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    My turn I guess - Assess my time trial position.

    Everyone else is doing it, I guess I might as well join the crowd. How about taking a look at my time trial position and letting me know what you think. So far I have only done one ride on this bike but it feels pretty good to me. Actually, I have only done one ride on any time trial bike.



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    I dont really do much for fitting, though you do look a little high on the seatpost. Like your leg is almost fully extended, and your heel is up. On a TT bike you want to be able to drop the heel to keep your speed up on small rolling hills. Also, i dont know what kind of distance you will be doing, but it took me a while to get used to haveing a flat back position, some people find it to extreme too fast to go straight to that.
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    As any Slowtwitcher will tell you....
    Your seat's too high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesFlurane View Post
    As any Slowtwitcher will tell you....
    Your seat's too high.
    Yup, seat's too high - at least an inch. At the 6:00 position, your leg should be bent about the average of the 2 pics.

    Bike looks a little small too.

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    If I drop the saddle at all my knee kills me. How do I make up for that? I really don't want to have to start going back to the chiropractor twice a week for my knees like I did before I got my saddle to the proper height (on my roadie).
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Sweet. You look taller then 5'10". I like your haircut.
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    I think it looks pretty good, although in the 2nd pic you're not as far forward in the saddle. Like me, you could probably go lower in the shoulders, but I don't have a dedicated TT bike, and I'm not willing to make that big of a change to my road bike just for TTs. Looks like you have a couple spacers under your stem there...

    The BFers seemed to think my saddle was too high too, but I also keep it up there to avoid knee pain, on top of the fact that it's really comfortable. I dropped it 5mm today and that felt ok, so I'll see if my knees complain at all.

    One thing I'm finding is that under full 1-minute power, my butt comes right off the saddle. Probably 1/2" above it. I need to get some video to see wtf is going on, but if I'm getting above the saddle at 110 rpm under full power, how can my saddle possibly be too high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    If I drop the saddle at all my knee kills me. How do I make up for that? I really don't want to have to start going back to the chiropractor twice a week for my knees like I did before I got my saddle to the proper height (on my roadie).
    Maybe it's a cleat issue. Does your knee hurt while riding, or afterwards ?
    Drop the saddle 1/2 inch, Go for an EASY ride, and also take tools to adjust your cleats. See if you can make slight adjustments to alleviate the knee pain. Or maybe you have pronation or supination that needs correcting.

    Lastly, don't believe me... I have no clue

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    When my knees bother me they bother me all the time, it starts when on the bike and goes away a few months later.

    Thanks for the advice on the cleats, but honestly I'm afraid to mess with them. It took me a long time to get everything to work relatively pain free. I'm afraid to screw it up.
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    Looks pretty good right now. If you are a toe down pedaler, your seat height is fine. Some people don't fit in to that spot on saddle height for the reason you stated, pain. As you ride the bike more, you will gain flexibility and want to drop your shoulders a bit. The way your head is lowered in the second pic is good and should work well with an aero helmet.

    Overall, I'd say it looks good.
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    Where are the jeans, the yellow cap on backwards and the sunglasses?

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    Watch out for that disc object right in front of your face. Probably thrown by a neighbor put off by the whirring of your trainer at at all hours.

    Position looks pretty good - I agree that the saddle may be a tad high. Bike looks good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    Twins, separated at birth.
    So, would you prefer a 3 day, 7 day, or lifetime ban for that comment????
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslone View Post
    Looks pretty good right now. If you are a toe down pedaler, your seat height is fine. Some people don't fit in to that spot on saddle height for the reason you stated, pain. As you ride the bike more, you will gain flexibility and want to drop your shoulders a bit. The way your head is lowered in the second pic is good and should work well with an aero helmet.

    Overall, I'd say it looks good.
    Definitely a toe down pedaler. Check out my 3:00 / 9:00 position. Toes are still down a bit. Not saying it's right, just the way I ride.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
    Watch out for that disc object right in front of your face. Probably thrown by a neighbor put off by the whirring of your trainer at at all hours.

    Position looks pretty good - I agree that the saddle may be a tad high. Bike looks good too.
    Shows how much my neighbors likes me doesn't it, those cows are always throwing things at me.

    So far I have only spent a couple of hours on this bike. It feels pretty good so far but I'm sure I will make quite a few adjustments as time goes by. I'll try dropping the saddle 5 mm or so on my next ride and see how it goes. I asked for advice, doesn't do much good if I don't at least give it a chance I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDRider View Post
    Where are the jeans, the yellow cap on backwards and the sunglasses?
    It's summer time. Only time you are going to catch me in long pants is when I'm at the office. As for cap backwards, just not my style.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    so when are you and ryanf gonna sqaure off? i got $100 on you.


    ok, i'll make it an even million. ryan's mom would never drive him out there for the showdown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    So, would you prefer a 3 day, 7 day, or lifetime ban for that comment????
    You've got to admit, the resemblance is.....striking.

    3 day, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    You've got to admit, the resemblance is.....striking.

    3 day, please.
    I was giving you a choice prior to that comment. After the follow up comment the result is a permanent IP ban!!!
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    I'm having the same knee vs height issue lately. I kind of feel like the saddle is too high, but any lower and my right knee starts having problems. I am suspecting a cleat/pedal issue as I recently changed it all out.

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    How is your saddle setback compared to your road bike? With a TT rig, you'd want the saddle to higher and farther forward than on a road bike to open up your hip angle. Saddle to pedal distance should be the same, just rotated forward. Check out some Triathlon sites that talk about setting up a Tri-bike. You do have to watch out for saddle setback limits if you're in races that have such requirements.

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    time to get a dynamic IP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    How is your saddle setback compared to your road bike? With a TT rig, you'd want the saddle to higher and farther forward than on a road bike to open up your hip angle. Saddle to pedal distance should be the same, just rotated forward. Check out some Triathlon sites that talk about setting up a Tri-bike. You do have to watch out for saddle setback limits if you're in races that have such requirements.
    The saddle is quite a bit further forward on this bike than it is on my road bike. Here is a comparison shot.


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    Looks good, feels good. Don't change a thing. Except maybe aerodynamic tweaks with your arm and elbow positions.

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