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Has your "fit" changed the more miles you've done/age/other(16 posts)

Has your "fit" changed the more miles you've done/age/otherBrianNYC
Jun 24, 2003 8:24 AM
Now that I have been putting some miles in, I think my fit, which was perfect for when I started road biking, needs to be adjusted - less angle in the stem/higher seat maybe. Is it usual to want/need a more "aggresive" set-up as you gain miles?
Yes...... Longer, and / or lower.........nmMR_GRUMPY
Jun 24, 2003 8:37 AM
Higher for me..Dave Hickey
Jun 24, 2003 9:55 AM
I decided last year to raise all my stems on my bikes. I'm much more comfortable and I can log more miles with less fatigue. I should also say, I'm 45 and not a flexible and I use to be.
Ditto.OldEdScott
Jun 24, 2003 10:25 AM
Unless you're racing, a big drop saddle-to-bar is nuts.
Grant Petersen is right (at least on this issue)gregario
Jun 24, 2003 10:39 AM
Now that I'm over 40 my back is killing me from riding bikes with too long top tubes and too low bars for years. I'm 6'2" with super long femurs and stock bikes that fit are a somewhat scarce commodity.

Petersen is right about raising your bars, especially as you get older. (Of course, he's just plain wrong when he whines on and on about the evils of index shifting)
I believe he's softened a bit on the evilsOldEdScott
Jun 24, 2003 10:45 AM
of index shifting. Most recent comment I read was 'friction's better but indexing's no big deal, really, just get on with it' something like that. Which I think is a pretty fair assessment, on balance. He's also caved in on freehubs vs. freewheels, by the way. As have I.
Freehub good....index bad.....nmbicyclerepairman
Jun 24, 2003 11:40 AM
I think I will flip my stem and lower my bars......BrianNYC
Jun 24, 2003 10:46 AM
I just turned 40, but while riding yesterday I thought I would be more comfortable with a longer reach. I am 6 ft, but w/o long legs. I think I have gained some flexibility in my back since I started road biking, and a longer position would now be more comfortable.
If it works for you, great. Just watch the family jewels..Dave Hickey
Jun 24, 2003 11:37 AM
Most of the posts about saddles hurting the jewels are really more connected to the bars being too low.
90% of the riders who read this could use higher bars.MR_GRUMPY
Jun 24, 2003 11:40 AM
The problem is that 95% of the bikes out there, dictate either lower bars or large amounts of spacers.
If the bikes had shorter top tubes, people would have to buy bigger frames, which would show less seatpost and have the bars at the same level as the seat.
It would be interesting to find out what percentage of posters here really race, and how many are just riders.
I am just a rider....BrianNYC
Jun 24, 2003 11:47 AM
and this is really a comfort question, although I might try to age group race someday if I can find time to train. MY LBS guys, IMHO, are complete fitting pros and fit me perfectly when I got the bike, I just feel like more stretch would be more comfortable and less stress on the back now. It is something I just noticed on my last ride.
"just riders" ?filtersweep
Jun 24, 2003 5:53 PM
What does racing have to do with this? What about an A-ride with a club that hums along at 25+ mph? Sure it is not a race... but most riders at least have performance oriented gear. What about simple aesthetics?

Bars at the same level as the seat?? I really don't know about that. Part of why a road bike is so much more comfortable for me than a "comfort bike" is that my weight isn't all on my butt. I can't imagine the discomfort of a more upright position.

I'm imagining a zero-rise stem with no spacers atop an integrated headset with a seat set "level" with the bars (probably NO post showing at all in this case) and I don't like what I see... might as well ride a 'bent at that point ;)
Good points. nmBrianNYC
Jun 25, 2003 5:36 AM
Constantly evolving.dzrider
Jun 24, 2003 12:29 PM
Since I fiddle with this stuff a lot, it's hard to know where it used to be. I do know that I ride bigger bikes with longer top tubes than I did 15 years ago - I'm 54.

I don't think my handlebars are any higher than they used to be, but I can't say for sure.

I find it easy on my shoulders but very hard on my butt to ride with the bars the same height as the seat. The set-up can't be too bad because I'm able to do real long rides without discomfort.
Constantly evolving...so true..as I get older...Djudd
Jun 24, 2003 4:54 PM
my riding position becomes more of a dynamic process, not at all static. When I was younger my position on the bike was set in stone. Now that I am 40 I am constantly tweaking the seat height and stem height. Longer rides means more tweaking.
I've read and tried Grant Petersen's thoughts on stem heigh and seat height and I can't get with it... I like a little lean to the upper body...takes weight off of the tailbone.
re: Has your "fit" changed the more miles you've done/age/otherMatt Britter
Jun 25, 2003 11:07 AM
Always find it funny when people said "...racers should", "I'm too old", etc. The seat to bar difference or there lack of relates to how flexible you are NOT being a racer.

If you find that you need to raise the bars, ask the question am I stretching EVERY day not let's poll how many racers there are here.

Currently I ride 12-18 hours a week with zero back problems. This is because I stretch after everyride AND go to 3 yoga classes a week. Take care of your body and it will feel good, feeling good lets you take care of your body. Get on the upward spiral not the downward one!
-mb