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    Weird fit phenomenon.

    I have three bikes.

    One is a Giant Defy 3. The way it is set up I am comfortable. Bars 1.5cm below saddle.
    Saddle level and in KOPS. Works great.

    The other two are Rivendell road bikes.
    I have tried the bars in many upright set up configurations, and hurt after rides. Saddle fore/aft in KOPS.
    Numb arm, hurting neck, back. Lasts for days.
    Anything with bars above saddle height and my back hurts. I haven't tried them lower like the Giant yet.

    I wanted to ride more upright for a better view on the Rivendells. But something always hurts for a day or two after riding them.

    Is it normal to be so locked into one fit, like I have on the Giant bike that you can't ride in any other position?

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    ps- I still have to try the bars on the Rivendells like the Giant and see if that works out.

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    I find that I ride with my saddle in a different position on my Terry which has sparrow bars and an upright position in contrast to my road bike. The saddle is pushed back much more on the Terry. So, I guess you can't assume KOPS is right for the Rivendell.

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    A couple times, I've had different bikes, with slightly different positions; both were set up 'properly', but because of different geometry, they rode differently. One always was comfy, the other a PITA. Thus, it never lasted.

    It's why I do one bike owned at a time.

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    They are all drop bar bikes, and I have tried many different saddle fore/aft setups on the Rivs. I think I have narrowed it down to these things that are causing the pains I am getting: 1. If handlebar height is above saddle height at any level = low back pain. At or below saddle height = no low back pain. 2. Handlebar too low or too long reach = left neck and left arm pain/numbness. Now I will try to set the Rivs up as close to relative Giant bar height and reach as possible and see if that brings me into a nice comfy position like I get on the Giant. It just seems like such a narrow window; bars at or below saddle height by 0-2cm with 60-61cm reach to deepest part of hoods. Anything else seems to result in pain. Is that unusual that the body would have this little tolerance for any other position on a bike? Maybe I need to see a doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    ...Is that unusual that the body would have this little tolerance for any other position on a bike?...
    Its OK - Your not getting old...

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