Sitting, pedaling right


September 30, 2001

Just sit on your bike and go, right? Not if you want to get decent efficiency and not run the risk of backache and/or a sore tailbone. How you adjust your seat height is important. Some pointers:

* Without getting to technical, adjust your seat so each leg is just short of being fully extended when its pedal hits the lowest position.

* Keep the seat flat or tilted slightly upward.

* Two tests: if your hips rock when you pedal, your seat is too high. If your knees never straighten as you pedal, your seat is too low.

* Helpful hint: When you determine the right height, wrap a piece of tape around the post to mark the spot.

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