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Old 04-16-20, 11:46 PM
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Saddle positioning

Hi All, maybe I can be helped. I'm a 63 y/o senior so to speak but don't particularly feel like or want to be but that's another issue. I started cycling after a 30+ yr absence in January of this year I ride a Trek DS2 with the standard saddle (Bontrager Sport) and am enjoying every day more and more riding. My issue is after peddling for a while I want to sit up. When I do I still feel like I'm still leaning a bit forward and it's not as much of a relief as I would have hoped. I eyeballed the seat and it looks parallel to horizontal.
If I tilt the saddle downward toward the back a few Cm's will it screw anything up? As far as positioning of the saddle. i.e having to move it forward on the rails, lift the handlebar stem to move it a few Cm's back to compensate...etc? Am I overthinking this or what? Thanks in advance if you have any thoughts.

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Old 04-17-20, 01:48 AM
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Have you considered raising the handlebars?
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Old 04-17-20, 05:24 AM
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It takes a while to adapt, the time depending on our core strength, flexibility,how much we ride and the duration of rides, and what we want to get from it. Longer at our age unfortunately. I am suggesting that your issue of wanting to sit up after a while is a moving target that is resolved by physical adaptations rather than positioning.Sitting up is very comfortable for short rides, but you will find that it increases your discomfort on longer rides. If limited riding is your goal then that's fine, but I get the sense that you want to continue past that.

To your question specifically, we do not recommend moving the seat around or tilting it to adjust your reach or position. I'm not as fanatical about that as most - I think it makes very little difference in the "balance", knee pain or "efficiency",that are normally factors in the saddle position, but either way it's not recommended. To adjust reach and posture we move the handlebars around. Shorter stem, move up, move back. I suggest small changes, give yourself time to get used to them, evaluate how it feels over longer rides and iterate.
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Once I get a saddle position/tilt "dialed in", I'm hesitant to change it. Don't know if your Trek has proprietary grips/bars (a friend's Trek does), but if it does not, you might try adding bar ends for a change of position. I occasionally ride my mtn.bike on a mup, and while the handlebar position works fine for trails, I find that while riding the mup I'll want to change position occasionally, and bar ends work for me.
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Thank you for your answers. The best plan I guess would be to raise the handle bars stem a wee bit and see how that goes. Looks like there's plenty of room to rise as they are down pretty low to start with. Thanks again

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