​Move Your Bike Seat Positioning To Get a Better Bike Fit

Move Your Bike Seat Positioning To Get a Better Bike Fit

I love riding my bike and I do a lot of it. Although I ride a lot, I am not what some would categorize as an expert cyclist. I’m more of a weekend warrior. Back about a year ago I started getting a really sore back while riding. I did a bit of reading and found out that your seat position is very important if you want to be able to ride comfortably.

I’ll be honest, I have never really had a set procedure for adjusting my seat height. Heck, I would just raise or lower it and call it good. Once I knew that the cure to my sore back might be found under my butt, I went looking once more for the proper procedure for adjusting a bike seat. I found the article “Bike Fit: Set your Seat Height” and have to say that it cured my back problems!

The first thing that you will notice is that the article assumes that you wear cycling specific shoes. I wouldn’t worry too much about this though. When they talk about setting your cleat position, just assume that this is the ball of your foot and you should be close enough.

I was a little turned off at first by how technical it was (i.e. it requires that you measure your knee angle). At first I wondered why but then it went on to describe that to get the most power from your legs you needed a very specific angle. It’s not a big deal to measure so just get someone to help. Now that I’ve done it, I can say that it is well worth it.

​The summarized version of this process is:

  • ​Set your cleat/foot position
  • ​Assume a natural position on the bike (as if you were really riding)
  • ​Raise your seat to get the optimal knee angle
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    ​Move your seat forward or backwards to get the optimal leg position.
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    ​Measure your new position so that you don’t have to re-do the process again.

​For a more detailed description of the seat adjustment process (and lots of pictures) read the article entitled How Can I Adjust My Bike Seat.

​Do this and say goodbye to improper seat position back problems. You gotta love that.

​I would love to hear about your ideas on seat position. Have you tried this method and has it worked?  Do you know of other ways to adjust your bike seat? Let me know!

I would love to hear about your ideas on seat position. Have you tried this method and has it worked?  Do you know of other ways to adjust your bike seat? Let me know!
Robert Flaherty