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Old 05-03-21, 07:12 PM
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For Any Clydes That Lost A Significant Amount Of Weight....

Did you happen to notice that your saddle height felt like it got shorter? I had my main gravel bike on hiatus for a while as I was riding my more recent drop bar mtb build, and out of the blue I thought I'd take the gravel bike out for once.

When I sat down it felt like my seat was waaaay too low, after I had already raised the saddle by ~5-7mm before the hiatus. I had to raise it another ~10mm before it felt right.

I'm thinking that, well, my butt got smaller in the months of me not riding that bike. Could be placebo.

Idk, anyone else have a similar experience? Super random I know but it be like that sometimes.
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No difference for me. I dropped a little over 40 pounds last year, down to 215. Bike still fits the same.
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Probably depends on where you carry your weight. Some people carry it all over while others carry it mid section.
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As I got older I lost all of my natural cushion , so It’d be hard for me to tell .
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I have read that 10 pounds of fat is about the size of one and a half gallon jugs. If someone lost even a quarter of that from their butt it could easily influence the saddle height.
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Happened to me, had to adjust my saddle height. But, it's so much easier to ride in the drops as well, a PLUS!
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Dropped a hundred pounds (still a Clyde) and had to re-adjust my saddle, plus my legs are much closer to the cross tube. Increased speed, endurance, less pain during my ride.
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I do know that a significant change in fitness can equate to much change in general strength, flexibility, range of motion. Along with great reduction in the "padding" that might otherwise get in the way of range of motion (ie, pedaling, a swimming stroke, etc).

Doesn't surprise me that a given person might notice that without as much "padding" down there, with greater flexibility, that one's range of motion would change and thus make it seem like the reach of the stroke had increased ... or seeming as though the saddle had dropped.

I do know that compared to when I was extremely fit, 40yrs ago, I had a cycling stroke on the pedals that was a good inch longer than max stroke now, though my riding position has changed (and thus the hip tilt and need for flexibility has changed). Simple changes like that happen by merely getting older and less fit. Dramatic weight+fitness changes ought to see similar such differences, I would think.
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After 140 pounds lost, a couple bikes felt different and needed slight adjustments. But not all. I couldn't quite figure out why, until this question was asked.
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No longer an Athena. Wearing the same size clothing I wore in 5th grade. No difference in my bike fit.
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