What tool do you need to lower a bike seat?
All you’ll need is an Allen wrench (preferably a torque wrench) and a plumb bob. It’s best if you have someone who can help you when making these adjustments, as you’ll need to be seated on the bike and have another set of eyes to check your position.
What is the best seat position on a bike?
Ideally you want about a 3 degree bend in your knee while your foot is at the bottom of your pedal stroke (6 o’clock). If your saddle is too tall you will get a rocking sensation as you pedal that you’ll want to avoid. The handle bars are the second most vital contact point on your bike after your saddle.
Should your legs be straight when riding a bike?
“Your leg should be straight, which equates to a 20- to 25-degree knee bend when clipped in,” she says. When both feet are positioned parallel to the floor (3 o’clock and 9 o’clock), the forward knee should be over the ball of your foot.
Why are bike seats so high?
Mountain bikers seats are high so they can increase their pedal power and efficiency. It allows the rider to almost fully extend their legs while pedaling, this helps to avoid damaging your knees. It elevates the center of gravity which improves your bike handling.
What happens if your bike seat is too low?
A saddle too low usually means the hip angle between the torso and the thigh at the top of the stroke is restricted, which further diminishes the ability to generate force. And when force is generated, some of it is transferred into the knee instead of down to the foot, and this is a common cause of anterior knee pain.
Why won’t my bike seat go down?
There are two possible reasons: The seatpost may be stuck mechanically, for instance by being the wrong size and having been forced in; or, the problem may be chemical, caused by corrosion. If an oversized seatpost was forced into the frame, it will often make a noticeable bulge in the seat tube.