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Dominant side?(7 posts)

Dominant side?Higgins
Mar 17, 2003 8:32 AM
I went out for quite a hard ride yesterday, and did a lot of hill riding. I have always known that my right side is stronger than my left, but yesterday it was really quite noticeable. I could not get the power through my left leg very well, and during some of the seated climbs I felt very uncomfortable and even felt some 'clicking' in my left hip. It wasn't the bone itself I don't think, but it didn't feel very good. Does anyone else suffer with having one side of their body a lot stronger than the other? Any recommendations? Or is this just normal?
leg length difference problem? nmDougSloan
Mar 17, 2003 8:45 AM
re: Dominant side?DINOSAUR
Mar 17, 2003 9:04 AM
My right leg is a couple of mm's longer than my left. I found that lowering my saddle a couple of mm's was the key. Otherwise I start experiencing all types of problems on my right side starting from the knee and extending to my hip and lower back..
re: Dominant side?Higgins
Mar 17, 2003 9:15 AM
Yes, my right leg is slightly longer than my left. But I think it is more to do with strength. The muscles on my right leg are visibly larger than those on my left. I have tried to equalise things up but I don't seem to be able to get it sorted out. Perhaps I should try adjusting my saddle height, but I am pretty sure it's OK.
re: Dominant side?DINOSAUR
Mar 17, 2003 9:29 AM
Have you considered weight training? I'm no expert but it seems to me if you are riding with a leg discrenpancy the dominate leg will become stronger....sounds like you need to talk to a doc to narrow down the problem...
re: Dominant side?pina
Mar 17, 2003 12:51 PM
I don't think that dominant side is that uncommon as well as leg length difference. I road seriously for several years before i noticed that one side was stronger than the other, then i noticed my leg length was different. I could tell this by looking at the inboard side of my shoes relative to the extreme inside location of float on my time pedals. My longer leg sat further outboard of the inner float location. I also read later that some pro's have tested up to 20% higher in strength in one leg versus the other.
had similar problemcyclopathic
Mar 17, 2003 12:57 PM
turned out it wasn't as simple as one dominant leg. my right quad was stronger then left ~20% and left hamstring was stronger then right. It finally got fixed with corrective weight exercises.

before I really screwed up my knees it was never a problem (with exception of maybe flexing frame on climbs)