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05-25-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 832
Posted By pakossa

Mt Mitchell route options?

Thinking on doing several days of riding on/near BRP this year. Not looking at doing the "Assault" route, per se, but wondering if there is somewhere near the valley floor where I can safely park...
05-18-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 732
Posted By pakossa

Your saddle position may be the problem. I...

Your saddle position may be the problem. I recently found out that I can get my bar about 5 cm lower and further away than I had it, but only if my saddle height and fore/aft is EXACT. Just being...
05-06-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,680
Posted By pakossa

HUH?!?!?! Measuring my bikes, I'd need about a...

HUH?!?!?! Measuring my bikes, I'd need about a 250mm stem on my MTB to do that! (And with my extremely short torso, my reach isn't very long.) There's about a 15cm difference between MTB grips and...
04-29-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,824
Posted By pakossa

After trying 120+ saddles, I'm convinced such a...

After trying 120+ saddles, I'm convinced such a thing does not exist . . .
04-22-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By pakossa

Silca pump problems . . .

While the Silca pump I just got looks nice, and appears to be well made, I have never, in my 25 year "cycling carrier" have had so much freaking trouble trying to put air in my tires!!! (Well,...
03-25-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,326
Posted By pakossa

I had the same upper back aches when I...

I had the same upper back aches when I experimented with a longer reach. If the reach is too long and/or the bar is too low for you, your body will subconsciously react by getting as close as it can...
03-18-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,494
Posted By pakossa

You just have to find what works for YOU. For me...

You just have to find what works for YOU. For me its "lower (more than 5cm bar drop) is way SLOWER (and a bit less comfortable)." I think the rearward saddle is more for increased reach ("stretched...
03-16-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,329
Posted By pakossa

Altimeter cyclecomp/GPS?

A while back I had a few watches that had an altimeter in them. Not 100% accurate, of course, but gave me a good idea of the climbing I did. One of them lasted less than 2 months, so I'm not...
03-16-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,494
Posted By pakossa

Basically, yes. But its more that you are taking...

Basically, yes. But its more that you are taking weight off your hands, rather than "putting more weight on the seat." But its probably more complicated than that, depending on your exact posture,...
03-09-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 7,155
Posted By pakossa

Didn't have time to go through all the posts, and...

Didn't have time to go through all the posts, and not sure this is totally on-topic, but: Haven't used a HRM for quite a while, but when I did, my HR almost always "drifted" DOWNWARD as a ride...
02-23-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,824
Posted By pakossa

If you had pain and numbness in your hands/arm,...

If you had pain and numbness in your hands/arm, it sounds a lot more like the problem was/is the saddle being too far forward. (In the photo, it appears the tip of saddle is only 2-3cm behind BB. ...
02-12-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,824
Posted By pakossa

Then what exactly is?

Then what exactly is?
02-07-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,824
Posted By pakossa

Why do I keep changing my bike fit?

I realize there may not be a true "answer" to this, but since I'm not exactly the brightest tool in the refrigerator, it may just be that there is something obvious that I'm overlooking. I have this...
01-05-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,830
Posted By pakossa

If saddle height is correct, then the important...

If saddle height is correct, then the important thing is the LENGTH (top tube) of the frame. This will vary due to preference, flexibility, body proportions, etc. (For instance, if you have a short...
12-29-18, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,297
Posted By pakossa

If your just returning, try a do-it-yourself fit....

If your just returning, try a do-it-yourself fit. Start by getting yourself "knee-over-pedal" for saddle fore/aft, and "heel-on-pedal" for height. After a warm up, try pedaling with the saddle 5mm...
09-17-18, 05:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 938
Posted By pakossa

As I mentioned, I have tried over 100 saddles. ...

As I mentioned, I have tried over 100 saddles. It's gotten to the point where I CAN judge by looking at -- and feeling -- a saddle, whether or not I have some chance of liking it. (And I now know...
09-17-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 938
Posted By pakossa

It wasn't just the price -- didn't see that right...

It wasn't just the price -- didn't see that right away -- it's that . . . I started hurting just LOOKING at that freaking thing!!!
09-17-18, 04:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 938
Posted By pakossa

Thanks . . . but no thanks!

Thanks . . . but no thanks!
09-15-18, 07:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 938
Posted By pakossa

Saddle suggestions??

Been riding for about 25 years now (6,000+ miles/yr) and have tried over 100 saddles, but have yet to find "Mrs. Right" (haha). By now, I know what I need, but can't quite find it. (If the...
09-08-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By pakossa

32C tire recommendations?

During the off-season, I put on heavier-duty 32c tires on my road bike. Past 5 years I've been using Vittoria Voyagers, which I see aren't made anymore. Seems their most similar tire is the...
08-25-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Posted By pakossa

If most changes last you a couple months,...

