Or repeat until you have a toolbox full of broken binder bolts and seat tube clamps! Eddy Merckx used to adjust his saddle VERY frequently after his bad crash on the velodrome at Blois in 1969. He claims he never felt "right" on his bike again and he was always in search of comfort. Rumor has it he actually carried spare binder bolts on training rides.Kerry Irons said:Three other possible techniques to get you started:
- leg straight when your arch is on the pedal (bottom of the stroke)
- leg straight when your heel is on the pedal (same)
- saddle at 108-110% of cycling inseam as measured from pedal axle to saddle top
The key take away here is that there is no one best height, just starting points. There is a lot of personal physiology, flexibility, and riding style coming into play. Your best bet is to pick a starting point, ride some serious distance (several 100 miles) to get completely used to it, and then slightly raise or lower the saddle. Ride some distance to adapt to the new position and then see whether you like it better. If yes, raise or lower a bit more. If no, go in the opposite direction. Repeat until you're happy.