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How to Adjust Your Bikes Seat Height

Proper bike setup matters! For brand new riders that hop on the bike, begin pedaling, and start feeling discomfort in knees, ankles or back, incorrect bike setup is the likely culprit. The right bike setup ensures a more comfortable ride and greatly reduces the risk of injury.

Spin Bike

From seat height position to handlebar height, here are five keys to ensuring a more comfortable ride.

Close-up image of a Precor Spinner Bike showing proper alignment

Saddle Height Position

To get a good idea of your proper saddle height, stand directly next to the saddle, lift the inside leg to 90° and line up the top of the saddle with the top of the thigh to get a close adjustment. At the proper height, there should be a 25-35 degree or a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of a pedal stroke.

Close-up of Precor Spin Bike properly alignment for the knees

Saddle Fore/Aft Position

Sit on the bike as if you were riding and hold the pedals in a position where they are level. Your forward kneecap should be directly above the pedal spindle. Make sure that the ball of your foot is over the pedal spindle as well. This ensures that all of your power and strength is put into the pedal.

Precor Spin Bike proper alignment for upper bodys

Handlebar Height and Fore/Aft

Position the handlebar at approximately the same height as your saddle, or higher if you feel any discomfort in your back. Some Spinner® bikes have a handlebar fore/aft adjustment. This enables the rider to adjust the reach for comfort and proper upper body extension. A slight bend in the elbow (as pictured above) indicates a proper fit.

Close-up of a Precor Spin Bike resistance knob

Resistance Control

Pedaling resistance is controlled by the resistance knob located below the handlebar. Resistance adjustments can be made while riding to vary the intensity of your workout. To increase resistance, turn the resistance knob clockwise (+); to decrease resistance, turn the knob counterclockwise (-). To stop the flywheel from moving, press directly down on the resistance knob to bring the flywheel to a stop.

Close-up of a Precor Spinner Bike Power Stroke

Pedal Stroke

The Spinner® bike creates a continuous, non-impact pedaling movement. Instead of simply pushing down on the pedals, you should apply force throughout every part of the pedal stroke, using a full range of motion. This “full circle” technique generates more power and improves muscle use efficiency.

For adjustment to a Precor Upright Bike or Recumbent Bike follow these instructions:

Upright Bike

  • Sit on the seat.
  • Place your feet on the pedals with the balls of your feet over the pedal spindle.
  • With one pedal in the lowest position, 6 o’clock, you should have a slight bend in your knee, about a 25 – 30 degree angle. This position provides the greatest pedaling power and comfort.
  • If you have too little or too much angle, adjust the seat. On Precor bikes, you can adjust the seat while on or off the bike.
  • If you are unsure of your angle, pedal a little. If your hips rock side-to-side in the seat, the seat is probably too high. Lower the seat. Your hips should be stable as you complete each stroke.

On Precor bikes, the pedals have two sides – with and without the ratcheting straps. We recommend using the straps for proper pedaling form.

Secure the pedal straps firmly over the top of your foot using the ratchet on the side of each pedal. These straps allow you to pull up on the pedals during your workout, which involves more muscles and gives you a more efficient pedaling stroke.

Recumbent Bike

  • Sit in the seat.
  • Place your feet on the pedals with the balls of your feet over the pedal spindle.
  • With one pedal in the farthest position, 3 o’clock, you should have a slight bend in your knee, about a 25 – 30 degree angle. This position provides the greatest pedaling power and comfort.
  • If you have too little or too much angle, adjust the seat. On Precor bikes, you can adjust the seat while on or off the bike.
  • If you are unsure of your angle, pedal a little. If you feel like you are overstretching at the farthest point of the stroke, the seat is probably too high (far). Lower the seat. You should feel comfortable completing the entire revolution, but not feel like you are not getting full power from your leg muscles.

On Precor bikes, the pedals have two sides – with and without the ratcheting straps. We recommend using the straps for proper pedaling form on the upright and recumbent bikes. 

Secure the pedal straps firmly over the top of your foot using the ratchet on the side of each pedal. These straps allow you to pull up on the pedals during your workout, which involves more muscles and gives you a more efficient pedaling stroke.