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Bikes: '17 Access Old Turnpike Gravel bike, '14 Trek 1.1, '10 Fuji Newest 3.0, '98 Cannondale R500, '88 Trek 360
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Originally Posted by hillcrawler
Only change was I was using a different saddle and different height probably.
It doesn't seem to take too much adjusting to screw-up a good fit. Of course.... I am assuming that on the other century (the one without pain) you weren't any better prepared by training and fitness levels.
I keep a chart... and log my settings and positions. I've found... for me... they saddle height seems pretty consistent from bicycle to bicycle. Although the saddle position can seem a little high in the off (cold winter) months as I am not as flexible. But flexible or not it's better for me to leave the saddle in the proper position and just let my body warm up a bit longer till it "feels right
You could get a experienced cyclist buddy to help you re-zero in fit, watch some youtube videos on bicycle fit, or see who your LBS recommends. But I start with saddle height. Then adjust the saddle back or forward to get the feet positioned correctly. Then last... adjust the bars. But, I am not sure I'd recommend my way as an example. I'd watch some youtube videos... at the very least.
Then when out cycling I try to not to out-ride my skill and fitness level. I love cycling and really enjoy myself when riding. But I think we all tend to push ourselves and sometime tend to do too much too soon. A heroic effort is often rewarded with a little heroic-pain.
I sometimes take a low-dose aspirin when the weather allows me to train hard. I spoke with my doctor about it first. I don't take it for my heart nor do I take them everyday. But because I take nothing that has any pain or inflammation meds in it
.... the low-dose goes a long ways to reduce discomfort.
Then.... there is that whole-other direction.... which would be looking at/for a bicycle more-so designed for long distance endurance cycling. Nothing wrong with branching out into various different areas of cycling... and having more bicycles.