Join Date: Oct 2003
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Originally Posted by HaagenDas
This morning's little soujourn on my brand new MTB gets me wondering a smidgen. Whilst I've been playing around with seat height, I do believe I may have to experiment with tilt angles too. The current adjustment seems to lack good clearance for the goolies. Is it standard practice for blokes to tilt the front bit down a bit?
Next subject: handle bar height. Currently I seem to be leaning forward and so when indicating left, I put pressure on my right arm and tend to swerve into the traffic a bit. Should I be bringing the bar up a bit?
Thanks fellas and fellettes.
Here's a thread on another forum where a bloke asks why his hands and wrists are getting sore from riding.
One guy says to put the seat back further and another says to level it off. Frankly, when I do that I still feel the pressure on my hands and wrists but then it also puts a good deal of pressure on the ol' naughty bits!!
It's been my experience that the higher the handlebars, the shorter the top tube, the more forward the seat, the more upright the riding position the more comfortable I am. This, of course, is not
the current trend in road machines. Unfortunately, gone are the days of standard road bikes with short top tubes, unless you fork out the big cash and have one custom built or get a Rivendell or something like that.
Out of my three road bikes only one of them is comfy enough to ride for any length of time without being in pain. See the pic of the Specialized Sequoia. Notice the handlebar height as well as the longish head tube with extra spacers on top. It also has an adjustable stem so you can dial in various riding positions - upright for touring, lower for a more aerodynamic position.
Out of my two mountain bikes only one of them is good enough for longish rides without feeling beaten up. See pic of how much higher the handlebars are than the seat.
I think some of these cyclists must have extensive surgury to move their "packages" to some less obtrusive location so that they can ride in these racing positions. It just looks like torture to me.