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    Calves cramped up...

    Today, on my regular 17-mile loop, I had some sever cramping in my calves! This has not happened to me before... I changed my saddle height before this ride....could this be the problem?

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    yes.

    Google proper cleat positioning and saddle height and the other factors that go to that aspect of bike fitting.
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    How much did you change the saddle?

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    about 1cm

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    Up or down? I'm guessing up right?

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    were you properly hydrated before and during your ride?
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    Changing you saddle height almost certainly contributed to the cramping. You were probably compensating for the higher saddle by pointing your toes down at the bottom of the pedal stroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    Changing you saddle height almost certainly contributed to the cramping. You were probably compensating for the higher saddle by pointing your toes down at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
    Agreed. I have a tendency to go toes down if I don't pay attention, and I'll cramp in the calves. Ride for a bit with heels down and it'll work out for me, then resume a normal pedal stroke. The calves will still be sore, but it'll ease it up considerably.
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    Thanks, this makes sense.

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    Cramps are the result of a lack of potassium. Eat a banana and that should avoid muscle cramps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo
    Cramps are the result of a lack of potassium. Eat a banana and that should avoid muscle cramps.

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    You might want to read http://www.ultracycling.com/training/cramping.html

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    Your pedal stroke should involve some ankle movement (pivoting) as well. I see a lot of riders with a locked ankle which keeps muscles in the calves constantly active rather than pulsing on & off. Eventually the muscle will fatigue and with that be more prone to cramping.

    There are certainly a number of other causes too: low hydration, depleted electrolytes, a northeasterly breeze....cramps are tough to diagnose and one of the issues that seems to be surrounded with more myth than science.

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    try some embrocation before your ride, especially in the cooler weather
    there will come a time when there will not come a time.

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