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Pros rock hips while pedaling

Old 06-04-09, 10:33 PM
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Pros rock hips while pedaling

Watching the Giro this year, most of the riders I watched had rocking hips during pedaling. All the fitting guides I've read say this is a bad thing. Anyone know the reason behind this?
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Old 06-04-09, 10:35 PM
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If your hips rock because your saddle is too high it's bad. If it happens because you're driving the pedals hard (which is usually the case with pros) it's not the worst thing in the world.
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Originally Posted by eavonius View Post
Watching the Giro this year, most of the riders I watched had rocking hips during pedaling. All the fitting guides I've read say this is a bad thing. Anyone know the reason behind this?
the same reason some NFL quarterbacks have slow releases, sometimes skill and natural talent overcome poor biomechanics
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Old 06-04-09, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by max power View Post
the same reason some NFL quarterbacks have slow releases, sometimes skill and natural talent overcome poor biomechanics
Sure...

I suck and even I don't rock my hips - unless I need that extra little bit.
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Old 06-04-09, 10:55 PM
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I suck and even I don't rock my hips - unless I need that extra little bit.
What a coincidence
I dated a girl from NYC, I went to visit whenever I needed that little extra. Wild chick - she did both.
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Old 06-04-09, 10:59 PM
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umm... I don't think it's so much "rocking" of the hips, as much as it is them moving their upper body over the leg doing the down stroke to go faster... all pro riders have that "snaking" body movement when their pushing hard.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:07 PM
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You guys think too much.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
You guys think too much.
not sure I agree. Let me think about it and get back to you.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
not sure I agree. Let me think about it and get back to you.
Get back to me on the Donut Ride on Sat, we'll have coffee. Plus you can be the third BF'er to drop fauxto nick.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SteelCan View Post
What a coincidence
I dated a girl from NYC, I went to visit whenever I needed that little extra. Wild chick - she did both.
Wow. Didn't expect that - context isn't your strong suit is it.

Good to see you've got that special imagination (keep dreaming!) and are tall enough to grab some low-hanging fruit though.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:45 PM
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Use your kinesthetic sense and pay attention to what's going on in the area of your lower back and butt next time your really hammering along. When you put lots of force on the pedals, you start recruiting those muscles. Muscles make you move. The motion isn't rocking the hips in the same way that you do when reaching for a pedal that's too far away. You're transferring the kinetic energy produced in the muscles of your lower back into your leg and then to the pedal. That requires that your bones move. Your pelvis just happens to be handy.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:47 PM
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yes their entire body is rocking , not just their hips
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is there something wrong with moving my hips at times? i try to remain seated, even when i'm going uphill, but rock my hips to get a little extra energy.

i don't want to develop bad habits if i can avoid it...
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Sure...

I suck and even I don't rock my hips - .
i thought this thread was about pros and not amateurs that suck
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my guess is that many pro riders could use a change in their position - most likely seat in non-optimal place and other contact points a bit off. saxo bank recently had their position adjusted by andy pruitt and there were significant changes.
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Did you notice how many pros sit forward on the nose of their saddle when chasing?
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Old 06-07-09, 06:09 PM
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the "on the rivet" position. My fitter said you get more power but need greater core strength.
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Wow. Didn't expect that - context isn't your strong suit is it.

Good to see you've got that special imagination (keep dreaming!) and are tall enough to grab some low-hanging fruit though.
Aww, come on, you know it was funny
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Originally Posted by acid_rider View Post
my guess is that many pro riders could use a change in their position - most likely seat in non-optimal place and other contact points a bit off. saxo bank recently had their position adjusted by andy pruitt and there were significant changes.
Yeah, most of those guys don't know what the heck they're doing....
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My bike fitter claimed that rocking hips is natural, within reason, and that one shouldn't put much emphasis on it.
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Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
Aww, come on, you know it was funny
Sure - it evoked a smirk. Any relevance at all to the OP would have been a nice touch though.


Originally Posted by max power View Post
i thought this thread was about pros and not amateurs that suck
Whatever. You're just pissed 'cause you were way off base. Now go away.



Eavonius, if you're even still reading this mess... Don't make a habit of rocking you're hips when you're riding. If you find that it is necessary/hard to avoid, try lowering your seat. I'm sure a quick search of the forums will turn up some more (better) info.
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lol, the sad irony of your post, giving one guy s#it for not being relevant to the OP and then being "whatever" about the fact that you started talking about your sad self when the OP was specifically asking about PROS.

the truth is that some pros do rock their hips. and if they've made it all the way to the giro with bad biomechanics then more than one team manager or sponsor has let them be

not all pros have textbook form
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I think this thread needs some videos to clarify.
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Fitter: You should change _______.
Pro Rider: But I've been doing this for years.
Fitter: But it's all wrong.
Pro Rider: Come to my house and I'll show you some trophies.
Fitter: Fair enough.
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Originally Posted by none View Post
Wow. Didn't expect that - context isn't your strong suit is it.

Good to see you've got that special imagination (keep dreaming!) and are tall enough to grab some low-hanging fruit though.


Well, now i guess we all know that your user name describes your sense of humour.


Keep up the good work.
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