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Due to hip and knee problems I need to fit my saddle a couple of inches further back is there a bracket available?

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Asked by: William Mansoor

How do I know if my saddle is too far back?

Below is a list of possible signs that your saddle is too far back:

  1. Pain in the back of both your knees (pain in one knee is a sign that your saddle is too high)
  2. Feet go numb (from “toeing” the pedals)
  3. Upper hamstring pain in both legs.
  4. Quads only feel like they are working on climbs as you sit more forward on the seat.

How far back should your saddle be?

Saddle Position: Rules for pros



‘The UCI has its “five behind” rule [the seat nose must be a minimum of 5cm further back than the centre of the bottom bracket], and if you want to be more powerful you want to run right up to that line where possible. And not just forward, but higher too, to open up the hip angle.

How far should saddle be behind bottom bracket?

Here follows some indicative data: the tip of the saddle must fall at least 4cm behind the bottom bracket, the cranks. This is not only a biomechanical datum, but is also part of the UCI racing regulations.

How do you set a saddle set back?


Quote from video: Forward they sit further forward on the seat. So the effective seat setback or the effective. Pelvis position relative to the crank center line.

What happens if your saddle is too far forward?

Tip it too far forward and you can slide forward on the saddle. Again, this will move your sit bones off the optimum area of the saddle, while potentially compromising your power output as well. It can also cause discomfort by placing additional pressure on your perineum, arms, wrists and hands.

When should I move my saddle back?

Determining Saddle Setback



Move the saddle forward or backward so your knee is over the pedal spindle when the crank is in the 3 o’clock position. Again, this is a good starting point, and then you can adjust your cleats fore and aft as needed. Use your thumb to feel the ball of your foot on the inside of your shoe.

How do I get my bike seat further back?

Quote from video: You're going to look under here and it's going to take an Allen wrench on a lot of bikes that you can listen up and you could slide the seat forward and backwards.

How do you determine saddle position?

Place your heel on the pedal and pedal backwards to reach the six o’clock position. Your knee should be completely straight. If your knee is still bent you need to increase the height, adjusting in small increments each time, and if your heel loses contact with the pedal then you need to lower the saddle.

How do I stop my knees from hurting when cycling?

To prevent knee injury while cycling, a person can:

  1. adjust the saddle-pedal distance on their bicycle.
  2. ensure their saddle is in the correct position.
  3. wear appropriate shoes for cycling.
  4. increase cycling training gradually.
  5. warm up thoroughly before cycling.
  6. perform stretching and flexibility exercises.

What happens if saddle is too low?

A saddle too low usually means the hip angle between the torso and the thigh at the top of the stroke is restricted, which further diminishes the ability to generate force. And when force is generated, some of it is transferred into the knee instead of down to the foot, and this is a common cause of anterior knee pain.

Why do I keep sliding forward on my saddle?

The forward position means you exert more pressure on the pedals to compensate for not having the correct weight on the saddle. Sliding forward also means you’re sat on the narrowest section. With so little support; pressure builds, causing numbness around your delicate parts.

Where should I be sitting on bike saddle?

Quote from video: Похожие запросы

Is your saddle too far forward or back?

Signs That Your Fore Aft Saddle Position is Set Too Far Forward. If your saddle is set too far forward then you may be using your upper body too much causing tension in the shoulders and arms as well as having sore hands. You will be able to have a quicker cadence but you will tend to sit back on the saddle up climbs.

Where should a saddle be positioned on a horse?

Quote from video: So the saddle fits directly behind the shoulder blade on most horses that the shoulder blade feels like a large lump underneath the wither.

Where is a saddle supposed to sit?

Your saddle fits just right if it sits level on your horse’s back and the bars of the tree do not pinch. The front of your saddle should be positioned behind your horse’s shoulder blade, allowing him freedom of movement.

Where should a saddle fit on a horse?

Feel your horse’s rib cage to locate his last rib. Follow that last rib up to his spine, and you’ll see the approximate location of the 18th vertebra and end of the thoracic area. Ideally, your saddle should not extend past this point.

How do I know my saddle size?

It’s easy to measure a western saddle’s seat size. Use a retractable tape measure. Start the tape measure behind the swell and stretch it across the seat to the front of the cantle. That measurement is the seat size.

Why does my saddle lifts at the back?

The most common reason for excessive movement and bounce at the back of the saddle is panel related. If, as above, the panel is badly flocked, uneven in fit and consistency or over or under flocked the saddle will not conform to the shape of the horse’s back and movement may occur.