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critique my fit... please(20 posts)

critique my fit... pleaserrjc5488
Dec 27, 2003 9:20 PM
Saddle is too far backDave_Stohler
Dec 28, 2003 12:31 AM
Your knee is too far behind the pedal spindle (KOPS), which is probably why you look a bit too stretched out.

I might add that your place needs some serious cleaning. You shouldn't hang good neckware that way, and never use that tie with a plaid shirt.
impossible to tell that...C-40
Dec 28, 2003 7:43 AM
How you could determine anything about KOP from that picture is beyond me. KOP is measued with the crank in the 3 o'clock position. The picture is not from the side and the cranks are not in the proper position. Setting the knee directly over the pedal spindle is rearely the best position. It's a fine starting point, but that's all. Each rider need to experiment to determine the position that best suits his muscle type and the terrain being ridden. For example, I used to place my knee over the pedal spindle, but now that I'm doing a lot of mountain climbing, I've moved my saddle back 1.5-2.0cm and shortened my stem accordingly. The further back position allows me to apply a greater amount of torque at a lower cadence for climbing.

What is obvious is that the saddle is probably 2cm too high.
It's always hard to tell...divve
Dec 28, 2003 2:37 AM
.....from a single picture and without seeing someone actually moving on the bike, but if I had to comment on something I'd say the seat looks set too high. Try and see if you can comfortably sink your heel about 2cm below the pedal axle in that position. If not you got your answer...unless you pedal better with your toes down I guess.
I concur....teoteoteo
Dec 28, 2003 7:18 AM
The picture doesn't show it all. I do agree with divve that my initial concerns were the saddle height. Not much bend in the knee and if you drop your heel as divve suggests you'll be even more overextended. Remember also that seight height and fore aft work together so remember to compensate accordingly when you raise and lower saddle.
Your pixels are too big (nm)Scot_Gore
Dec 28, 2003 8:56 AM
Head needs to come up 4", back 6". . .js5280
Dec 28, 2003 9:47 AM
to cover that patch job needed in the background where a picture once was ;-) Hmmm, "critique my fit" posts always get as much feedback on home decor as bike fit for some reason ;-)

Okay, here's my bike related post. I think you look a little streched out up top. Not much bend in your elbows, your arm to shoulder angle is a bit past 90 degrees, and there is a pretty good gap between your knee and elbow. I think a shorter stem would help tighten that all up and get your back a little flatter. Overall not bad though and if it's comfortable to you, I don't think changing is absolutely necessary.

Nice balance job! Can't see anything/one holding you up. You look really natural if you're doing a track stand.
Dec 28, 2003 10:31 AM
The rider has his hands on the brake hoods, not in the drops. There should be a large gap between the knee and elbow in this position. There is also no need for more than a slight bend in the arms when riding on the hoods.

A flat back is only relavent when riding with the upper back horizontal, with the hands in the drops. It's meaningless in this more upright position. A shorter stem would never contribute to a flatter back. A flat back depends more on the rotation of the pelvis than anything. Some riders can rotate the pelvis to create a flat back and some can't.

To evaluate stem length the poster would need to provide a picture taken directly from the side, with his hands in the drops and fingers in reach of the brake levers. Then he should have some slight clearance between the knee and elbow. If the bars are set low enough, there will still be very little bend in the elbow to produce a horizontal upper back.
D'oh! C-40's right. . .js5280
Dec 28, 2003 4:13 PM
I was thinking position in the drops, not the hoods. My mistake.
That looks strange to me....divve
Dec 28, 2003 10:56 AM
hmmm.. is it the tie? the ship in the photo? what's strange? nmcolker1
Dec 28, 2003 5:43 PM
while we're at itgeorge_da_trog
Dec 28, 2003 10:54 AM
you thinking about scraping the hair off those legs? Yeah, I know it's winter.

Well, the Obvious...dave_w
Dec 28, 2003 12:02 PM
No Postal kit! :D Yes, looks like saddle is too high.
Tell us about those Bontrager carbons in12x23
Dec 28, 2003 3:01 PM
the closet and I'll give you my take on your position. Ok, I'll go first; I can't tell squat about your position with a photo taken while leaning against the wall other than the saddle appears a bit too high.

Now, tell me 'bout them carbon wheels !!!!! ;-)
Thanks everyone.... and for the carbons:rrjc5488
Dec 28, 2003 7:31 PM
They're sweet wheels. They're aero, and pretty light. The only negative to them is the noise they make when you hit a bump, which obviously isnt terrible, but more of an annoyance. Other than that, they're great.

once again, thanks.
Thanks everyone.... and for the carbons:12x23
Dec 29, 2003 7:38 AM
I take it they've held up well. How many miles do you have on 'em?, stay true or need attention?, true to advertised weight? Thanks in advance for the info.
stem is short.colker1
Dec 28, 2003 5:27 PM
try a longer one. you will be surprised with your xtra power and smoothness over the road.
Agree with the others53T
Dec 29, 2003 5:58 AM
The saddle is too high. Jersey is too big. Is that that the Titanic on the wall?
re: billy, stop riding your bike in the housejrm
Dec 29, 2003 12:47 PM
TT is to short and the seat/bar drop is much. Sure you can ride it but your going to pay for it.
has your mother ever told you....african
Dec 29, 2003 1:16 PM
not to hang your towel on the door.....

Sheez my room mate does that and I friggen hate it...