How to Perform Correct Saddle Fitment

(or how to adjust your seat for you Americans)

8 Nov 2011  |  Posted by Alasdair  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Stelbel Tandem courtesy Cicli-Berlinetta

In search of a supremely comfortable cycling experience you’ve decided to purchase a new saddle. Eschewing inferior plastic perches you’ve wisely elected to purchase a fine handmade leather saddle by Brooks. Whether by visiting one of the Dealers of Excellence, or after having carefully perused our online shop, you’ve ascertained which category best describes your cycling.

Confident in the knowledge that you’re a competitive bike racer, a long distance tourer or an urban commuter, and after due consideration to matters aesthetic, you’ve selected the saddle most suitable for your needs. Many miles and hours of cycling comfort await once you properly affix your new posterial support to your conveyance in the following manner.

Going Down?

Some cyclists unneccesarily incur excruciating discomfort by simply failing to attach their saddles in a fit and proper manner. Put simply, your saddle should be fixed parallel to the ground, give or take only a couple of degrees. If your saddle is inclined with a pronounced rearward slope, you’ll constantly be hauling your backside back atop your bike as it slides inexorably down towards the rear wheel. Conversely, if your saddle slopes dramatically forward, you’ll always be correcting the tendency to slip off the nose of the saddle, possibly impacting your delicate parts on the top tube and/or handlebar stem.

Going Up?

The state of true cycling Zen can really only be attained when the saddle is realtively flat, pointing neither up at the skies nor down at terra firma. Keep in mind that your saddle must be affixed at the proper height, where your leg should be very nearly, but not quite, straight when in the down position with your heel centered on the pedal.

Follow these recommendations and avoid any hint of a grimace or oddly contorted riding style. In summation-  say nope to slope, flat’s where it’s at. Enjoy the miles ahead!

Flat’s where it’s at.

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  1. cork grips 
    Posted 4:40 pm
    8 Nov 2011

    how about proper fore/aft adjustment? i think a lot of riders could benefit from that discussion!

  2. gail linne 
    Posted 5:17 pm
    8 Nov 2011

    Trust Brooks to give us accurate information that mamkes for a comfortable ride. Thanks!

  3. BREGAN 
    Posted 9:00 am
    9 Nov 2011

    We love ideas for more blog posts, thanks!

  4. Conan Hatch 
    Posted 4:04 am
    11 Nov 2011

    I would agree with the saddle adjustment. A lot of problems arise when the saddle is too much upwards or downwards looking. Many times, people give saddles a bad rap unnecessarily.

  5. Aushiker 
    Posted 2:07 pm
    13 Nov 2011

    Interesting post and you know have me going out and adjusting all four of my Brooks saddles :) I had always been led to believe a lift at the front was best for Brooks to minimise forward slipping.

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    Posted 7:23 am
    15 Nov 2011

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  7. BREGAN 
    Posted 12:07 pm
    6 Feb 2012

    The sliding feeling is something one notices mostly on new saddles, as time goes on, you may wish to readjust in order to properly support the undercarriage.