The rider’s comfort will depend, to a much greater extent than is generally
imagined, upon the correct adjustment of the saddle on the bicycle.
The great thing to bear in mind is that, to obtain comfort and avoid injurious
pressure, the weight must be carried on the broad apart of the saddle. The
peak should carry as little weight as possible. The nose is mainly intended
to ensure a steady and secure seat, which a peakless saddle would not do.
By paying attention to the following hints the correct position should be
The saddle should be placed:
1. just sufficiently behind the crank-axle to allow the rider to sit upon the
broad part of the saddle while riding, without being pulled forward on to the
peak by the onward thrust of the leg;
2. with the peak positioned just high enough to prevent the rider from
slipping forward; this is normally attained when the saddle top is parallel
to the ground;
3. low enough to enable the rider to reach the pedals comfortably with a
bend of around 30o still in the knee.