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Cycling posture(5 posts)

Cycling postureMarlon
Jul 27, 2001 10:46 AM
I finally found a picture of me on my bike. Yes, it's a bit blurry, I know I'm wearing a minimum of lycra (it was a triathlon, alright!), but it's one of the few I have. Question: am I showing good cycling posture? I was comfortable enough on the hoods on the picture, and in the drops I'm fine, but if you have any suggestions, I'd be more than happy to hear them.
re: Cycling posturePsyDoc
Jul 27, 2001 11:48 AM
First of all, I am just going to offer my own personal opinions/suggestions that should be taken with a grain of salt (and perhaps a lime, and a shot of Tequilia). Also, the photo is a little blurry and the angle from which the photo was taken could be influencing my opinion. At first glance, your position seems fine, but here are some things you may want to think about. First, from the photo, your elbows seem as if they would overlap quite a bit with your knees. For example, if you swung your elbows in a bit, I would think your knees would smack 'em. Perhaps if you had a longer stem, you could stretch out a bit more and minimize this overlap. At the same time, this stretching out a bit would make your back flatter. AGAIN, I do not seem anything really "bad" about your current positioning, my comments are just food for thought.
I agreePack Meat
Jul 27, 2001 1:34 PM
I was going to comment on the same thing. It might be beacuse it's a TT position but you may check the fore aft on your saddle. It doesn't look right, it looks like the saddle is to far back. You almost never see that much saddle hanging out. And get a tan;)
Bike Fit?jtolleson
Jul 27, 2001 3:24 PM
I think we've all notice the same thing, except to me I didn't see it as your posture but actually wondered about bike fit. The top tube looks too short. Or maybe the stem. It just looks cramped. Not a lot, but I'm wondering if you've really got the right frame geometry for your svelte self.

(and sorry, adjusting the fore-aft on your saddle is NO WAY to fix a reach issue. Fore-aft is about feet and knees, not arms)
Bike Fit?Jon Billheimer
Jul 27, 2001 5:10 PM
As the above posts suggest, you may have a bike fit issue. The cockpit looks a bit short. However, to make sure you'd have to check your arm position when you're on your aerobars. A correct reach in the aero position would have a plumb line dropped from your ear intersect with your elbow, so that the bend in your arm at the elbow joint is a little larger than 90 deg. Otherwise, your hip angle, seat height, and back look fine. For some good pointers, see John Cobb's fit articles at