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How do I place the seat back 20 cm with a full suspension bike?

The only safe answer is to buy a bigger bike frame. When your adaptor fails, you will descend rapidly onto the rear wheel. The remaining original seatpost has an excellent chance of tearing your chest ...
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Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?

I know this is an old thread but it's the top one on Google and I found it helpful. I tried all the methods above and I didn't have a lot of luck so I wanted to share what I tried. I made some ...
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Does the saddle height need to be changed when the crank length changes?

Saddle height for new bike setup purposes should always be set relative to the pedal, not the BB center or any other reference point. So yes, crank length makes a difference. Using the ground or BB ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

The primary consideration in finding a saddle is how well it suits your sit bone shape and groin tissue. Some people do best with saddles that have massive cutouts (heck, even those ones that look U ...
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I bought my first road bike, and it hurts my back and hands

Don’t try to correct reach with the saddle fore-aft position. Only use stem length for that. Moving the saddle forward probably made it worse. Generally the more backwards your saddle is, the easier ...
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Do smaller riders tend to need a wider saddle?

No - smaller riders tend to smaller saddles, all other things being equal (like gender). However females tend to have wider hips for biological reasons, so the sit bones are further apart on average ...
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Narrow or comfort saddle?

You should ride whatever you find comfortable. If the old saddle was good, swap it to the new bike. If you intend on riding both bikes, keep eyes open for a second saddle of the same brand/model. ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

First, we have to acknowledge that sexism is objectively a problem in society. In athletics, a smaller proportion of women participate in competitive sports than men. Historically, women were excluded ...
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How to install a saddle on a seatpost with a top facing bolt

You use the front bolt to set the angle first, then torque the rear bolt. Sometimes a few times to get it right. The front bolt is adjusted with the thumbdial or a lever put into one of the holes in ...
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Trying to match up a new seat for my bicycle and having difficulty finding one that will work

Its a Giant Sedona, probably from the 2000's. But that information is not very useful for replacing the saddle. If you look up underneath the saddle, there will be two parallel rails, and the ...
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Trying to match up a new seat for my bicycle and having difficulty finding one that will work

The stickers tell you it's a Giant Sedona. To me it looks like a fairly old model (they still make a similar hybrid under that name, but with suspension). But you don't need the model details to ...
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Is it ok to extend/straighten legs fully while pedaling and will it give me maximum power?

I seem to have "fixed" this problem by raising it some. However, that got me thinking... what would happen if I raised it even more so that my legs would be straight (not bent at the knee) when the ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

Saddles are the most personal contact point on the bike. If you prefer a cutout, or specifically don't like cutouts, then you have the option of either. Gender and differences come into it as well, ...
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Is it possible and safe to attach this type of seat to suspension seatpost?

Looks like the new one has the same kind of saddle rails so you can remove the attachment from it and try the bare saddle rails in the suspension seatpost. It should work! Undo the two big black nuts ...
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Bolt holding saddle to seatpost broke

You need to use high tensile bolts for high tensile positions like this. A class 8.8 bolt (metric) or grade 8 (US) or higher is appropriate. Cheese-grade steel from the local discount hardware ...
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Suggestions for protecting jeans from saddle clamp bolt

I would suggest cutting off the extra threads. If you have access to a Dremel or similar tool it wouldn't be too difficult. Doing it with a hacksaw could be a real pain. Alternatively you could check ...
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How to mark seatpost position?

Not a strict answer to the direct question, but an answer to the question of sharing between different people. If you are ready to change the seatpost, having a dropper post is a nice solution when ...
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Minor but persistent saddle sore - Safe to continue riding?

I'd perhaps look at your saddle again. Padding isn't everything and there is a lot to be said for fit/sit bone width. Consider getting measured/fitted. I know what width fits me in the brand I buy. ...
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What brand is this bike seat logo?

The logo says "CODA" which appears to be a name applied to some Cannondale components. They have cranks and saddles branded as CODA. Note that there's a Jamis model called a Coda - that's ...
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Replacing the bike seat on my mid-1990s Trek mountain bike

tl;dr: Yes, you can pretty much buy any seat except some rare/expensive racing or classic leather seats. Explanation: As long as your seat attaches by two parallel rails that are 44mm apart (which is ...
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Brooks B17 saddle tension?

Leather saddles start to sag unless you add tension due to the leather stretching over time. How much tension depends on your body weight and how slack the saddle has become. Try adding enough tension ...
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What are working Proofide alternatives?

There are other brands of leather saddle wax I would consider, but I would be careful about trying random leather conditioner products. If you make the leather too soft you can permanently wreck the ...
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Is my bike a good fit?

I think it's likely that the frame is just to large for you. A medium frame is generally too large for a person 5'4" (approx. 162cm) in height. What's going in is that distance from the saddle to ...
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What saddle rail clamp should I get?

Those style of saddle clamp only slip like you described if they’re loose. Make sure you tighten the side bolts really good (it’s hard to break those things) and use threadlocker. A better option is ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a women's seat for man's mountain bicycle?

What matters is that the saddle is comfortable for the rider given the rides they're doing. There are obvious differences between male and female anatomy, which aren't to be neglected (here's some in-...
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Can saddle surface material affect comfort?

Yes, this could well be caused by your shorts sticking to the saddle. Ideally, all movement should be between the shorts and the saddle, so that there's no sliding frictional contact at your skin.
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How to mark seatpost position?

Some marker pens are more robust than others (especially if there's grease around), and on a black background it's often possible to catch the light and make it much more visible. Taking that a step ...
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How to mark seatpost position?

Rather than marking the seat post you could use the fingers on your hand. For example: Nancy's seat is three fingers high. Bob's seat is eight fingers high - four fingers plus four more. Each person ...
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How to prevent Brooks Cambium C17 saddle from wearing through pants

It's difficult to know as you haven't said what your are wearing exactly. I have this exact saddle and have covered approx 8,000km on it- wearing out no clothing (that I have noticed). I'd suggest ...
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Higher saddle height and pressure on palm

Rather than setting your seat height according to a formula, I recommend setting it through experimentation. The rule of thumb is that you should set your seat height so that when one leg is fully ...
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