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    Bouncing out of the saddle

    So I just recently got into road cycling (3 rides and 40 miles or so later) with a Giant TCR 2. I just got fitted at the LBS and I went out riding today and whenever I got into the drops I started bouncing out of the saddle. Also, when my rpms got around 115ish I started bouncing out of the saddle on the hoods. Now I haven't been riding long enough to diagnose the problem, so I thought some of you could help before I start messing with my "proper fit" from the LBS.

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    If you're bouncing at 115 that's reasonably high, so it's probably a technique thing.

    A useful drill is to ramp up the cadence to where you start bouncing, then drop the cadence a bit until the bouncing stops. Maintain that cadence for 1 min, and repeat. It's not a hard workout so you can do a fair number of these. Keep the intensity pretty low. That worked pretty well for my technique.

    For the "throw me into the deep end of the pool" approach, get a pair of rollers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    If you're bouncing at 115 that's reasonably high, so it's probably a technique thing.

    A useful drill is to ramp up the cadence to where you start bouncing, then drop the cadence a bit until the bouncing stops. Maintain that cadence for 1 min, and repeat. It's not a hard workout so you can do a fair number of these. Keep the intensity pretty low.
    +1... technique for sure.

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    How about one leg pedaling.

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    +1 to what's posted above. As you ride more, work on maintaining a smooth pedal stroke throughout the full 360 deg. You'll find lots of info here, I'm sure.

    Also, are you riding clipless? If so, you can do some one-legged drills (pref. of a trainer, but if not, just be really careful out there).

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