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Tight Hamstring - Seat position??(4 posts)

Tight Hamstring - Seat position??MalandMo
Jun 5, 2001 10:28 PM
After my last couple of training rides, my left hamstring has been very tight and uncomfortable. My seat came loose last week, and I am wondering if I did'nt get it back in the right position. If this is the problem, which way should I move it, forward? Any help is greatly appreciated.
re: Tight Hamstring - Seat position??5ive
Jun 6, 2001 6:58 AM
Normal logic (I think) is that if it's back of the legs that hurt, then move the sit forward and down. If it's the opposite, move it back and up.
that's pretty funny. we reached the opposite conclusion.bill
Jun 6, 2001 7:36 AM
I'll bet on yours if you'll bet on mine.
I certainly have heard (and believe) that a too-high saddle will result in hyper-extending the knee, and vice versa. I haven't heard the same about fore-aft, but, after you said it, I certainly could see that, if you were too far back, you would be tempted to pull through the bottom of your stroke in a way that stresses the hamstrings with less support from the quads.
I think that you use your hamstrings more in a forwardbill
Jun 6, 2001 7:10 AM
position, but I'm not sure that (a) you could generalize about this particularly in relation to injury or (b) this is your problem. You could have pulled it and just never have allowed it to recover. I doubt that a cm here or there would injure you in itself. In any case, if you are more forward, it seems to me that a little more of your stroke is involved in pushing back and pulling up; i.e., using your hamstrings. Rearward would use more of your gluts.
I offer this with only a little confidence in its accuracy, but sometimes a soupcon of ignorance brings out the people who really know what they're talking about. Give your body a bit of a rest, then try to move your saddle position a little and see what happens. Your body will let you know.