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Dead Nuts Level

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On the importance of a perfectly level saddle.

Dead Nuts:(Adjective) 1. A definition used in any technical application to describe something that is perfectly level or plumb.

I’m going to get right to the point. Your saddle should be level. Absolutely level, dead nuts level. This a non-negotiable concept. Job one when setting up position on a bike is to get the saddle level, preferably using a spirit level or something at least as accurate.

There are lots of good reasons for this. If your saddle is nose-down it results in sliding forward, too much pressure on the hands, compromised handling and getting heckled by real bike riders. If you feel like you need to tilt your saddle nose-down your saddle is too high.

Nose up is, well...a lot of pressure on your ‘soft tissue’. Other problems include back pain due to the pelvis rocking backwards, neck and shoulder pain resulting from incorrect pelvis position and decreased power.

Obviously this irrefutable rule begs the question: My saddle is level, now what? Position on the bike is a delicate balance of science, experience and personal preference, not necessarily in that order. Now that the issue of tilt has be settled once and for all there are four saddle adjustments; up, down, forward, backward.

But that’s a whole other story.



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