Low Seat Boosts Biking Efficiency

Low Seat Boosts Biking Efficiency Everyone who owns a bicycle has a preferred height for the saddle, but preferences don't always represent the best choice for performance. Even experienced cyclists have something to gain from this study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

On three separate occasions, experienced cyclists pedaled at 70% to 75% of maximum capacity (approximately 90 RPM) for six minutes. The first ride had the bike's saddle set at the rider's preferred height. Then they tried the same ride with the seat 2% lower and again at 2% higher than the preferred placement.

True Strength Moment: Gross efficiency decreased and oxygen consumption increased when the saddle was elevated past the preferred point, but efficiency increased 0.8% when it was lowered. Riders also benefited from increased knee and ankle extension as well as greater range of movement with the saddle lowered. See if adjusting your bike produces similar results. Also, check the Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com for a tip on maintaining hydration during endurance events.
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