Last week I talked a little about why some saddles are so thin. Trying to write to the Non-cyclist who may not already know, I’d like to occasionally go down this road and answer some simple questions I frequently hear from people new to the sport or just the average joe.
Todays topic will be, “How in da heil does you ride with you’re seat so high?!”
I get this question quite often, and seldom like answering it due to how many times I’ve had to explain it to people. But that’s okay, now I can tell them to just go on the internets and find this.
Take a look at this douchbag lier and his perfect saddle height.
Aside from everything wrong about this specific rider, his saddle height is dialed! Lets take a look at why.
You want your leg just about straight. But never fully straight! Getting good extension in your pedal stroke will result in more power output, and your legs will be happier at the end of your ride. But if your saddle is set too high, your body will have to shift over side to side in order to get a full rotation on the cranks. Terrible for your riding form and can cause multiple problems down the road. Literally.
This general rule of thumb doesn’t only apply to the douchey roadies and professionals. Recreational riders and even children will find it easier to pedal for a long period of time when their legs aren’t scrunched up. And while most people don’t realize it, If they are riding with their seat too low, or if they are on too small of a bike, they will most likely be turned off by their experience and quit riding. Unaware that this simple problem is underlying factor of a bad experience.
The initial reaction of someone not able to put their feet flat on the ground and sit on the bike at the same time would be that it’s way too high. While in reality, you don’t want that. When Im sitting on my saddle I literally can’t touch the ground at all. That will change depending on the type of bike, but keep in mind you should at least be on your tip toes on most bikes.