Maintenance: how to adjust your saddle/seat

Finding your optimal saddle height can boost your pedalling efficiency and enhance the comfort of your ride. 

The most common way new cyclists find their saddle height is the heel-to pedal method, and while this doesn’t take into account all of the elements that can affect saddle height, it will get you in the ballpark.

The heel-to-pedal method involves sitting on the bike, holding on to a table, or just leaning against a wall. Place your heel on the pedal and pedal backwards to reach the six o’clock position. Your knee should be completely straight. 

If your knee is still bent you need to increase the height, adjusting in small increments each time, and if your heel loses contact with the pedal then you need to lower the saddle.                

Check out a quick video to watch it being done:


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