Adjusting Bike Saddle to the correct height

It’s important to set your saddle to the correct height.  Not only will it make you feel more comfortable on your bike.  It will also increase your safety.

Making sure your saddle is set to the right height is probably one of the most important things when your assembling a new bike.

It’s not uncommon that people get the height wrong.  Many people think as long as you can touch the floor your fine, but that’s not the case.

Not only will the wrong saddle height cause knee pain.  But it will also affect your performance and power that you can output when pedaling. 

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So what’s the correct saddle height?

In the image above, this shows you the appropriate height you should set your saddle at.

The correct saddle height is determined by making sure your leg is slightly bent at the knee, whilst the pedal is at the lowest point.

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Signs your saddle height is wrong

If you get slight knee pain when riding your bike.  This is one sign that your saddle is not in the correct position.

Although you could get knee pain from other things.  Typically if you get pain in the front of your knee.  This is a sign that the saddle is to low.

However, if you get pain behind your knee and in your hamstring.  This is a sign of over extension meaning that your seat is to high.

James Dawson

After learning how to ride a bicycle much later than all the other kids, James Dawson hasn't looked back. The author now actively rides a bicycle as a part of the community cycling group and competes regularly in local competitions. Aside from that, he loves technology and always keeps up to date with the latest cycling tech.