Fitting Bicycle Seats
Instructions for Fitting Bicycle Seats
Installing the line of RideOut’s Bicycle Seats and/or other bicycle seats.
All bicycle seats must be fitted properly in order to provide maximum comfort for the rider. Proper fitting depends also on other bicycle variables. Handlebar height, frame size, the type of bicycle (mountain, comfort, road, etc.) and even the riding terrain influence the proper fitting of all bicycle seats.
Whether you are using one of the RideOut’s Bicycle Seats seats or one of the many other bicycle seats on the market today, proper adjustment is paramount. To begin, let’s look at frame size.
For most riders, the first step in getting the right size bike is to stand over the frame with both feet flat on the ground. A properly-sized road bike frame will give an inch or two of clearance between the top tube of the frame and your crotch. Not too much, not too little. A mountain bike should have more space.
Begin fitting most bicycle seats by adjusting the seat post so that when your foot is on the pedal at its lowest level you knee is slightly bent. For the Carbon Comfort line of bicycle seats, you may have to lower your seat post about ½ inch from its existing position. The Carbon Comfort sits slightly higher on the post than other bicycle seats, because of the advanced infused carbon fiber suspension system it incorporates.
All of the Carbon Comfort bicycle seats are optimized for a slightly more upright body geometry. The majority of our riders find the greatest comfort if they can raise their handlebars slightly, about an inch.
RideOut’s Bicycle Seats should be mounted with the horn/nose of the seat pushed as far back toward the rear of the bike as you can adjust it. For women, start with seat about 7 degrees tilted down and for men start with the bike seat level. As you ride, adjust the seat closer to the handlebars, up or down and needed. Because you are sitting on this seat, not straddling it as you do with other bicycle seats, you’ll need to position it so that the natural fold where your leg meets your behind is right on the edge of the seat. Ideal leg position for all bikes is to have the ankle directly below the hip.
All bicycle seats need to be tweaked and adjusted to suit the individual rider’s preferences and riding style. If you have problems or questions regarding the fitting of any of the bicycle seats on the market today, your local bicycle store is a great source for help.
Please see our installation guide and seat adjustment videos below:
How to Adjust the Carbon Comfort Saddle
Installation Guide Clam-Shell Mount
Installing with a Single Bolt Mount
I do biking on paved roads and off road – even a bumpy rough road has been no match for this saddle. There is plenty of room on the saddle so you can readjust your butt as you’re riding.
I ride a mountain bike outfitted with hybrid tires. This isn’t a road bike – I don’t know how the weight of this saddle compares with others. To be honest, the weight doesn’t even matter to me. I plan on purchasing a road bike next year to compliment my mountain bike, and you better believe I’ll be buying one of these saddles to go on that bike, too.
June 25, 2011
Complete Written Instructions
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Cheap bikes seats, yep you can get them, but as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. However, with RideOut Bicycles seats, buy them for comfort, ride them for life.
Please remember that biking is an inherently dangerous activity. Always check your equipment before riding. We highly recommend periodically checking your seat mount and all screws and bolts before riding just as you would check tire pressure every time before you ride.
Yes, this seat looks a bit different. It may feel different too. As you mount the seat we suggest:
- This seat works best when the handlebars are equal to or higher that the height of the seat. The carbon fiber pan of this saddle makes it set about a 3/4 inch higher than a standard seat so began by lowering your seat post height 3/4 inch. The saddle is designed to set further back on the seat post than a standard seat. Try starting with the seat mounted as far back as possible. You may want to adjust the handle bars slightly up ½ inch higher as well.
- We have found in our testing that men tend to prefer the saddle level, whereas women generally like the horn slanted around 5-7 degrees down.
- As you ride, you should feel the sides flexing slightly up and down as you pedal.
- It may take some tinkering to find the correct position/angle.
- If you feel there is too much pressure on your hands, bring the seat forward on the post.
- If you feel you are sliding off, bring the seat closer to level.
- If you feel pressure from the front of the saddle on the back of your legs, slant it slightly down and bring the seat forward.
- Try sitting up you as you ride, move a bit back and forth on the seat to place the very top of your legs at the very forward edge of the seat.
- This is a different feel and will take a few minutes to get used to the feeling. Ride a mile and put your old seat back on. Ride again. This is where most people are convinced this seat design is a better one for them.
Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions or concerns you may have regarding the line Carbon Comfort Seats, we will be happy to assist you!