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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
No, I haven't.
I felt the same way, as you on the Retul, about my "professional" fit from one of the local shops. I've gotten my setup pretty close, but, feel I'm too short in the TT/reach dimension. Also, I wear out one side of my chamois before the other, so I'm "off" somewhere. I figured the Retul would highlight the issue.
Check cleat placement first.
Then have someone measure leg lengths
THEN go pay big $$ for a fit session
Cleats are evenly positioned.
It's possible I'm wonky there. But, I've been measured by an orthopedic surgeon, during my knee issue diagnosis. He didn't mention anything about lengths being off.
I figured the tracking component of Retul would find the issue in a hurry.
You can watch your knees. If they're moving in figure-8s, then seat position is off. Scooting backwards on the seat? Chances are the seat's too low. Riding on the nose? Seat's too high.
If you're wearing out one side of the shorts and not the other, see a chiropractor to see if your hips are level.
If only one leg is figure-8ing, then you've got a leg length discrepancy (or something else like foot length discrepancy) that makes it so that your fit's a compromise.
Some good tips.
Seat height I'm positive on. But, my skeletal characteristics I'm not.
I felt the same way on my TT bike, but strangely the Retul testing failed to identify the problem. Eventually I swapped the 90mm stem for a 120mm, and that cured it. I'm still amazed that something that obvious would have been missed by the fitter, who Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top 5 fitters in the country. :huh
What I did was setup my seat to aerobar length the same as my TT bike. But, the BB is farther back on the TT frame (longer reach). What I feel like is I'm scrunched on the Tricross. I'm thinking a longer toptube, set forward saddle, then mess with stem lengths. Knowing your result makes me think I really need to find a good fitter, without relying on some gizmo. Of course, a good fitter with a gizmo would probably be the best bet. I just want to get my current frame ironed out before buying another bike, which will hopefully be my last bike.
Last bike? No such thing.
Found a video of you:
Road to work with the "winter setup" today. Lightly studded tire on the front (hey, it froze last night!) and the rear tire aired down to 60psi. Between the tires and the temp around 31F, it was definitely a slog. Feels really dumb to be riding the studded tire on dry pavement but the studs are carbide so I guess it's okay.
I got these new ski gloves for cheap at Costco, and they are so warm! My biggest problem last year was keeping my hands warm and I'll have no such problem with these. Unfortunately, they aren't very grippy so I can't get the right feel with road bike brake levers. So, that means I have to ride the hybrid when it's really cold. And that means riding with that studded tire It's okay, I guess I needed the exercise.
You're riding, which is more than most of us are doing.
I think I'll ride today. It should only be about 92F.
Honestly, I'm liking having the excuse to ride unapologetically slow
Atleast you broke into the 90's
86 here so i always take a jacket
Gave up on the studded tire already. It wasn't the most unpleasant riding experience but it was quite a slog coming home yesterday. One of the bigger problems with it is that I am afraid to test the cornering on dry pavement, you really notice how much "energy"/"efficiency" you lose when you slow down for every corner!
If conditions had called for it I would have left it on there, but the forecast is cold and dry for the next week or so. Just couldn't stand the thought of leaving it on there in dry conditions. It was bad enough that I did a tire change in my 34F garage before riding to work this morning I tell you what though, my hybrid felt like a fucking rocket with both tires pumped up to 80 psi this morning
If it's a carbide stud, you shouldn't have to worry about wearing it down, but yeah, it can be a little squirrely in the corners.
I like running two studded tires. It's like a 4x4 tractor. Slow, but you can go anywhere. And yes, you are STRONG and got mad skills by spring. Urban winter riding is a lot like mountain biking, IMO.
I'll be putting mine on probably sometime in the next month.
I'm already thinking to get the rear tire. The dude who owns the bike shop doesn't own a car and says he only ever uses a front, but with the hills I have to climb around here I think the rear studs would come in handy pretty often if it did get slick.
Still not sure what my cut-off point for riding will be this year. The cold really isn't bothering me (except the top of my head, which I really should not have shaved)
Front is minimum. Keeps you upright.
Rear gives you power when the going gets tough. I usually get passed by old ladies in the summer, so I don't mind going slow.
As far as tire width goes, that's a debate. Super fat for flotation or super skinny to cut down to the hard stuff? I like a narrow tire so the studs can bite into the hard pack and ice. I ride a 35mm block tread Nokian A10. It's a little smoother than the knobbie ones when the roads are clear.
That said, I'm going to borrow a friends spare Pugsley a bit this winter.