OK, so I have now put almost 100 miles on in not quite 3 weeks. That is Herculean given the last 17 years of sedentary gluttony.
Yesterday I moved my saddle up about three inches. Yes, three inches. We went a bit over 15 and I was great except for my rear. Tonight I did 7.5 (which would have been beyond comprehension just two weeks ago) just trying to loosen up. Did not work all that good.
I am riding a 12 year old Specialized Crossroad. The seat is pretty basic, I am sure technology has moved way beyond its primitive build.
And another thing.
I will be honest, when I bought the bike, the mechanic was an incredibly hot 20 something chick. Very hot, but I digress. I did not pay much attention to the bike or how the set up fit me. I was preoccupied. Ok, I admitted it.
Anyway, by moving the seat up, I eliminated all leg and knee pain, and am getting great extension without dipping hips, but I think I have moved myself forward on the seat and the rather thin neck (I guess you would call it) is now pretty much between my sit bones. When I had the seat in it's initial position, I was pushed back on the seat, just to get my knees up.
Hope this make since. Getting a new saddle is now priority one. I think I could go 30+ miles, easy, without the kinda big time pain. I am in fact chaffed tonite, and hurtin for certain.
So, is my hypothesis correct, (extending my legs at the bottom moved me forward, and will the correct saddle make it right? And more important, even with a new seat, what do I do?
We are not exactly in the boonies, and the nearby bike shops (three within 30 miles) all seem ok, but I am not sure they are gonna have an assometer. My wife has already vetoed measuring by hand.
H e l p!!!