How to Adjust Your Bike Seat

How to Adjust Your Bike Seat

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It is important that your bike seat (saddle) is at the correct height to ensure that your bike ride is comfortable and just as importantly, to conserve energy while you pedal.


  1. Mount bike and brace yourself against a wall.
  2. Hold your brake and place your heel on your pedal. Your leg should be straight but your knee shouldn't be locked.
    • If saddle is too low (your knee is bent), it will make it harder to pedal. If you want to travel a long distance, it will soon become tiring.
    • If saddle is too high (your knee is locked), when are pedalling your hips will go from side to side making it harder to pedal in a comfortable gear.
  3. Adjust the seat. If there is no quick release, use an Allen key to loosen and tighten the bolt.
    • Where there is a quick release, slide the saddle up and down when you open it.
    • When you close it, it should be firm.
    • If the lever doesn't close all the way down, you may have to loosen the bolt on the other side to get the correct tension.
    • If it doesn't clamp the saddle, you may need to open it up and clamp the nut on the other side.
  4. Check the saddle to make sure it is firm.
  5. Tighten it if it is loose.


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