I'm having trouble getting my bike to feel comfortable, and am soliciting your ideas. I bought a size large hybrid a little while ago and have about 350 miles in the saddle thus far. I have struggled since the beginning to feel like the bike is fitting me.
I took it to the LBS I bought it from to get some adjustments done and described what I was feeling. It feels as though my arms are bearing too high a burden. My arms tend to be straight, no bend, and I get numbness in my hands.
The LBS manager told me that my bike might be too large for me (thanks a helluva lot for selling it to me then). He said that I probably need to raise the handlebars a bit to get a more upright posture and take some of the pressure off my shoulders/arms/hands. He also made a few suggestions about saddle position. I bought and installed an adjustable stem and off I went.
This was about 2 weeks ago, and I have ridden about 75 miles since then. Each trip out, I make some small adjustment to either the stem or the saddle position, but frankly, I don't know if I'm adjusting towards the problem or away from it.
For now, I'm leaving the stem adjusted to where it is and focusing on saddle position. I try to listen to what my body is telling me, and it's current line is this: As I am riding, my body wants to adjust itself rearward on the saddle to feel more comfortable. It seems that if I am pedaling with vigor, I tend to creep forward on the saddle, and as I crest a hill or otherwise relax, it wants to move more rearward on the saddle. I interpret this to mean that I need to move the saddle more towards the rear.
I'm 6', 208 lbs, 32" inseam, and 34/35" sleeve length.
What do you think? Any ideas?