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Newbie Help....(3 posts)

Newbie Help....rubendc19
Aug 3, 2003 6:29 PM
Hey all, I have recently crossed over into road biking ( from MTBing) I'd say about 3 full weeks ago. Know I have made all the adjustmens that I can to make it feel as comfortable as possible, at one point I was begining to think that my bike fit was improper but I don't think it's that either ( I'm about 5'7 or 5'8, and I have a 53 cm size bike) but I notice that discomfort on (excuse my desciption) nut sack, it's not a numbness, is just discomfort. What do you guys advise, should I keep riding and get more used to, or change saddle or.......

And another question whats the rule about "seeing" or "not" seeing the front hub, I forget, as far as that goes I can see my hub, does that really matter?
Here Is My AdviceIndurain 03
Aug 3, 2003 9:40 PM
Give yourself some more time in the saddle to adjust. At first a road saddle can seem quite hard but over time you will adjust. Try not to concentrate on it as much. If time and all else fail you might try a new seat. The Selle Italia Flite Gel is what I use and it is pretty comfortable. As far as your hub is concerned; position yourself on the bike so that the bar obscures it from view while riding on the hoods. It is possible that your seat is too high and/or too far forward.
re: Newbie Help....NewDayNewWay
Aug 4, 2003 5:00 AM
The rule about not being able to see the hub when in the drops is one of those rules that doesn't make sense IMO. It may be a very rough guideline to start off with at best. However, maybe one has a slightly longer top tup and a slightly shorter stem, versus someone with a shorter top tup and a longer stem, for example.

The rough rule about elbow-versus-knee is a superior approach (as rough guidelines go) since it doesn't have anything to do with anything artificial like the location of the front wheel hub relative to the the bar and your eyes. The rule is if your hands are in the drops, and you bend your elbow so your upper back is lower and bring your leg around the cranks, you should have maybe 1" of clearance between your elbow and your knee. There can be some variation in this, maybe a little less than 1" or a little more, but it provides a better starting place than the hub rule.