Questions tagged [saddle]

The saddle part of a bike is designed to support most but not all of the rider's weight. The saddle's nose also assists in balancing and steering.

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Misaligned Carbon Rails on Brooks C13 Saddle not aligning to Seat Post Clamp

I have a [VNT Elements Seat Post] (https://shop.vannicholas.com/en/products/vnt-elements-accessories/VNT-Seatpost-Alloy-16-7mm-Setback/11326). This saddle has two bolts at the back and clamps onto the ...
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Torque Specification for Brooks C13 Saddle with Carbon Rails

I wanted to know what the torque specification for this saddle (Brooks C13) would be. There is no torque spec/limit information on the Brooks website for this saddle. The concern is that the rails are ...
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What is the appropriate torque for a single bolt saddle clamp

I had to adjust my saddle position and was unsure how tight the saddle clamp should be attached to the tube. Some numbers (22-24?) are engraved on the clamp (first image), but I'm not sure if they ...
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Can I use a lay back post on a Schwinn Meridian 26" tricycle?

I just purchased a 26" Schwinn Meridian trike. I am 6'3" and am wondering if I can use a set back or lay back seat post in order to get a little more leg extension. Are there any ...
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Do smaller riders tend to need a wider saddle?

I was looking at Trek's website and noticed that on some of their bikes they spec a wider saddle for small sizes. This is on one of the 2021 Checkpoints. Is this a general rule of thumb, that shorter ...
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Can saddle surface material affect comfort?

I bought a brand new bike, fitted with a brand new saddle. For the first few rides, it felt good, comfortable for the bum. The only noticeable annoyance was the surface being very adhesive. The bib ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

Why are there not more bicycles and accessories designed to ergonomically meet the needs of the female body? I'm not talking dresses or skirts. A range of skeletal features differentiate the female ...
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I bought my first road bike, and it hurts my back and hands

I bought my first road bike (from a MTB) about a 2 weeks ago, and I’ve given it 200 kms so far. However, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain and weight on my hands that slowly creep up (sometimes ...
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Sliding Back in the Saddle while Climbing

I recently did a road bike event while a few steep climbs. I felt myself sliding back in the saddle to the point where when the road eventually leveled off I had to stand up and reposition myself ...
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How to lock a saddle clamp to stop it from loosening during riding?

I borrowed my son's bike (a simple mountain bike) and I have problems with the saddle: I pushed it as far as possible to the back (so that it tilts down as much as possible otherwise I have the ...
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Seat rail clamp does not lock in the angle of the saddle

Just put together this bike which is a VB-r-068, i've tightened it to the point where I can't tighten it anymore yet I can still tilt it and what not. I've greased the threads since I thought that ...
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Is there a way to add offset to Rockshox Reverb AXS dropper seatpost?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to add offset to a Rockshox Reverb AXS seatpost? I saw a company called FAIR Bicycle that developed hardware to add offset (+ or -) to a Reverb, but it's not ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

I'm thinking about buying a new saddle and I have seen that you can still buy high-end saddles without any cut-out / relief channel. I was always advised that I should go for the latter ones since ...
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Should I be concerned if the seat spring is a bit loose?

Hard to see or even photograph but as is in common in road bikes in Japan the bicycle seat is supported by one/two springs on a hole. It is cold now about -5C to 5C and the seat now moves up when ...
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Sit bones and the saddle's curves

Consider two twins, a brother and a sister. They are of identical height. They have precisely the same arm length. Their legs (both femur and tibia) are exactly the same lengths. But, as would be ...
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Can I turn a Brooks Flyer into a Brooks B17?

Can I turn a Brooks Flyer saddle into a Brooks B17 (... with reasonable effort ... whatever that means)? Has anyone ever tried? Brooks Flyer: https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/flyer.html Brooks B17: ...
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Correct saddle height v correct frame size

This is something that has always intrigued me. I expect there are numerous answers to this here. Apologies in advance! I'm 178cm tall with a 73cm inside leg. I've cycled for more years than I'd like ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a women's seat for man's mountain bicycle?

We are buying an electric mountain bike, a Specialized Turbo Levo SL, for my wife. It's a men's bike, and I see, for example, the SCOTT Contessa differs from men's models by having a women's seat, ...
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Trying to tighten a saddle clamp but nothing seems to give

I'm first trying to remove a stuck seat post through brute force. I've removed the wheels, fork, and chain so that it can more easily be worked with upside down. I began to turn the frame in a ...
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How to install a saddle on a seatpost with a top facing bolt

I recently purchased a new bike and I am trying to swap the original saddle for my own. On my previous bike both bolts holding the seat clamp together are down facing, i.e. accessible from below the ...
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Saddle / Seat slowly creeps backwards

So, over the course of several months, I notice that my saddle has been creeping backwards on the seat post. Road bike. Fizik seat post (two screws, one manual, one hex head.) Ti rail saddle. I tend ...
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How to fix this saddle for my road bike?

I have this bike: https://www.boc24.de/p/compel-rr-100/213327/#itemId=213327-1 I disassembled my bike and have Problems putting my saddle back together. What i tried: Putting from both sides: What i ...
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Adding height to a banana seat

I just got an addmotor m-66 r7, I am a bigger rider and am finding I need a just a bit more leg room between me and the pedals to make pedaling enjoyable since the seat is a stationary banana seat. I ...
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Torque of the rails or torque of the post?

I am building a bike and I am using a saddle with carbon rails on an alloy seatpost. I read that it's not an issue as long as the shape of the clamps is compatible with the shape of the rails, and in ...
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What's the ideal balance (forward/backward) in the saddle on an endurance road bike?

