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Leg soft tissue injury

Sutton_RiderSutton_Rider Posts: 436
edited October 2017 in Road general
On a road bike how important is saddle height when it comes to leg soft tissue injury or pain around the knee?

Given that both legs are the same length and the saddle is set at the perfect height, how much can that height deviate up or down before pain and/or injury becomes a strong possibility.

In other words just how important is it to get the saddle height spot on, how much room is there for error?

BTW I'm not looking at loss of performance here.
http://www.qsl.net/g4gvb
Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Di2 - 2020
Carrera Virtuoso - 2015
ex Focus Cayo Ultegra Di2 - 2016
ex Giant Defy 1 - 2015

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  • For me, there is about a cm long sweet spot that I'd call comfortable, anything else is obvious within a minute or so.
  • robert88robert88 Posts: 2,706
    It's a fine margin IME. My bikes are set up with exactly the same height. Getting it wrong doesn't immediately impact, it can be hours after getting off the bike if the saddle is too high when the ligaments behind the knee complain. Having the saddle too low is more obviously uncomfortable.

    There many methods for 'getting it right', the one I use is the heel on the pedal, leg just bent one. It's simple and it works for me.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,703
    robert88 wrote:
    There many methods for 'getting it right', the one I use is the heel on the pedal, leg just bent one. It's simple and it works for me.
    Excellent rule of thumb starting point.
    Only minor adjustments are required from there.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
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  • Thanks guys. I use the heel method and found it has always worked well, but I've suddenly got this knee injury, (down the inside edge of the left knee and across the top of the knee cap) it may not even be cycling related, but I can't think what else could of caused it. MRI scan in 2 weeks should ID the problem. In the mean time I've been thinking about saddle height, hence the post. Been off the bike for a month now, bummer.
    http://www.qsl.net/g4gvb
    Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Di2 - 2020
    Carrera Virtuoso - 2015
    ex Focus Cayo Ultegra Di2 - 2016
    ex Giant Defy 1 - 2015
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,703
    Thanks guys. I use the heel method and found it has always worked well, but I've suddenly got this knee injury, (down the inside edge of the left knee and across the top of the knee cap) it may not even be cycling related, but I can't think what else could have caused it. MRI scan in 2 weeks should ID the problem. In the mean time I've been thinking about saddle height, hence the post. Been off the bike for a month now, bummer.
    FWIW, I've noticed grand tour riders legs are a long way off straight on the downstroke.
    I know we are not pros but they ride many more miles and must know something.
    Maybe a lower saddle without going extreme might help.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • I came to the same conclusion via a different route and have lowered the saddle 5mm, I've yet to test it as the leg is still not right.
    http://www.qsl.net/g4gvb
    Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Di2 - 2020
    Carrera Virtuoso - 2015
    ex Focus Cayo Ultegra Di2 - 2016
    ex Giant Defy 1 - 2015
  • cyberknightcyberknight Posts: 1,238
    Just put my winter commuter saddle down 2.5 mm as i had ot factored in longer crank length properly , could be though i do run at the upper end of my sweet spot ?
    FCN 3/5/9
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