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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?

None of the above techniques worked for me. I made no impression on the corrugated cardboard and the foil just showed a nice big bum-print after sitting a few different surfaces. I came up with my own ...
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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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how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

By breaking in your Brooks B17 etc. leather saddle, you create the "valleys" in the leather for your sitbones and the crotch area of the pelvis bone. Therefore you need enough time for the leather to ...
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how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

There is a lot of complete and utter non-sense around Brooks saddles. When it comes to saddles, everything works for somebody and nothing works for everybody. Rule #1. If it's not reasonably ...
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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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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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The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip

In my experience (week long camping / bike touring trips), I have never thought "Man, I wish I had a chair." I have often thought, "I have packed way too much stuff." There are a few things to ...
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Are road bike seats interchangeable?

Almost all saddles will be exchangeable -- there are a few rare (and very expensive ones) you wouldn't encounter unless you were looking for them which can't be exchanged. So yes, almost surely if ...
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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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Why are BMX saddles so low?

I ride a pro racer XL BMX. They are built for speed. I keep my seat down for 2 reasons. all my pedaling is done standing up -- power is everything for a racer. My saddle is made of one material ...
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First long bike ride: Determining the cause of saddle soreness

The first ride gives almost everybody soreness. You should be using your sit bones with your saddle. You can roughly measure this at home. A too narrow or too wide saddle may give some pain (note ...
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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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Brooks saddle angle dilemma

I noticed the same thing when I first got a B17. I fiddled with various angles and so forth, but in the end I found it's mainly just a matter of getting used to the smoother feel of leather as ...
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What is the minimal seat post depth?

Most seat posts have a "minimum" insert of 3 to 4 inches. But this varies with the material and the thickness of the post, and the weight of the rider means the minimum might still be too little. As ...
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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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Should a saddle hurt?

I bought a bike last year and after a few rides, I found the saddle very painful. I resisted on riding it, assuming that I'll get used to it, but it never happened, and I was even concerned that I ...
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Do saddle ergonomics matter if you've got padded shorts?

The short (pun intended) answer is "yes." Or at the very least, "probably yes." One of the big things that makes saddles uncomfortable is pressure on the soft tissues between your "sit bones" (the ...
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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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Seat post slipping down

It may seam counter-intuitive, but in the case like you describe a little grease may be the solution. NOTE: If you have a carbon frame or seat-post, carbon specific grease and a torque wrench should ...
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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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