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Fit Question...(4 posts)

Fit Question...Sean OConnor
May 19, 2003 4:42 PM
I find that when I'm sprinting uphill, or climbing fast out of the saddle, I feel like I'm way out over the front of the bike, and the bike feels "nervous." Does this mean (and I suspect it does) that my top tube is too short? Thanks!
Sprinting uphill, eh?filtersweep
May 19, 2003 5:23 PM
I'd guess it is possible on any bike to be too far over the front wheel... when standing, most people actually DO sway the bike back and forth beneath them, but keep in mind, there generally isn't much technical riding going on at the time. Is that what you mean by nervous?
I fixed that...Matno
May 19, 2003 7:43 PM
...on my old bike by switching to a longer stem. I could still get that "over the bars" feeling if I really leaned forward, but it was nowhere nearly as "squirrely" feeling. I guess that could mean the effective TT length is off, but if it feels right when seated, I wouldn't worry about it. Hope this helps.
Maybe not a fit issue.mainframe
May 20, 2003 11:48 AM
Its written everywhere that one should "pull" up on the bars when out of the saddle. This can only be done if your weight is somewhat back, that is, your butt hovers over the nose of the saddle. Took me a while to figure this out. Now, when standing, my head is very still, the bike is rocking (gently) side to side, and I'm not cantilevered over the bars. Five to ten percent of my riding is out of the saddle, I've spent a bunch of time messin' with this. Might just be an issue of technique.