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Offline nnelson_78

Seat versus Handlebar height
« on: September 13, 2007, 03:23:36 pm »
Hello,

I am getting a touring bike very soon, and I am considering different sizes that would give different seat vs. handlebar heights.  How do people who like to tour like their seat vs. handlebar height (level, handlebars lower, or handlebars higher??)?  I know it is subjective but I am trying to get maybe a general concensus.  I have had many bikes (road and mountain) and because of having really long legs I have always had the seat way higher than the bars.  I was wondering if my back would appreciate a break with having the bars near level with the saddle, and doesn't it allow you to enjoy the scenery to a higher degree.  

Thanks so much for the advice.

Nick


Offline staehpj1

Seat versus Handlebar height
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 05:46:41 pm »
I tour with my bars at the same height on my touring bike as on my road bike (3-4" lower than the seat).  I think that on average tourists like their bars a good bit higher than that though.


Offline ptaylor

Seat versus Handlebar height
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007, 04:14:01 pm »
Here is my thinking. After spending a full day riding:
  • If your butt hurts, lower your handlebars
  • if your neck, hands, arms, shoulders hurt. Raise your handlebars


Pretty subjective I know. Conditioning can make your neck and shoulders stronger, allowing you to lower the bars. My bars are the same height as my saddle.


Paul
Paul

Offline RussellSeaton

Seat versus Handlebar height
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 05:53:20 pm »
Concensus?  On my three road racing style bikes I have the bars about 2 inches lower than the saddle top.  On my loaded touring bike I have the bars about even, maybe 1/2 inch lower than the saddle.  Same horizontal reach on all bikes.  I'm about 5'11" tall.