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How High Should My Bike Seat Be

The height of the bike seat is important and directly affects your performance while riding. Setting the right height for your bike seat allows you to easily transfer power from your legs to the pedals. It allows you to move forward without straining your legs too quickly.

How high should my bike seat be? Well, this guide will help you determine the right bike seat height for you. With this, you will be able to determine if your bike seat is too high or too low for your needs.

This includes aligning your saddle, checking the fore and aft position of the saddle, and ensuring the correct top tube and stem length. These steps will help you achieve the desired level of comfort while riding.

What happens if you use the wrong bike seat height
Having the right bike seat height allows you to maintain good posture while riding. It helps to adjust your back, shoulders, arms and legs into a riding position. The first negative consequence of a wrong seat height is poor posture and muscle strain.

Here are the most specific problems you can have with the wrong bike seat height:

Strain on your knees

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One of the main culprits of having strained knees after biking is the seat height. If it is positioned badly and placed at a wrong angle, you will most probably experience a strain on your knees.

With the wrong placement, you might overreach your pedals when seated. You might also lean too hard and exert more effort trying to gain access to the bike handlebars.

Pain in the lower back
Another negative result of a wrong road bicycle seat height is pain on your lower back. If your bike seat height is not properly aligned with the handlebars, it will be hard to reach the bars properly. You will put more effort to get access with the handlebars and can hurt your lower back. Your lower spinal cord will be stretched out and receive too much strain with the wrong bike seat height.

Pain in the hamstring
Badly positioned seat height also causes damage to your hamstrings. If the height of your bike seat is too low, it can significantly damage your bones and muscles. Your thighs will experience discomfort when the seat is too lowered.

Discomfort in the calf
Another part of your body that would experience pain is your calf muscles. When the seat height is too high or too low, you cannot pedal conveniently, and the muscles in the calf area can feel pain. Wrong seat height pushes you to put more effort in pedaling, which, in turn, pressures your calf muscles.

Setting Your Bike Seat Height

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There are a number of ways to properly set your bike seat height to allow you to ride more comfortably without worrying about muscle soreness and bike fatigue.

Sherlock Holmes
The Sherlock Holmes method is one of the most precise and accurate ways to adjust the height of a bicycle seat. When using this method, you must be careful with your feet on the pedals. When the pedals are set to the lowest position, your knees should be tilted between 25-36 degrees.

If you have knee problems, the ideal angle is closer to 25 degrees. If you observe that your knees are bent more than 30 degrees, it is critical to lower the bicycle saddle.

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For this technique, you need to consult an expert or use a full range of professional bike accessories. It is important to check the position or position of the handlebars and seat of the bicycle.

To do this, you can ride the bike and adjust the handlebar and seat mounts. Observe how your body responds or if you feel discomfort after adjusting. If so, readjust if necessary, taking into account your knees and lower back position.

Heel way
If you want the easiest way to correct your saddle height, you should resort to the heel method. To do this, it is necessary to stand next to your bicycle and raise the saddle of the bicycle to line up with your hips.

After that, you can sit on the bike and hit the pedals with your heels. Note that the crank arm should line up with the seat and the seat should point down. To determine if the seat height is correct, your legs must be straight and your knees must not be hyperextended.

Lemon method or 109% method
This technique is more scientific. It uses a certain formula to measure the height of the bicycle seat for your body. It is also preferable to the heel method.

To do this, you need to stand against a wall, take a thick book and place it between your legs. Then, you must pull the book up to a position that is more comfortable for you. If you’re still not satisfied, check out this article to find out why your bike seat is uncomfortable and how you can make it more comfortable here.

After that, mark the position of the book and measure the distance and ground in millimeters. Calculate the height of the saddle to get a 109% inseam.

Check the correct height
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To determine if you have the correct saddle, pay attention to your heels. Once the pedals are in their lowest position, your heels should brush the pedals at the 6 o’clock position.

If you experience any discomfort in your front knee, be sure to adjust or raise the saddle moderately. However, if you experience back knee pain, you will have to lower the saddle a little. Small changes of about 2mm should be made when adjusting.

Correct front/rear saddle position
To get the correct front/rear saddle position, you must sit nicely in the center of the bike’s saddle while making sure the crank arms are level. Use the plumb line from the front of the front kneecap to reach the neutral position. Make sure it should touch the end of the crank arm properly. Once the crank arms are in the 3 o’clock position, your knees must be above the pedal axis.

Correct top tube and stem length
The right top tube height and stem length also determine your comfort level. If you are sitting comfortably on the bike with your elbows slightly bent when your hands are on the brake hood, you are in an upright position. This means you may need longer steps to reduce discomfort in your lower back.


How to choose your saddle

GAUGING YOUR PERSONAL SIZE


Before we begin you first need to know your personal size and this means that you need to measure your sit bones. Many ebike shops have a tool for this and can also help you with ebike saddle fitting. Some ebike stores even offer saddle pressure mapping which can show you your ebike saddle fit and your pressure points on a saddle, showing you if you favor one side or if a saddle is too small or too large for your behind. The store’s experts should then be able to offer you insights into saddle fitting and which ebike saddle may be best for you.


To measure your sit bones yourself, take a sheet of aluminum foil and place it on top of a soft surface with a hard base beneath it; like a cushioned table chair or a carpeted stair. Sit down on the foil and assume your riding position for a few seconds. Stand up. You should now have a fragile foil cast of your rear-end and in it will be two indentations. These are the marks of your sit bones. Measure the distance between the center points of these two indentations and you have the width of your sit bones!


Note: Be sure to convert the measurement to millimeters (mm) as this is how sit bone widths are measured in the electric bicycle world. You’re going to want an ebike seat that is 10-20mm larger than your sit bone width as many ebike saddles slope off at the edge.

RIDING POSITION AND TERRAIN
The first factor that is going to determine which saddle is the best fit for you is how you ride your ebike. There are two different riding positions, aggressive and upright, and there is a lot of hybrids, grey area between them.

Aggressive Riders: Aggressive riders are those that lean into their handlebars, much like riders do in the road racing world. If this is how you ride you’re probably going to want a T Shaped saddle with a cutout or relief channel in it.


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