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July 4, 1977

Saddle Height for Bicycles

Author Affiliations

Pima County Medical Society Tucson, Ariz

JAMA. 1977;238(1):27. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280010027006

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To the Editor.—  The letter entitled "Errors in Bicycling Technique" by David L. Smith, MD (237:1200, 1977), while pointing out some common errors in the growing sport and pastime of cycling, mentions the essential of correct saddle height. While agreeing with Dr Smith that most American bicyclists ride with their saddles too low, there are many who go to the other extreme. The suggestion that a rider should measure the inside length of the leg from groin to floor is good, but to then use 109% of this measurement is not a good idea at all, especially for any distance cycling.A better method of obtaining a proportionately good saddle height is for the rider to sit on the bicycle while being held upright by a friend, then place the heel of the left or right leg on the pedal surface. At this point, the saddle should be adjusted either