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Old 05-25-06, 06:52 AM   #1
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is my arse crooked or just the saddle?

for the past week ive noticed i havent been able to sit very symetrically on the saddle. i usually ride with a u-lock in my back left, but even without it, it doesnt feel right.

is my arse developing crookedly due to riding with ulocks most of the time?
is it that even though the saddle looks straight its actually crooked?
or is the saddle getting some sort of lopsided tilt from riding with a lock?

anyone else having this problem?
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Old 05-25-06, 06:57 AM   #2
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Bent rail?
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Old 05-25-06, 07:02 AM   #3
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I don't know. Better show us your ass.
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I don't know. Better show us your ass.
No, dude ... gotta warm him up slow-like before we start puttin' the moves on.

Seriously though, pics.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:11 AM   #5
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I'd check the saddle over first. Bent rail sounds like a good bet. If the saddle really is straight, then maybe your hip is out of whack. See a chiropractor about that.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:34 AM   #6
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+1 on getting your hip checked after a saddle inspection reveals nothing. After starting to nearly double the amount of riding I did, I started noticing that everything on my bike felt tilted/twisted. My bike shop said everything checked out but thought maybe one of my legs was longer than the other. Asked my doctor about it, he measured my legs and they were fine. He sent me to a physical therapist and all my sprained ankles from soccer as a kid meant one ankle didn't have the range of flexibility of the other which in turn caused one of my legs to not travel as far while pedaling. This made the hip muscles/tendons on one side tighter. They gave me some stretches and exercises and it's improved.
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Old 05-25-06, 07:55 AM   #7
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Could also be one of your legs is longer than the other. That's the case for most people, it's only a problem if the difference is extreme. Again, a doctor or chiropractor can diagnose this.

It could just be you're stronger on one side. Or your knee is swinging more on you less dominant side (left side if you're right-legged).

Can you elaborate on what you mean by can't "sit very symetrically." Are you leaning? Can feel yourself rubbing the saddle more on one side? Feel twisted in the lower back while riding?
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+1 on getting your hip checked after a saddle inspection reveals nothing. After starting to nearly double the amount of riding I did, I started noticing that everything on my bike felt tilted/twisted. My bike shop said everything checked out but thought maybe one of my legs was longer than the other. Asked my doctor about it, he measured my legs and they were fine. He sent me to a physical therapist and all my sprained ankles from soccer as a kid meant one ankle didn't have the range of flexibility of the other which in turn caused one of my legs to not travel as far while pedaling. This made the hip muscles/tendons on one side tighter. They gave me some stretches and exercises and it's improved.
wow, thats serious. ive inspected my legs, my arse and the seat, im no doctor, but everything checks out. im thinking maybe its this messenger bag. ive been rockin one for years as a messer and just for daily runs, but now that im a school teacher im carry serious weight. maybe i should look into a two shoulder bag... maybe thats it.
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