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Package left or right (bike fit surprise)

After whining and flogging the topic to death, I finally got a professional bike fitting. The process and outcome produced some surprises.

Cleats were good. I was a little surprised. Saddle height and for aft was right on the money. Big surprise. But the bars however, were too high. He ended up taking off the 17-degree stem and putting on a 7-degree stem, flipped it over, and took out spacers for a total 30cm change in bar height. Whoa. I never thought I could be comfortable with the bars way below the saddle, but voila.

I expressed concern that the boys might get crunched in my new riding position so he leveled the saddle and sent me on a ride around the neighborhood. I felt like I was sliding off and asked him to put it back to a little nose up, which he did. While making the final adjustment, he was standing over the rear wheel tightening the bolt and I was standing over the front holding the bike, when he said, you got it all going on. Huh? Your saddle isn’t straight. Looking at it, he was right. It was a centimeter or two to the left. Well I try to make it straight, I said. No, no, he said, you don’t want it straight. You want it a tick to the left or right depending on which way you hang, and he went into explanation of why. Yada, yada prostate… blah, blah something nerve…and it reduces pressure on soft tissues. Bingo! I’ve yet to take the newly fitted bike on a long ride, but I’m now unnaturally conscious of how there hanging.
 

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For what its worth -- I have *never* seen a pro rider's bike angle left or right... and I have seen a ton of pro bikes and even worked on some. And these guys spend *a lot* of time in the saddle.
 

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Andrea138 said:
...and everyone wonders what women think about on group rides...

I always thought they were thinking, am I gonna have pull for this guy all day long just so he can watch my a$$.
 

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Andrea138 said:
I've noticed that left handed men tend to tuck theirs in that direction.




...and everyone wonders what women think about on group rides...
Being a man, I have to admit that I've noticed every gear related item of fellow riders... from wheels and tires to frame and fork to speedo and bar tape... but never enuff to notice what was pointed where :rolleyes: however, I'm sometimes hard pressed to pass a slower moving female... :thumbsup:
 

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They should go to the left. To offset the mass of the drivetrain.

Or, you could change your quick-release levers to depleted uranium ones.
 

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Dressing Left

Nothing wrong with a little rotation in your saddle direction. Put some tape around your seatpost so you do not mess up the height and then start experimenting with what works best for you. This is also a good trick if doing a weeklong tour or if you have a saddle sore - a small rotation can make you feel like a new man (or woman).


Andrea138 said:
I've noticed that left handed men tend to tuck theirs in that direction...
Hmmmm, my wife is left handed. When she finishes with me she usually tucks it to the left. Guess I better make sure any girlfriends I meet are also left handed so my wife does not find notice. (Good thing my wife does not read these forums!)
 

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I just move then to one side or the other depending upon how they are hanging in the shorts already. Last week I rode with the saddle at a slight off center and I liked it though I moved it back to center.
 

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Im wondering, do women cyclists see a thread like this and just avoid it like the plague, or do they read it and just shake their heads. Its probably the ONLY thread in history that they cant contribute to.
 

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Im wondering, do women cyclists see a thread like this and just avoid it like the plague, or do they read it and just shake their heads. Its probably the ONLY thread in history that they cant contribute to.
ummm.... Andrea is, correct me if I am wrong,.... alll woman.
 

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I guess the misleading title generated the spicy banter.
I'm not trying to start a which way ya hangin guys poll.
I'm just trying to start a conversation about information I got, valid or not, at my bike fitting.

Sorry if you feel excluded gals.
 

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immerle said:
After whining and flogging the topic to death, I finally got a professional bike fitting. The process and outcome produced some surprises.

Cleats were good. I was a little surprised. Saddle height and for aft was right on the money. Big surprise. But the bars however, were too high. He ended up taking off the 17-degree stem and putting on a 7-degree stem, flipped it over, and took out spacers for a total 30cm change in bar height. Whoa. I never thought I could be comfortable with the bars way below the saddle, but voila.

I expressed concern that the boys might get crunched in my new riding position so he leveled the saddle and sent me on a ride around the neighborhood. I felt like I was sliding off and asked him to put it back to a little nose up, which he did. While making the final adjustment, he was standing over the rear wheel tightening the bolt and I was standing over the front holding the bike, when he said, you got it all going on. Huh? Your saddle isn’t straight. Looking at it, he was right. It was a centimeter or two to the left. Well I try to make it straight, I said. No, no, he said, you don’t want it straight. You want it a tick to the left or right depending on which way you hang, and he went into explanation of why. Yada, yada prostate… blah, blah something nerve…and it reduces pressure on soft tissues. Bingo! I’ve yet to take the newly fitted bike on a long ride, but I’m now unnaturally conscious of how there hanging.
Ride in the cold. The problem effectively disappears!
 

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immerle said:
While making the final adjustment, he was standing over the rear wheel tightening the bolt and I was standing over the front holding the bike, when he said, you got it all going on. Huh? Your saddle isn’t straight. Looking at it, he was right. It was a centimeter or two to the left. Well I try to make it straight, I said. No, no, he said, you don’t want it straight. You want it a tick to the left or right depending on which way you hang, and he went into explanation of why.
Hmm... sounds vaguely like the Friends episode where Joey finally finds out he's been serial-molested by his tailor all these years. :eek6:

("But that's how you measure pants!" he protests, at first. Ross replies, "Yeah... in prison!")


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Andrea138 said:
I've noticed that left handed men tend to tuck theirs in that direction.


...and everyone wonders what women think about on group rides...
Hmm... I keep forgetting that bike shorts leave nothing to the imagination. Thanks for shattering my illusion, Andrea. :lol:


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