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So I took everyone's advice and raised my seat post

Old 05-22-10, 06:55 PM
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So I took everyone's advice and raised my seat post

After posting pictures of my bike on here, I noticed I was getting a lot of comments on the seat post being too short. One of the guys at the bike shop also mentioned it to me, and one person at work. I didn't really understand this, as I've always ridden with a shorter seat post and found it comfortable. i figured it was just because I was only 5'10", and not 6'5"

Well today while preparing for a 30 mile ride, I decided to try playing with the height of my seat post, and raised it a few inches. After trying a couple different heights, I settled on one, and man what a difference it makes! The ride is much more enjoyable, and I really feel like I'm more connected to the bike if that makes any sense. Truely made the entire 30 miles more enjoyable overall. I'm sure it's still not as aggressive as some, but for me this is perfect now!

Just wanted to say thanks o everyone here for slapping some sense into me and showing me the correct way to do things!!

Here are some pictures...

Went ahead and removed the original picture in this post, cause my seat was too angled in it. Thanks to motorthings and rengerdavid for pointing that out. The mounting screw was a little loose, and the seat must have tilted down while I was riding. Here is how she sits now





This should do it now =)





On another note, the Selle Italia Carbonio Flow seat is WAY better than the seat that was on the bike before as well. I highly recommend this seat to anyone my size 5'10" 150lbs.

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Old 05-22-10, 06:59 PM
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I'm just here for the show...



























Nice bike though...
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Old 05-22-10, 06:59 PM
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good job on trying a few new settings...now you should really set the seat so it is level.
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Old 05-22-10, 07:03 PM
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this must be a troll.
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Originally Posted by motorthings View Post
good job on trying a few new settings...now you should really set the seat so it is level.
Just did it. Thanks for pointing that out. The adjuster bolt holding the seat on was a little loose, so it must have moved while riding.
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Old 05-22-10, 07:06 PM
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I agree, try leveling the seat, it will ride even better level.
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Old 05-22-10, 07:13 PM
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Old 05-22-10, 07:16 PM
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am I missing something or did you not get the basic seat post height fitting at your LBS when you bought it? not trying to be a dick.

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Looks much better than the pictures in your previous thread. You may want to look up saddle height adjustment and get a make a more precise adjustment.

What's up with the steep seat angle though? I feel like I would have to hold myself up with my arms instead of my butt if my seat were angled downwards that much. Most people like there seat somewhere near, but not necessarily level.
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Old 05-22-10, 07:27 PM
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Why is the saddle pointing down? ED?
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Old 05-22-10, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
Why is the saddle pointing down? ED?
Meh...cause I'm new to this. Still figuring out what I like, but for now, it feels great. I'll try playing around more tomorrow when I go riding.
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Old 05-22-10, 08:45 PM
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So you decided a set of cosmic carbones instead of a good bike fit? Or 10 for that matter.
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Originally Posted by bismillah View Post
So you decided a set of cosmic carbones instead of a good bike fit? Or 10 for that matter.
A little sour grapes maybe?
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Old 05-22-10, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bismillah View Post
So you decided a set of cosmic carbones instead of a good bike fit? Or 10 for that matter.
Hey come on man. I'm new to this stuff. Sorry about that. I wanted a specific set of components for myself and I got them...including the wheels. I love riding the bike with everything, and to me that's the most important thing. It's a dream to ride, and I can now literally go 40 miles in one strait run (not much for some of you, but for a new guy like me...that's just awesome!). As far as fit goes...the bike frame and everything fits me perfectly, but the adjustments, which I have been doing myself for the past couple days have needed to be dialed in. I'm doin gthem myself, as I wanted to. I'm learning as I go...no problem with that I feel. I think I'm pretty much there, and with each adjustment the ride gets better and better. =)
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Old 05-22-10, 09:29 PM
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" I decided to try playing with the height of my seat post, and raised it a few inches."


