Seat adjustment

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Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 11:59am

I know this is a very personal thing

I have viewed a few youtube videos and looked here but can I ask please

How do YOU decide on what is the best setting for your bike.

Three videos I just watched all showed height but NONE even mentioned tilt

Painfully,

many thanks
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby Paulatic » 30 Jun 2019, 12:14pm

Tilt is very personal but usually start off level and experiment from there. I make sure the bike is on level ground and use a piece of wood along the length of the saddle with a level on the top.
To get an idea of any change sitting on the saddle I roll forwards and backwards from the hips and experience the different feelings a saddle change might give.
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 12:18pm

Paulatic wrote:Tilt is very personal but usually start off level and experiment from there. I make sure the bike is on level ground and use a piece of wood along the length of the saddle with a level on the top.
To get an idea of any change sitting on the saddle I roll forwards and backwards from the hips and experience the different feelings a saddle change might give.


Of course, thanks, not in the vids, a LEVEL

Then you adjust it up/down front and rear

All they talk about is up/down back/front, all looks impossible to decide
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby brynpoeth » 30 Jun 2019, 12:28pm

You could pay good money for a bikefitting :?
Best to read the information from 531colin of this parish (his signature) first
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby Mick F » 30 Jun 2019, 1:12pm

Before the forums, and before the internet, and before "bike fit" at a cycle shop, how did we do it?

I've been cycling since Adam was a lad .......... well, for the last 60odd years anyway. How did I find my best position for ANYTHING considering I'm a different size and shape than I was even only 30years ago?

Trial and error breeds experience.

Just try moving something - like saddle tilt for instance. See how it feels when you go for a ride but take some tools with you to adjust, and then try again on the way home.
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 2:08pm

Mick F wrote:Before the forums, and before the internet, and before "bike fit" at a cycle shop, how did we do it?

I've been cycling since Adam was a lad .......... well, for the last 60odd years anyway. How did I find my best position for ANYTHING considering I'm a different size and shape than I was even only 30years ago?

Trial and error breeds experience.

Just try moving something - like saddle tilt for instance. See how it feels when you go for a ride but take some tools with you to adjust, and then try again on the way home.



I think you are right, ignore the vids etc and take a spanner
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby John1054 » 30 Jun 2019, 3:24pm

Bear in mind that if you're uncomfortable, adjustment on the road might need several tweaks because you may have already slightly (or severely at worst) damaged the tender regions that you're trying to comfort. Never be afraid to re-adjust several times to achieve as near perfection as you wish. Many tweaks make pleasant riding? :D

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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 4:18pm

John1054 wrote:Bear in mind that if you're uncomfortable, adjustment on the road might need several tweaks because you may have already slightly (or severely at worst) damaged the tender regions that you're trying to comfort. Never be afraid to re-adjust several times to achieve as near perfection as you wish. Many tweaks make pleasant riding? :D



I was really annoyed at Halfords, what they did was beyond belief

When I collected my bike they had for NO reason, raised the saddle EIGHT inches and lowered the handle bars one inch
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby brynpoeth » 30 Jun 2019, 4:19pm

Perhaps a serviceperson had taken a test ride to make sure the adjustment was just right :?
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When I fix my bike I take a test ride, might have to adjust again. Without a test ride, can one get it right?
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 4:21pm

brynpoeth wrote:Perhaps a serviceperson had taken a test ride to make sure the adjustment was right :?


Hmm, perhaps but it is really annoying, as it can take ages to get it right :(
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby philvantwo » 30 Jun 2019, 7:35pm

Raised the saddle 8 inches?
How did you reach the pedals!!!
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby gxaustin » 30 Jun 2019, 8:27pm

Perhaps a serviceperson had taken a test ride to make sure the adjustment was just right :?


I can understand raising the saddle, but dropping the bars?

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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby skyhawk » 30 Jun 2019, 8:40pm

gxaustin wrote:
Perhaps a serviceperson had taken a test ride to make sure the adjustment was just right :?


I can understand raising the saddle, but dropping the bars?



Me neither, I looked and couldn't believe it, dropped by over an inch
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby brynpoeth » 30 Jun 2019, 9:29pm

Maybe they took them out to grease/check and had forgotten to note the positions :?
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Re: Seat adjustment

Postby Eyebrox » 30 Jun 2019, 9:45pm

The saddle will have been raised to accommodate the clamp on the stand. If the front was lower they would have had to switch spacers from below the stem to above it. Strange!