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Old 11-04-18, 08:44 AM
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I'm recently getting into riding as more than just a commuter and so I'm also more aware of bike fit. I've made some recent changes to make it more comfortable but I'm still feeling it in my shoulders and soft tissue.

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I'm 5'9.5" but I'm mostly torso. Inseam comes in around 32" barefoot, 32.5" in my cycling shoes.
Frame is 53cm seat tube, 54cm top.
170 length crank arms.

Being a man of mostly torso I worry that though my legs are comfy on this bike, my upper body is cramped. It's currently set up with a 90mm stem so I'm planning on swapping that out with a 110mm soon.
Saddle height feels good after measuring with the LeMond method. Fore and aft is troublesome though I may not even be on the right saddle. Recently my sit bones were measured to 145mm which is especially wide on an old Concor America saddle.

I love this bike .I built it up myself. Is it wrong for me?
Thank you all for your time. Pics below hopefully provide some help.
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Old 11-05-18, 12:03 AM
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You look good on the bike, nice position. Feeling it in the shoulders usually means move the saddle back some. May need an offset post if this isn't one. Soft tissue always means a different saddle. The Selle Italia MAN saddle fits a lot of people, very popular. Worth a try. Usually a good price on ebay. Looks like you could use a little more reach, not much, moving saddle back a bit might just do it.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
You look good on the bike, nice position. Feeling it in the shoulders usually means move the saddle back some. May need an offset post if this isn't one. Soft tissue always means a different saddle. The Selle Italia MAN saddle fits a lot of people, very popular. Worth a try. Usually a good price on ebay. Looks like you could use a little more reach, not much, moving saddle back a bit might just do it.
Thank you! Saddle was going to be my next move before I swap out the the stem. It's sitting in the middle of the rails now.
I'll be sure to check out the recommended saddle as well .
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You're sitting too far forward. I'd agree with moving the saddle back a few mm.

Nice bike.
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You're sitting too far forward. I'd agree with moving the saddle back a few mm.

Nice bike.
Thank you for the second opinion. This saddle has pretty short rails but I can slide it a bit more. As I stated originally, I am also swapping out the currently 90mm stem for a 110mm. Would one of these adjustments replace the other or should I try both?
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Thank you for the second opinion. This saddle has pretty short rails but I can slide it a bit more. As I stated originally, I am also swapping out the currently 90mm stem for a 110mm. Would one of these adjustments replace the other or should I try both?
Your saddle position (fore/aft/height) comes first. Once you have that dialed in then adjust the stem to suit.
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