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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: 2008 Salsa Casseroll, 2012 Surly Disc Trucker
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Just learned a hard lesson about bike fit.
So my Terry Fly saddle has developed a creaking/ticking noise problem after a few hundred miles. I've tried greasing the saddle rails and using tri-flow on the parts where the rails stick into the saddle itself, and have had limited luck eliminating the sounds.
My saddle is all the way back on its rails, and technically should even be back a bit farther. But just for kicks I decided to try centering it on its rails. Suddenly I could no longer make it creak! I rode it like this for a few minutes on my trainer at low resistance and thought it felt fine. Using a plumb line, the front of my knee was then at least a couple of inches in front of my pedal spindle when my crankarms are at 3 o'clock/9'oclock.
This morning I rode my 23-mile commute into work, and I could immediately tell that this was not the proper saddle position. My knees especially felt stressed on climbs, and I told myself that I was going to move the saddle back as soon as I got into work. I wasn't riding hard, but by the time I arrived at work I had a bit of lower back pain too.
Somehow over the course of the day that lower back pain moved up my back and is now severe enough that I know I can't ride home, even with my saddle back into its previous position. Stretching and advil aren't helping much. So I'm hitching a ride home with a co-worker this evening.
Lesson learned: bike fit is nothing to take lightly. I should have readjusted my seat immediately when I could start feeling stress/pain.