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    Bike fit ... my epiphany.

    The bike fit discussions always amuse me. Over the years I've noticed how my comfort has shifted around. What seemed a good position for a long time became less so.

    Today I found that terrain will change the optimal position. Having had the same saddle height for years, I raised it about half a cm and pushed the saddle back 1 cm too. I had set the bike up for rolling hills in England and now that I am doing rides that are long periods of climbing, I noticed a lack of room to exert myself on the upstroke and a lack of room to really stretch my legs on the downstroke. "How odd," I thought to myself. I have always spun easily in this position. Surely I cannot make such a drastic change mid ride? "Fortune favours the brave," I heard in my head. This must be a sign like that which Saint Paul experienced! So I did it.

    All is good now. I climbed like a mountain goat this morning. I even overtook some people going up.
    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    The bike fit discussions always amuse me. Over the years I've noticed how my comfort has shifted around. What seemed a good position for a long time became less so.

    Today I found that terrain will change the optimal position. Having had the same saddle height for years, I raised it about half a cm and pushed the saddle back 1 cm too. I had set the bike up for rolling hills in England and now that I am doing rides that are long periods of climbing, I noticed a lack of room to exert myself on the upstroke and a lack of room to really stretch my legs on the downstroke. "How odd," I thought to myself. I have always spun easily in this position. Surely I cannot make such a drastic change mid ride? "Fortune favours the brave," I heard in my head. This must be a sign like that which Saint Paul experienced! So I did it.

    All is good now. I climbed like a mountain goat this morning. I even overtook some people going up.
    Sure you can and don't call me Shirley.

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    Just watch for Achilles tendon issues. A higher saddle height + lots of climbing can = Achilles tendon tears.


    But yes, lots of things can change fit requirements. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a "professional fit" and then your situation can change and the bicycle doesn't fit quite right anymore.

    Some of the things that can alter your fit are:

    -- stronger core
    -- weaker core
    -- increased fitness
    -- decreased fitness
    -- increased flexibility
    -- decreased flexibility
    -- weight gain
    -- weight loss
    -- injury
    -- getting older
    -- terrain changes

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    I have lost a fair bit of weight and I have gotten fitter and I have ridden more this year. No wonder the feel wasn't right.
    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Just watch for Achilles tendon issues. A higher saddle height + lots of climbing can = Achilles tendon tears.


    But yes, lots of things can change fit requirements. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a "professional fit" and then your situation can change and the bicycle doesn't fit quite right anymore.

    Some of the things that can alter your fit are:

    -- stronger core
    -- weaker core
    -- increased fitness
    -- decreased fitness
    -- increased flexibility
    -- decreased flexibility
    -- weight gain
    -- weight loss
    -- injury
    -- getting older
    -- terrain changes
    I think you're forgetting something Machka...what is it.....oh yeah whether you are gay or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
    I think you're forgetting something Machka...what is it.....oh yeah whether you are gay or not.
    I've developed an appreciation for musical theatre this year too.

    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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    Voices in your head...
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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    I've developed an appreciation for musical theatre this year too.

    My 20 month old GD sings Oh what a beautiful morning all day and every day. Loves that musical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Just watch for Achilles tendon issues. A higher saddle height + lots of climbing can = Achilles tendon tears.
    Hamstrings too. For me too high saddle led to hamstring tendinitis. LLD also contributed.

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    I am thinking you lost about 5mm of blubber on your backside which has the effect of lowering your effective saddle height...so you had to raise it to counteract that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    I am thinking you lost about 5mm of blubber on your backside which has the effect of lowering your effective saddle height...so you had to raise it to counteract that.
    Corollary: remember to lower it if/when you get fat again.
    Quote Originally Posted by RUOkie View Post
    never underestimate the idiocy of BF.

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    Datlas is obviously a thinker.
    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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