Saddle height: How to get it right, and why it’s so important | Cycling Weekly


I’m Hannah Reynolds, Fitness Editor at
Cycling Weekly magazine, and today I’m at Bespoke Cycling’s flagship store in
Canary Wharf with expert bike fitter Ben Halim He is going to tell us a little bit
about how to set our saddle height So where do we start?
Well there are two ways that we can get roughly in the right ballpark in terms
of saddle height. The first uses your inseam and the second we can do on the
bike itself. For the first method what we want to do is find your inseam
measurement so I find the quickest and simplest way to do this is using a ruler.
Just stand roughly shoulder width apart pop the ruler between your legs just as
high as it will go, keeping it nice and level Let’s take a measurement from the side
and see how high that is… 755 Once we have that measurement we want to times that number by 0.887 We want to transfer this measurement across to the bike and we’re measuring from the center of the bottom
bracket to the top of the saddle Another way to get in a general ballpark in terms of saddle height is to use the bike itself. In this method if
you put your heel on the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke like so… and
then raise the saddle until your knee is locked out and straight, and then clip
back in, we’re going to be in roughly the right ballpark.
Now this doesn’t take into account how long your foot is so again this is just
to get in roughly the right position So how do I know if my saddle height is now right? Well, what we’re looking for at the bottom of the pedal stroke is a soft
knee bend so roughly about 150 degrees But your saddle height is only one part
of your bike fit? Certainly. There are many elements that
make up the fit – the cleats, saddle, bar position, and each of them are
interrelated. Changing one can have an effect on the position of the others,
so this is why going to a professional bike fitter gives a
comprehensive solution to all of these elements So how do I know if my saddle
height is wrong? You may be getting knee pain – this is a very common complaint from saddle height issues A very general rule of thumb is that if the
pain is on the front of the knee then the saddle might be a little bit low.
If the pain is at the back of knee you might have your saddle set slightly too
high. On this occasion I would probably suggest moving the saddle roughly three
to four millimeters maximum to see if this helps to alleviate the problems. If
you have any more questions on how to set the saddle height leave a comment