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Quick Question(14 posts)

Quick Questionrubendc19
Jul 30, 2003 6:42 AM
Is my bike to big, if my seatpost is only showing about 2 inches and is only and inch over my stem, What do you guys think? And do bike shops have a return policy, I bought that bike about 2 weeks ago
No quick answer...........Dave Hickey
Jul 30, 2003 7:00 AM
How is your standover height? With your feet on the ground, is your crotch touching the top tube?
quick answerSteve_0
Jul 30, 2003 7:02 AM
despite the current fashion of too small frames with 6 or 8 inches of tube showing and 5 inches of drop, two inches ~may~ be ok. The important questions are

1. is the bike comfortable?
2. do you have sufficient standover clearance?
3. Is the bike comfortable?
4. Is your leg (near) fully extending?
5. Is the bike comfortable?

Before media hype and marketing, the ~general~ rule of thumb was 'a fistfull of seattube'. This equates to 3-4 inches for most riders.
quick answerrubendc19
Jul 30, 2003 7:23 AM
The bike is comfortable, but after a little while of riding, i feel discomfort on my hands, and i heard it's because i have to much weight on my hands. so the only solution would be to lower the seatpost, so if i keep doing that, i will have no seatpost showing, and i'm thinking to myself that cant be right. When I stand over it I have about an inch from the top tube to my crotch area
Get fit for your bike. Then, get fit by biking...Spunout
Jul 30, 2003 7:27 AM
Sounds like your SO is good, you may have your seat low. Pain in hands comes from weak core also, or maybe you could move the seat back (and/or up). This removes weight from hands.
not necessarily the answer....Steve_0
Jul 30, 2003 7:35 AM
saddle height is most important; your leg should be just about fully extended at the bottom of the stroke. From there, weight can be taken off the hands by either moving the saddle rearward, or moving the bars upwards or backwards.
not necessarily the answer....rubendc19
Jul 30, 2003 7:41 AM
you guys no more than me, so i will try moving the seat up a little, (i'm going for a short ride today) and see how that works.........

once again thanks
Is your saddle level?Dave Hickey
Jul 30, 2003 8:02 AM
If your saddle is pointed down in front, your arms/hands are carrying too much of your body weight. A level saddle puts more of your weight on the torso and not on your hands. I use a actual level when I set up my saddle. I prefer a straight or slightly nose high saddle.

It's also possible that you just need more riding time and the discomfort will go away.
dont just bump up a little...Steve_0
Jul 30, 2003 8:05 AM
raise it until you have just a slight bend at the bottom of the stroke. THAT is the proper saddle height, around which all other adjustments can be made.

If raisign the seat results in a significant increase in height, you may want to also raise the bars to accommodate the increaese.

Let us know how it turns out.
Make tiny adjustmentsJervis
Jul 30, 2003 8:35 AM
Move one thing at at time, then go ride it. If it feels wrong move it a little bit more. Never adjust everything at once in huge leaps. Be patient.
Take your cycling inseam measurement...Spunout
Jul 30, 2003 8:44 AM
In bare feet, use a textbook between your things and lift it up until your voice pitches an octave higher yet your heels are on the ground. Mark the height of the book against the wall and measure.

Multiply by .885 and this is a starting measurement from the centre of the BB to the top of the saddle surface. If you are a new cyclist, go 1cm shorter. If your cranks are long, go a bit lower too. ALWAYS better a bit short.

If your hips rock when spinning, you might be too high.
HEY GUY!!!! I WENT ON A SHORT 10 MILERrubendc19
Jul 30, 2003 10:33 AM
You've all been great help, in all honesty, i did some adjusting, and the discomfort in my hands seemed to bearable which leads me to believe, that maybe i do need more riding time,

But I have another discomfort, and it's coming from my jewels I don't wear cycling shorts, I wear normal athletic shorts, could that be the problem, or do i need to play around with the saddle some more????
HEY GUY!!!! I WENT ON A SHORT 10 MILERbriburke
Jul 30, 2003 11:12 AM
Good to hear it got better. Cycling shorts are a good thing - they help keep you in one place.

What type of discomfort? If it's numbness, then there's a couple of things to know: 1) check the fore/aft and flatness of your saddle. Minute changes to level have a huge effect on mine. 1) change positions on the saddle every few minutes - shift forward, back, or get out of the saddle for a few pedals, 3) If that doesn't help, get a new saddle that fits your body better.

For hands your hands, it's the same - good gloves help cushion, and changing your hand position every few minutes helps. Alternate between the hoods (top of the brake levers), top of the bar and the drops. Don't grip tightly - that'll cut off circulation too.

-Brian
buy some cycling shortsinnergel
Jul 30, 2003 11:14 AM
It will make all the difference in the world in your "jewel comfort" :-)

Regular athletic shorts have large seams in the crotch that put undo pressure in that area. Cycling shorts with chamois have flat seams so this problem doesn't occur.

Assuming your fit is dialed in, I try to think of it like this, for best comfort, "don't skimp on any piece of gear where you touch the bike", i.e. shoes, gloves, shorts. And don't skimp on your helmet either, which should go without saying.