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Old 07-27-08, 06:30 PM   #1
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Fit? or an NFG brooks?

I honestly meant to go for a fitting after I got my new Trek Pilot 2 years ago, it just never happened.

Because I'm not sure if these are clyde fit issues or just general fit issues, I figured I'd ask here first.

I basically have 2 fit/fatigue issues going on right now.

1) I can't seem to sustain any kind of power riding in the drops. I usually ride around 87-93rpm in my usual position (hands on the bar just behind the hoods, ready to shift/brake, but elbows slightly tucked in) if I go down to the drops on any minor kind of an incline, I basically have to shift down one to maintain the same speed. Also, while I don't have much of a spare tire, it does seem to get slightly in the way.

when in the drops, my bum can't really handle the saddle (I have a slightly chopped Brooks B-17) I feel like I have to slide either completely onto the nose to get any power or completely back onto the "seat" for any kind of comfort. at the moment the saddle is at about the middle of its adjustment. I also tried it pushed all the way toward the stem, but that was worse. it seems like if I move the saddle further away from the stem the mounting hardware for the saddle will be rubbing my legs in a most uncomfortable manner.

2) I've got 500+miles on this brooks and its still not comfortable 15 or so miles into a ride. I think it did suffer some rain damage, but I've got it decently tightened and have used proofhide a bit before getting back in the saddle after a 1 year break. Is it time for something else? What's recommended for a light (225lb) clyde who wants to go for distance.

In case a lot of this is a fit issue, what kind of experiences have you guys had getting fits done by LBS's?
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Old 07-27-08, 06:45 PM   #2
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Slide your butt back on the saddle and roll your hips forward a bit. Try that.
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when in the drops, my bum can't really handle the saddle (I have a slightly chopped Brooks B-17)

The B-17 isn't meant for spending time in the drops. It's best suited for a more upright riding position like Tom said; scooted back a bit. I just put in 30 miles on mine today, with no chamois... Just regular street clothes.
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Swifts and Swallows are best suited for aggressive riding positions. Try tilting the nose down a bit if you're going to ride in the drops more.
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I don't climb in the drops - I always felt that the lower position restricted my breathing too much. I climb on the hoods, but ride in the drops if I'm bucking a headwind, or if I want a different position to rest my hands or arms.

I figure that the drops are for aerodynamics, and when I'm climbing I'm not going fast enough to worry about being aero. I am interested in breathing capacity, though.
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