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Man what a difference 1 cm can make

Old 06-17-13, 07:36 PM
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Man what a difference 1 cm can make

After long rides my quads were hammered but nothing else. Hurt to walk up steps. After some research here and elsewhere on fitting, I moved my cleats back 1 cm so the ball of my (size 13) foot was > 1 cm in front of the pedal spindle. Man what a difference! I had more power and my legs were less tired and more evenly tired after the ride and my quads didn't really hurt the next day. It is amazing what 1cm can do for you!
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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
It is amazing what 1cm can do for you!
Agreed - Some riders get so carried away with the math of fitting that they fail to just make simple adjustments here and there - Looks like you found a good one...

But when making adjustments be sure you can get back to the original setting... Just in case...
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Old 06-18-13, 03:01 PM
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Sometimes its the mere act of changing that causes the perceived improvement. Keeping track of where you started, and being able to go back is important. Also I'm not a fan of changing several things at a time, but hey, whatever works, I gotta pay off this Guru thing, next....
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Old 06-18-13, 04:21 PM
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My wife says the extra 1cm really makes a difference too!
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Old 06-18-13, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
My wife says the extra 1cm really makes a difference too!
OK, I will be nice and not try to guess what % that is LOL
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Originally Posted by wheelreason View Post
Sometimes its the mere act of changing that causes the perceived improvement. Keeping track of where you started, and being able to go back is important. Also I'm not a fan of changing several things at a time, but hey, whatever works, I gotta pay off this Guru thing, next....
Yeah. But not suggestion here. It really did make a big difference. I know where you are coming from though - I try and change one thing at a time and my bike has rules along the seatpost and rails. So there I can easily go back.

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I cm can mean a lot for me. I can spend a large part of an evening moving stuff around — carrying Allen wrenches in my teeth and riding up and down my block. Sometimes I think even .50 cm makes a difference, but some people might think I'm weird for thinking so. Well maybe I am, but then maybe they are not 65 years old yet.
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
My wife says the extra 1cm really makes a difference too!
You must not have been "clipped" as a youngster!
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every minor change helps. Somethings the pro bikefitters get things a little wrong, so you still have to adjust until feeling 100%
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You must not have been "clipped" as a youngster!
Isn't the term "clipless"? ;-)
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Over the last 20 years I have done an almost blank slate refit on each new bike. I set the saddle position the same, but the bar height, stem length, and cleat position I did just from feel. Ride a few weeks, see what hurts, tweak, repeat. Then I compared my dimensions from 1993, and the biggest deviation was 3mm, in stem length, and that was probably because the hoods changed shape over the years. Even did a new pro fit recently, and all he did is move my cleat back about 2mm, but I could not feel the difference.
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It's less than 1/2 " (12.7mm)
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I'm a big fan of adjusting the bike here and there. You might think that after a good many miles or years, bike fit would be dialed in for all time. Not so. just as the Universe has been changing from the first moment of it's existence, we do to. Recently I've lost some weight and suddenly the saddle, which has been comfortable for thousands of miles, has been causing discomfort. After several saddle adjustments to no avail, I figured out the problem was the loss of weight. My fix is simple. Just become accustomed to the new norm.
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