words, put your seat as high as you can without your hips rocking as you pedal.( with the caveat that any change should be made in small increments). On a normal road bike (electras excepted) you can't do this and still touch the ground on the seat.
Knee angle should be about 30 degrees at the bottom of the pedal stroke. If you knee is much straighter than that, your saddle is too high.
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