||10-16-13 06:36 PM
Would love to have been there! Life in the way again, grad school, toddler, wife, you know the drill. Damn life... . Hope to do more racing next year.
I have mine leveled from front to back, so shouldn't be a UCI issue. I find it pretty comfortable, actually. Used to ride a Regal, but now it seems too wide all over. I even use the Kashima on a track bike I ride on the road, and I'm on it for quite a while sometimes.
[This next bit is not directed at you, Quinn] Crotchety old man alert: Honestly, sometimes I feel like people go too far with nit-picking how the bike fits. Your body is flexible and adaptable. When I was a young roadie, I agonized over bike fit-- seat, cleat position, saddle set-back, bar width-- you name it, I was obsessed about it. I always used Time pedals back then as I had a trick knee and was sure I needed "float".
Well when I started doing track **** in Jpn, they had a lot of rules about the bikes. You had to use old fashioned clips and straps at the club I started with. "What about my precious float?", I whimpered. Then somebody told me, "if you sit on the bike right, and pedal it right, your body will adapt and it will work". I was told how to sit on the bike and pedal right. You know what? It worked. And I have not had any knee issues. And yes, I do most of my track-specific training on a track bike on the road with fixed gear and strapped in. 80ish" gear mostly.
I see a lot of people constantly changing their set-up and buying new crap (including whole new bikes!) all the time. This may not work for everyone, but I kind of think you should just set it up close enough and forget it. Just ride the bike and train to get faster.
Originally Posted by Quinn8it
I hated the Kashimax! But I used to ride a similar shaped saddle, the San Marco Concor.
Both those saddles have a similar issue with the UCI/USAC interpretation of the definition of a "level saddle". Most people level the Kashimax and the Concor on the long nose section, leaving the rear as an up-slope. At recent National's and Worlds they were placing the level across the entire length of the saddle- which results in a slight rise of the nose section..
Its all good if that's how you ride the saddle... but can be a real issue if uou find yourself changing saddle position at bike check..
Totally Off Topic:
Whats up Baby Puke??? Missed you at E-Nats this year! Me and Dixie-Flyer were holding it down for the old men!!