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saddle height or something else?

Old 03-13-10, 11:47 AM
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saddle height or something else?

Last year I had a very annoying and long lasting hamstring injury which eventually got fixed with physio. It was caused by the seat being too high but only ever so slightly that I didn't feel discomfort for any ride of 60 miles but when i did a century i got the injury.

since then I've lowered the seat and made little tweeks until it felt right but i'm now thinking it is a bit low. I can't point my toes down easily when spinning a higher cadence or drop my heal easily when climbing.

The funny thing is i can feel a bit of tenderness in the previouly damaged right hamstring tendon (but not the left) and back of knee pain is usually a saddle too high symptom.

Is this likely to just be a result of a weakened right hamstring rather then a saddle height issue? I would like to start raising the saddle in 1 mm increments to improve the pedalling.
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hamstrings must be an extremely unusual cycling related injury as those muscles are not abused by pedaling motion esp when on saddle. Notice how atrophic cyclist's hamstrings look next to his quads/gastrocnemius or next to a runner's hamstrings.. I've never before heard of or read about a cyclist with such issue
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I'm pretty sure my saddle isn't exactly where it should be, but I don't know where to move it.
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I have similiar issue only it's feels like it is in the upper calf/back of knee area. I've been to two different fitters with the main difference being the saddle fore/aft placement. (issue has been with both positions). I think mine may be due to a leg length discrepancy. The original fitter said he thought it to me about 5mm. Wouldn't think that would make that much of a difference but I may try a cleat shim to see if that helps.
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wise words. i think maybe the only way is to experiment and move it a bit at a time and then ride that position over several rides each time. it's going to take forever.
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hamstrings must be an extremely unusual cycling related injury as those muscles are not abused by pedaling motion esp when on saddle. Notice how atrophic cyclist's hamstrings look next to his quads/gastrocnemius or next to a runner's hamstrings.. I've never before heard of or read about a cyclist with such issue

not so much the muscle but the tendon attaching it. it was pulled and i ended up unable to walk as it stiffened up.
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try and push the saddle forward a bit more which can have you either raise the saddle higher or allow you to leave it right where it is. Take a hex wrench with you on your next ride and adjust as necessary.
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