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Old 07-06-13, 04:53 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-06-13, 05:01 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-06-13, 05:06 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-06-13, 05:09 AM   #4
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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.
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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
I think you're forgetting something Machka...what is it.....oh yeah whether you are gay or not.
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Old 07-06-13, 05:30 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 07-06-13, 10:50 AM   #8
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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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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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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.
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Datlas is obviously a thinker.
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