The correct saddle height and saddle position are essential for enjoyable and injury free rides on your road bike. But how do you know what saddle height is right for you? And how do you determine the correct setback? There are various methods which you can use to get to the correct saddle height and setback for your road bike. The heel method is being used by many road cyclists to determine the saddle height. This is a quick and easy way to check whether your saddle height is correct. How to proceed
Stand next to your bike and raise the saddle to your hip.
Sit down on the saddle and touch the pedal with your heel. Make sure the crank arm which is currently supporting your foot is pointed down and in line with the seat tube.
Make sure the crank arm is in line with the seat tube, and extend your leg. If you can extend it easily and without discomfort, you saddle height is correct.
Before changing the height of your saddle, you should measure your current saddle height. If you change the setup, it’s always a good idea to know how high or low your saddle was set before the changes. When measuring the saddle height, you have to make sure that the crank arm is pointed down and in line with the seat tube. Then you measure from the centre of the pedal axle to the top of your saddle. Always note down your saddle height.
If your saddle is set too low or too high, it can cause all kinds of problems, from painful knees to neck and back problems. Do the problems worsen after a change, or do you get new problems? If you know your previous saddle height, you can at least reset your saddle to the correct saddle height.