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Bikes Seat Adjustment: Learn proper seat height.

To get the most out of your workout, and ride as efficiently as possible, make sure your seat is properly adjusted. You’ll be more comfortable, too.

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.

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.