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A few more new rider questions - Gearing - Saddle

Old 07-07-05, 02:05 PM
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A few more new rider questions - Gearing - Saddle

I have been riding for about 2 weeks daily now. Its a blast! My o my are these road bikes so much faster than the MTB i have used my entire life.

I am having a problem though, and that is I do not feel comfortable riding in a high gear. I am not sure what it is but my legs feel right at home grinding away in low high-resistance gear. When I try to ride in a high gear it almost feels like im kicking air and not doing anything. Is this a common feeling for a newbie? Are there any techniques i should be using?

My bike has been fit rather well and am very comfortable in it. However I have read some horror studies on what bike sadles can do to blood flow to those lower regions in both males and females. Someone had suggested to me to look into specialized because they are the only company that actually produces a fitting test and creates saddles with varying widths for the pelvic sit bones. If this is true why arent other saddles companies attempting to have a more custom sized fit? Is there something you lose by going with a sized specialized saddle?

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High gear = Big gear in front, small gear in back.
Low gear = Small gear in front, big gear in back.

From what you are saying it seems like you are calling high low and low high. Gears are used to stay in a comfortable and/or efficient range. If you feel no resistance the gear is too low. If it is too hard to turn it is too high. Either can be a problem. Too low and you just go slow and do not progress since you avoid any change to work. Too high and you can stress knees and muscles and are not efficient.
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Base yourself on your cadence, what feels good. Most people go about 80 to 100 for comfort crusing (at least I do, lower on the hills and over 100 afer a bit in a spring)...
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Saddles -- there is a ton out there, and what works for one person doesn't work for others. Specialized now makes saddles w/3 different widths to accommodate for different sit bone widths...a good idea IMO. But you still may not like them, they may not be for your bum. Sure, try them, but also try various Fiziks, Selle's, etc, etc.)
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I was sized with the middle size, so I assume that makes me the average rider. In which case that puts me in the size that most saddle makers would consider when designing there saddles. I presume that these specialized saddles would mostly benefit those that need the larger or smaller size.

I guess its about time I invest in a computer. I didnt buy one initially because I was afraid I would concern myself to much with it and not riding. It has become rather apparent that a computer is needed to help pace.
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Whatever you do, don't get a Brooks saddle. Take up chain smoking cigarettes or alcoholic drinking to keep yourself away from them.
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saddles on their own just come in a variety of sizes, although unlike shoe's for example, it's not really made clear. So you basicly have to measure the width yourself and test it out to find what you like. To narrow and it'll push your sit bones out and creat pressure in the wrong spots. To wide and it'll interfear with leg movement.

A computer with speed and cadence is pretty much a necessity.

To get your cadence (rpm for pedaling) up get that computer and just play around with a couple of gears, force yourself to go one or two gears lower (easier) but spin the pedals faster. I try to keep my cadence above 90, and under 100. 85 is my "grinding" cadence when i usualy get in a higher gear, this is usualy done for when i start going down a hill, or if i'm just comming off one, trying to carry momentum forward.
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