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Ever wonder how to capture that perfect saddle position you established before performing maintenance on your bike? Or wonder how your setup compares from bike to bikes? Or even how to make the most minute of adjustments while having tangible data to refer to? Here comes the cliché statement of the decade: “there’s an app for that!”
Professional fittings remain a vital process for cyclists who want to prevent injury, maximize performance and value comfort and efficiency. For riders on the next lower tier, a fine-tuned general fit is more appropriate than spending hundreds on a custom tailored laboratory analysis. Performing a self-fit and doing this without buying any tools can be challenging. However, with the use of the handy app up for review, riders can achieve a finely adjusted saddle position and record that data for future use to make tweaks or to have records.
The MORGAW Saddle Adjust app delivers several features to assist in saddle setup. Using your smartphones on-board accelerometer, this app can display plumb levels down to increments of .1 degrees. Simply lay your phone flat on top of your saddle and hold one of three “angle” buttons to store an angle. For lateral adjustment and visual reference, a photo can be taken of the saddle profile. If your saddle rails have numerical marking or ticks, this is helpful in restoring a previous setup. Without any markings, this feature has little function. For repeatability there are tick marks to align your phone over the center of the saddle (or your preferred point of measurement). Finally, a calibrate function is added to ensure accurate angles that can be transferred to other fit systems.
My thoughts? Having primarily adjusted my saddles visually until achieving a comfortable setup, the MORGAW app promises a more definitive method for establishing a base setup. Then users can "dial it in" to perfection. Initially I thought the limitation of three stored profiles was a inadequate. Why not 5 or 10? You’d figure riders that care about their fit will likely have multiple bikes, maybe a handful of saddles. But ultimately if you need to store more than three setups, you can simply take screenshots of the app and store them wherever you’d like. It may not be the most elegant solution compared to storing all of your configurations within the app, but it’ll work. For an app that’s nearly free, this a useful product for cyclists of both the Andriod and iOS persuasion.