I got my first road bike (and found I favor endurance riding position), and I can't figure out if I'm positioned well in the saddle. It's as far aft as it goes, but I still feel like I'm falling ...
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Can a conventional seat be reversed 180 degrees to be used as a noseless seat?

I am interested in potentially switching to a noseless seat (also called noseless saddle). Instead of buying one, can I simply reverse my conventional seat 180 degrees and sit on the edge of the new ...
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How do you tell what model of bike I have? [duplicate]

I bought this bike 2 days ago. I searched for some info, but couldn't find it. The only information I found was to be around 1972
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Narrow or comfort saddle?

I have just purchased an e-bike that came with a wide "comfort saddle". I am used to riding a hybrid with a narrow saddle, and that seat was very comfortable on long trips. Should I replace ...
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How do I place the seat back 20 cm with a full suspension bike?

Here are 2 ideas for a makeshift design. The first one is no not that good. The second idea seems more doable using 2 heavy duty seatpost attached luggage racks. The seatpost is 33mm diameter, dunno ...
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How can I stop a saddle from creaking in a spinning bike?

My housemate bought a spinning bike since all fitness places are closed due to corona. It has an ordinary (non-road/mtb) saddle which creaks when pressure is applied on its edges (nose, back, left/...
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Maximum load of seat and quality of cheap carbon seats from China

I ride daily a single speed bike in the city, where is a lot of bumps, pothole etc. I would like to replace my current heavy seat (550g) for something very light. On eBay are available some cheap “...
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Does it make sense to fine-tune saddle forward-backward position without also adjusting the height?

Context To reduce bum pain after switching from cycling shorts to winter clothing (base layer + cycling waterproof trousers, with no gel pads), from an otherwise just-about-right saddle position, I ...
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Trek 520 (2021) saddle dimensions

Does anyone have dimensions (width) for the stock saddle that comes with a Trek 520 2021 model? The Trek website simply describes it as "Bontrager Evoke"
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What is my bicycle flange nut size?

As stated in my previous question, I am still trying to find the size of my flange nut on my seatpost. I need a new one because the old one was worned out. I bought a 3/8-16inch g/8 flange nut off of ...
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What is the size of my seatpost clamp nut?

I have this bicycle given by me by a friend, I kept adjusting the height of the bicycle saddle for different members of my family and now the sides of the nut are rounded. The nut is used to adjust ...
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What saddle rail clamp should I get?

I just got a new supercycle bike that came with everything, including the saddle rail clamp (the part connecting the double-railed saddle to the shaft beneath). After riding about 20km on it, the bike ...
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Seatpost clamp arrow and too wide saddle rails

I have two questions in one: :) The first would be what direction does this arrow on the seatpost's top clamp indicate? Is it towards the front or rear of the bike? Second would be what should I do if ...
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Size of clamp for Fizik Vento Argo R1 saddle on Specialized CG-R seat post

I have a 2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc with a CG-R seatpost, and recently bought a Fizik Vento Argo R1 short-nose saddle for it. Knowing it has ovalised carbon rails and not the standard 7 mm ...
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Do high and narrow seat and back bending provide good bike riding posture?

I would like to ride a bike as part of daily commute on roads someday, as I rode a bike to school in another country in the past. But I have been bothered by some uncomfortable points from the bikes ...
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How can I measure a saddle to buy something similar?

I got on quite well with the stock saddle on my tourer, until recently. That's not surprising as the plastic has broken. The bike manufacturer isn't great for spares, and I'm sure I could do better, ...
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Do I need to protect my leather saddle from the sun?

Most questions about leather saddles seem to be about keeping them dry, but what about too dry? I just bought a new bike with a Brooks B-17. I've applied proofide and I will be getting a cover to ...
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Saddle started to hurt after years of riding

Recently I began having problems with my saddle, or more precisely, my behind. It starts to hurt where my sit bones are after 45-60 minutes. It feels sore at first, but eventually it gets really ...
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How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

Help me win free ice-cream! I happen to be someone who's yet to start cycling "properly" (the highest I've ridden yet is about 15 kilometres in a session, on a bike that most people here ...
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How to measure sit bone distance if I am very fat?

I saw many people over the Internet suggesting I sit on a cardboard with my feet a little lifted, mimicking my riding position, and then marking the place with chalk to reveal ny sit bones footprints. ...
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Saddle Position

I am a newbie to biking. I got my bike fitted in a local bike shop. I feel comfortable riding it. However, I feel (by looking at it) that the saddle is fitted way too back. It looks as if the back ...
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Are bike saddles always removable from the saddle post?

I want to buy a mountain bike soon and I’ve been doing a bunch or research. I noticed that some bike saddles can detach from the top of the saddle post, while others get removed with the whole post. ...
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What is the ideal saddle height? [duplicate]

What should be the ideal saddle height of my bike if I'm 5'10" foot and using a 29" flat bar bike?
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Seat mounting rails bent out of shape

Recently I crashed my bike, and since then, the seat has been tilted towards the left side. I know very little about bikes and the associated terminology, but I think what happened is that the rails ...
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How to prevent cycling shorts damage from brooks swallow saddle?

I am new to cycling and I have brooks swallow saddle and pair of cycling shorts. After the ride, I observed that the short's fabric is a bit damaged. This happened at the same place for both shorts. I ...
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Why is the Selle Anatomica X1 saddle rated for longer rides than the X2?

The X-series Touring bike saddles from Selle Anatomica are arguably the most comfortable bikepacking saddles in the world. The main difference between the two is the frame, one is a chromoly frame and ...
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