How To: Align your saddle and handlebars

Follow these easy step to make sure things are always in alignment

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Use a piece of string to get more accurate alignment. If the nose of the saddle doesn't fall dead center on your string, the saddle is not straight.

Use a piece of string to get more accurate alignment. If the nose of the saddle doesn’t fall dead center on your string, the saddle is not straight (click to enlarge).

Do you hate it when your handlebars or saddle are not lined up perfectly? Us, too. So how do you assure that everything is in proper alignment? Check out this video from the Global Cycling Network, which includes two easy-to-apply methods.

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Comments:

  • B Schuppe says:

    For bars, with the stem-to-steerer tube bolts loosened JUST enough to allow the bars to be rotate left-right, I put a piece of white paper (or anything that’s a nice contrast to the fork drop-out color) under the front wheel. Now, standing behind the bars (not in front of, as shown in the GCN video), look down the front of the bars to the fork drop-outs. I then compare the unwrapped inner part of the bars right at the stem to the drop-outs. I have to gently pull cables that are impairing a direct view back slightly, and that gives me a clear view. Line up the bars to the drop-outs, and lock it all down. Done – and easy.

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