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Old 05-11-06, 09:20 PM
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Seat position

I just joined the 'bent world with a Sun EZ Sport CX and have a question about seat position. For riding hills, is it better to be more reclined or more upright?
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Old 05-12-06, 05:49 AM
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I am not a 'pro' but have found that as long as I can get the push on the pedals for getting up the desired hill, does not matter that much on the body position. On my Linear LWB I have the seat leaning pretty good but still am able to put pressure on the pedals. Since going up a hill is usually on the slower side the aerodynamics does not factor in as much. I don't have a racer so can not speak to that particular. peace el padre
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Old 05-12-06, 08:22 AM
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On my lowracer, I can climb best with the maximum recline, even to the point of my butt coming out of the seat to get my entire body straight. This runs contrary to the standard dogma that says a more closed position is more powerful. But, I'm not known as a hillclimber anyway, so take it with a grain of salt. I think the 'best' position is highly individual, so experiment around!
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From a muscle/posture perspective, will I be able to get more pressure on the pedals sitting upright or reclined? When I'm reclined, it 'feels' like I'm able to get some of my hip muscles to help the legs drive the pedals. Upright, it feels like it's more all leg/knee. Am I just fooling myself or is this one of the reclining benefits of a recumbent? Thanks!
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