Saddle height

Goodrich, Paul - TEB-3 wrote:
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|> Seat height is right up there with politics and religion on the list of
|> things that people tend to have pretty fixed notions about, but, for what
|> it’s worth (free, in this case, and probably worth every penny) here’s what I
|> do. I’m about 180 cm tall, of which about 150 cm seems to be legs. There was
|> no way I could ride on the standard Schwinn seat tube, so I had a metal shop
|> create a longer one. What’s comfortable for me is high enough so I can still
|> just about pedal with my heels. This gives me pretty good extension for my
|> leg muscles so they don’t cramp up. (Now several dozen other folks on this
|> list will give you conflicting advice, and you’ll finally come up with
|> something on your own that works for your body and riding style. Have fun!)

Well this is an important topic and should be given proper attention. I think
that it is of cruicial importance. Too low will bring painful knees, too high
makes it difficult to ride. Most good riders prefer a saddle height with the leg
nearly stretched, but the knee can still bend somewhat.

I don’t believe there us much disagreement on the issue of saddle height. I ran
some experiments some years ago, and I believe that for racing, lowering the
seat slightly – just slightly – helps, but there may be racers that disagree.
Here is a quote from my book, ANYONE CAN RIDE A UNICYLE, on the subject.

"…down position (perpendicular to the ground). You should be able to reach the
pedal in this popsition without leaning your body or stretching your leg. That
is, your leg should be extended straight but without any strain. Next, put the
ball of your foor on the down pedal. In this position, your knee should be
slightly bent…

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Re: Saddle height

Jack Halpern wrote:

>"…down position (perpendicular to the ground). You should be able to reach
>the pedal in this position without leaning your body or
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I assume this position means your heel is
on the pedal. (Note: This is done only to determine the
correct seat height. No one seriously rides with a heel
on pedal position.)

>stretching your leg. That is, your leg should be extended straight but without
>any strain. Next, put the ball of your foot on the down pedal. In this
>position, your knee should be slightly bent…

With the above clarification, I agree with this statement totally for a
generally correct saddle height.

For big wheel riding and standard (24") unicycle racing, I prefer the saddle
height to be between a half inch and one inch higher than normal. Since the legs
don’t bend as much when the saddle is higher, the momentum of the legs moving
back and forth is less, thus wheel wobble should be less as well. Wheel wobble
(like bobbing the head up and down in running) is just a waste of energy.

Let’s hear something from the racing experts concerning saddle height!

Stay on Top with perfect saddle height,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com