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    Calves Bawling

    If after I've ridden about 40 miles or so and me calves feel like they are ready to cramp up does it mean that my seat height is either a little too high? I drink plenty of fluids during the ride as well. Thanks.

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    Do you drink electrolytes too? How about food?
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    Electrolytes, fluid, or possibly really really tight calves that need stretching. That's what's popping into my blonde little head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babydee
    Electrolytes, fluid, or possibly really really tight calves that need stretching. That's what's popping into my blonde little head.
    Yeah I do drink electrolytes and usually snack on something. Probably don't stretch before riding near enough though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bentley6
    Yeah I do drink electrolytes and usually snack on something. Probably don't stretch before riding near enough though.
    Error . . error . . error . . Don't stretch at all before riding. Stretch after an hour or so or when you get back or at your first potti break. Or don't stretch at all. Check your saddle height. With hips level and your heel on the pedal, your knee should just lock out. If your heel comes off the pedal when the cranks are lined up with the seat tube, lower your saddle until it touches comfortably. Also, don't consciously ankle during your pedal stroke. Try to keep your heels down throughout the stroke. Heels down and pedal round. Then your toe will naturally drop at the bottom of the stroke. Do one-legged calf raises either after a ride or on a non-riding day. Do one set of 20-40 of them twice a week. Do them until failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
    Error . . error . . error . . Don't stretch at all before riding. Stretch after an hour or so or when you get back or at your first potti break. Or don't stretch at all. Check your saddle height. With hips level and your heel on the pedal, your knee should just lock out. If your heel comes off the pedal when the cranks are lined up with the seat tube, lower your saddle until it touches comfortably. Also, don't consciously ankle during your pedal stroke. Try to keep your heels down throughout the stroke. Heels down and pedal round. Then your toe will naturally drop at the bottom of the stroke. Do one-legged calf raises either after a ride or on a non-riding day. Do one set of 20-40 of them twice a week. Do them until failure.
    Well I believe I have the saddle adjusted properly but will recheck it. As far as stretching, I'm ok then cause I usually do my stretching on the bike a few miles after start. Thanks.

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