Riding with your seat too high or low can cause knee pain, saddle sores, lower back ache and reduce your pedaling efficiency. That's why seat height is one of the most important bike adjustments. We're experts at fitting bicycles and we can find the best seat height and position for you. We're also happy to help you make the adjustment on your own. Here's an easy method (all you need is a helper) and a video with tips.
Put on cycling clothes (including the shoes you ride in) and start adjusting by leveling the seat and centering its rails in the seat post clamp so that your knee is over the pedal when the pedal is at 3 o'clock. Now, to find the right height, place the bike in a doorway or on a stationary trainer so you can hold yourself up. Have your buddy stand behind you where he can watch your legs and hips (if you can't find a helper, shoot a video of yourself to refer to).
Next, get on the bike, place your heels on the tops of the pedals and pedal backwards. The seat height is perfect when your legs are completely extended when the pedals reach the bottom of the pedal stroke with your heels on the pedals. If your hips rock, the seat is too high. If there's any bend in the knees, the seat is too low.
With the seat at this height, you'll have a slight bend in your knees when you're riding with the balls of your feet over the pedals (where they belong), which should be the most comfortable, efficient and injury-free saddle height.
Now that you've found the best seat height, it's a great idea to mark the setting by wrapping a bit of tape around the seatpost just above the frame. That way, if you box the bike for shipping or change the seat height for a friend to use the bike, you can quickly return it to the right spot for you. If you have any questions or need help adjusting your seat height, give us a call and we'll be happy to help.