What happens if your saddle height is too high?
A saddle that is too high will cause the hips to rock back and forth. Not only does this detract from pedalling efficiency, but it can also be extremely uncomfortable. Discomfort can show up in your lower back or as knee pain (especially in the back of the knee).
How do I know if my bike saddle is too high?
Strain in the back of your knee, or irregular sharp pain in its side, it’s likely your saddle is too high – so adjust the height as you would for wobbly hips. But another area you may want to check is your cleat or shoe position on the pedal. Your cadence shouldn’t be characterised by pointed toes.
Should saddle be higher than handlebars?
As a general rule of thumb, you want the top of the handlebar about as high (or higher than) the saddle, unless you’re a sporty rider looking to ride fast. Try touching your elbow to the nose of the saddle and reaching forward towards the handlebar with your hand.
What should be the height of cycle seat?
Generally speaking, at full extension (which is not 6 o’clock – more like 5 o’clock) 30 to 40 degrees of knee bend is the generally accepted range. If you’re feeling tension at the front of the knee or a large amount of work only from your quads, the seat height is a bit low.
How high should saddle be above handlebars?
For a performance road position, the top of the handlebar should be about 5-6 cm below the mid-point of the saddle. 4. For a recreational road bike position, the top of the handlebar should be level with the mid-point of the saddle, or maybe a couple of centimetres below.
Does saddle height matter?
Getting your saddle height is important because you need to be comfortable when you ride, as this will enable you to ride longer and to push harder. “Getting the height right will also prevent injury – compression injuries from having it too low and over-stretching issues from having it too high.
Does saddle height affect Cadence?
Generally, people believe that a lower saddle is conducive to higher cadences. I’d be more willing to believe that too-high of a saddle causes posterior knee pain, which is usually the upper-boundary of proper saddle height… rather than lower cadence.