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Legs hitting chest(14 posts)

Legs hitting chestPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 23, 2003 7:48 AM
When I ride in my drops since my legs are pretty big they hammer my chest. Should I get a shorter stem to sit me upright to the point where this does not happen?

No, leave the set-up the way it is. Sounds fine. (nm)onespeed
Jan 23, 2003 7:50 AM
sounds like a fit problem?DougSloan
Jan 23, 2003 7:53 AM
Might help to have a wider hip angle, like time trialers do.

Not sure a longer stem, by itself, would help. I would think you'd need to move the saddle forward, too.

Are the legs just touching, or actually slamming in to your chest? If just touching, probably is not a concern. Also, is this just riding along or when sprinting?
Its when sprintingPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 23, 2003 8:16 AM
When riding along its fine... but when I'm sprinting it gets to the point where I almost feel like my upper body is being tossed around. I might be overexaggerating it a bit but it just feels unnatural.

Its when sprintingbugleboy
Jan 24, 2003 5:32 AM
Try getting out of the saddle like the most people when you sprint.
On the track its differentPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 24, 2003 8:03 AM
The initial jump out of the saddle to get up to speed is out of the saddle then you sit down and maintain your speed. I'd recommend watching some track racing next time its on TV which should be this summer with the Pan-am games.

try shallow barscyclopathic
Jan 23, 2003 8:07 AM
round or female specific bars have less drop. I read somewhere Lance uses Deda round bars for the same reason; worked for me.

you can also try spacers ~10mm should make enough diff, but if you're happy with your position on tops or hoods bars are way to go.
Jan 23, 2003 8:12 AM
if you end up with round bars to be comfortable they should be set up differently. For natural bend in wrist point ends somewhere btw rear brake and dropouts good luck
re: Legs hitting chestMR_GRUMPY
Jan 23, 2003 9:22 AM
A shorter stem won't help. You might want to try a stem with a little more rise. If you have a -17 deg stem now, you might want to go with a -10. If you have a -10, try one with a -6 rise. Be careful, as you go up, you are going back also.
Why Are You In The Saddle When Sprinting?!?!?!BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 23, 2003 11:15 AM
I may be wrong but it sounds like your in the saddle when this happens...if thats true then you are timing your sprint wrong.
I doDougSloan
Jan 23, 2003 1:10 PM
There are two components to sprinting: 1. the jump and accelleration; 2. top end.

While the jump and accelleration are certainly out of the saddle, I hit top end around 130 rpms or so seated. That's what I see nearly everyone do.

Too much time in the weight room building quads and pecs? nmdzrider
Jan 23, 2003 11:49 AM
Jan 23, 2003 11:49 AM
re: Legs hitting chestbrider
Jan 23, 2003 1:18 PM
Nick -- I know you're a trackie. Is this happening on the track, or the road rig? One guy in my area (you may have heard of him -- Woody Cox -- Masters world champ a few years ago in pursuit) has HUGE thighs, and is pretty stocky otherwise as well (if memory serves, I think he played semi-pro football). He's on the short side, which doesn't help either. He went with a custom Serotta that has something on the order of an 80-degree seat tube angle, and is otherwise pretty stretched out. I'm thinking something along that line may be the ticket for you as well. Opens up tha hip angle, and allows a good spin.