Well you only missed it by a few inches.
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Old 05-22-10, 09:58 PM
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You are definitely concentrating on the wrong thing. It doesn't matter how much of a blingy bike you got if it doesn't fit. Pay the $50-100 to get a good fit at an LBS. How long had you been riding the bike with the wrong saddle height?
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
You are definitely concentrating on the wrong thing. It doesn't matter how much of a blingy bike you got if it doesn't fit. Pay the $50-100 to get a good fit at an LBS. How long had you been riding the bike with the wrong saddle height?
I don't think you all are understanding. It is not about paying someone anything. The bike fits me perfectly. I have only been riding for about a year road bike wise. Before that mountain bikes. I have ALWAYS used a very short saddle height. It was my personal preference despite what others told me. I just made this post to tell everyone that I finally decided to try a higher saddle height, and it ended up being a great choice. That's all. You all are taking this the wrong way I feel. Oh, and I was riding the bike with the incorrect saddle height for only 2 days.
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How long had you been riding the bike with the wrong saddle height?
I think he just got the Bianchi, so on this bike, maybe a couple times? On his previous bike, who cares...he wasn't posting on BF then!

Hey collegeboy...nice lookin' bike. If you're going to be doing 30+ mile rides I'd recommend a couple bottle cages and some bottles!
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
I think he just got the Bianchi, so on this bike, maybe a couple times? On his previous bike, who cares...he wasn't posting on BF then!

Hey collegeboy...nice lookin' bike. If you're going to be doing 30+ mile rides I'd recommend a couple bottle cages and some bottles!
I use a Camelback, and it seems to work well for me. I see you are in Austin, Tx. I've been into Nissan 300ZXs for 8 years, and there are some fantastic roads for cars down there to have quite a bit of fun...how are the trails etc for bikes? Might have to come down there to ride once I get a little better.
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You know, the correct saddle height can be gotten simply:

SH = PBH X .883 where SH is saddle height and PBH is pubic bone height

Stand against a wall in bare feet, back to wall, shove a hard cover book with about a one inch spine up into your crotch, you will need help, until your feet seem to get light or it starts to get sorta tight, lol. Make a mark on the wall/book intersection. Do this three times, average, that is your PBH.

Multiply that by .883. The result is your SH measured from the center of the bottom bracket along the seat tube to the crown of the saddle.

Now, this generic equation gets you very close, your exact peddling style, foot size, crank length, shoe thickness etc may alter this result slightly but only slightly, you are at least now in the range you need to be.
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Originally Posted by collegeboymike View Post
I don't think you all are understanding. It is not about paying someone anything. The bike fits me perfectly. I have only been riding for about a year road bike wise. Before that mountain bikes. I have ALWAYS used a very short saddle height. It was my personal preference despite what others told me. I just made this post to tell everyone that I finally decided to try a higher saddle height, and it ended up being a great choice. That's all. You all are taking this the wrong way I feel. Oh, and I was riding the bike with the incorrect saddle height for only 2 days.
Ok first of all, a mountain bike is completely different than a road bike. With mountain bikes you can get away with shorter saddle heights because there is a lot more variation in how people ride them. On a mountain bike you are not on the saddle a lot when you ride vs a road bike when you are 95% of the time on the saddle. There are more things that come into play with road bikes when it comes to fit other than saddle height. Stem length, headset spacers, saddle setback all come into play as well. The reason people need to get a good fitting when they get a road bike is because you can get hurt by not having a properly fitting bike. A low saddle height causes you to be unstable when pedaling and that is something you do not want to be when going down a hill at 30mph.
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There is a company where I am at that specializes in bike fits, LT, VO2 test. etc. This is all they do and they are busy all the time. They charge $100 for a one hour bike fit using the BG fit system. This is the best money you could spend. A professional bike fit will make you a stronger and more comfortable rider. Even if you had a $500 bike that you planned on riding a lot I would recommend getting a professional bike fit.

Oh, BTW, very sweet bike.
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Originally Posted by BiggSlic View Post
There is a company where I am at that specializes in bike fits, LT, VO2 test. etc. This is all they do and they are busy all the time. They charge $100 for a one hour bike fit using the BG fit system. This is the best money you could spend. A professional bike fit will make you a stronger and more comfortable rider. Even if you had a $500 bike that you planned on riding a lot I would recommend getting a professional bike fit.

Oh, BTW, very sweet bike.
Interesting. Anyone know of a good place in the DFW, Texas area?
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