now i know im askin a stupid question but why do we run our saddles raked back at a ridiculous toptube angle mimicing angle? practically every one i meet on my bike asks me why i have it like that i need an exscuse right now im saying
cuz it looks cool
I find it to be much more comfortable on my lower back and can sit in a natural position while not leaning to far up or too far back over the bike. I thought the same thing at first too so I tried it different ways and found it to be the best. My seat is also set back pretty far so I can avoid the tire to the butt cheek incidents (once is enough)
Some people take it too far, but I have tried different angles and find the slight backward tilt most comfortable, pretty much on any bike other than one with drop bars. I even remember reading something on Sheldon Brown's site saying that men often prefer a back tilt more than women, for anatomical reasons.
Ok, here is my thought. When I sit on my seat, because of the angle my butt is angled up, so my legs are bent up more towards my chest, my back is curved a bit more and I'm more stretched out (if that makes sense). If I was just sitting up right it would be harder to pedal, and I would be a lot closer to the bar. Especially on a 20" I feel a lot better fit wise with my seat at the right angle. Its more layed back. I probably didn't make any sense with that, but if you think about it...
have you ever landed on your balls on a flat-angled saddle vs. a tilt-back saddle? i have, and somehow the tilt lessens the blow. try it if you like, but you're better off just taking my word for it.
this is probably just me, but i would set the angle of my seat so it would sit flat on the ground (as opposed to on the nose or rear edge) when i had the bike flipped for whatever i had the bike flipped for. keeps it from flopping around as much.
and it feels more comfortable on the smaller/lower street frames.
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