If most changes last you a couple months, consider yourself VERY lucky! As the years go by, it just gets worse with me. Now, I'm luck if a change I make lasts a couple of RIDES!!! My record is...
08-11-18, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 384
Posted By pakossa

I simply write down my changes in my cycling log....

I simply write down my changes in my cycling log. (It's gotten to the point that I'm changing my fit pretty much every ride now.) This can help in that it shows, for example, if after a change was...
06-09-18, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,126
Posted By pakossa

Sitting on the front of the saddle could mean...

Sitting on the front of the saddle could mean it's too high. (As you slide forward, you are, in effect, reducing saddle height.) See if lowering the saddle 5 or 10 mm makes a difference in where...
05-14-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By pakossa

But wouldn't the shorter reach result in the back...

But wouldn't the shorter reach result in the back becoming more rounded -- which most claim is a big no-no? (My reach is already pretty short due to my ridiculously short torso.)
05-10-18, 09:17 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By pakossa

Just because a big drop works for some -- tall or...

Just because a big drop works for some -- tall or short -- doesn't mean it works for everyone (comfort or efficiency-wise). I'm 6'1". If I lower my bar from 4cm below saddle to 4.5cm, my power...
04-28-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By pakossa

If you mean that your torso is a lot shorter than...

If you mean that your torso is a lot shorter than normal compared to your legs, than you may need a frame 2 - 3 cm smaller than your height might suggest. (So, a 58 may work, but you'd probably need...
04-07-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By pakossa

Be sure to get aerobars in which you can adjust...

Be sure to get aerobars in which you can adjust the length/position of the bars (and, preferably the pads, too). Clip-ons may put you in too long of a reach. When on my aerobars, my position is...
03-31-18, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,086
Posted By pakossa

I think the moral of the story here is that...

I think the moral of the story here is that everyone is different, you need to find what works best for YOU, in terms of both comfort and power. My fastest and most comfortable posture puts me about...
03-12-18, 05:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,806
Posted By pakossa

ANYTHING wrong with bike fit can cause a sore low...

ANYTHING wrong with bike fit can cause a sore low back: saddle OR handlebar being too high, low, forward, or rearward (or any combination). Of course, figuring out which it is can be very time...
03-10-18, 09:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,806
Posted By pakossa

I thought when you moved the saddle rearward,...

I thought when you moved the saddle rearward, you'd have to LOWER it a bit. Doesn't moving it back, in effect, increase the saddle height? (I.e., if you measure to the rear of the saddle -- from BB...
02-24-18, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
Posted By pakossa

I'm sure I've "experimented" with my fit more...

I'm sure I've "experimented" with my fit more than 99% of cyclists out there. I have my bar 4cm lower than the saddle, because if I lower it just 5-10mm more, my power output drops upwards of 25%. ...
01-13-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,847
Posted By pakossa

Bike fits of the pros . . .

OK, since its the "indoor" cycling season for some of us, let me see if I can get something a bit different going here. Any comments/insights on the bike fits/positions of some of the pros? ...
10-21-17, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By pakossa

Have about 25 - 30 psi in Kenda SmallBlock 8...

Have about 25 - 30 psi in Kenda SmallBlock 8 tires. (Have thorn-resistant tubes, but it also happened with normal tubes.) And I do have that valve nut on, but that doesn't help.
10-21-17, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By pakossa

How can I keep the tire valve straight?

After a few rides, the tire valve on my front MTB 29r tire ends up crooked. This ONLY happens on that wheel -- not the rear, nor on any of my road bike wheels. (I use the same tire pressure front...
10-16-17, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 961
Posted By pakossa

Cleats are already all the way rearward. ...

Cleats are already all the way rearward.

And, yes, the insoles were put in the new shoes by the fitter (who claimed that's how tight the shoes are supposed to be. If that's the case, I'll have to...
10-14-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 961
Posted By pakossa

Thanks for the info. As an update, I noticed I...

Thanks for the info. As an update, I noticed I was pedaling somewhat bowlegged with the arch supports. Checking on my indoor trainer, I found that each knee was 6 - 8 cm farther away from the top...
10-07-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,476
Posted By pakossa

Hey, know if I can get a seatpost like that...

Hey, know if I can get a seatpost like that anywhere?!?! With an inseam of 92cm/36+in., I need the saddle pretty far rearward. And I'm always messing around with my fit . . . that quick-release on...
10-04-17, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 961
Posted By pakossa

Foot pain related to fit?

Recently had a "Trek Precision" fitting done. Only significant change he made to the fit was moving the saddle forward about 15 mm (as well as up 5 mm). He said the main problem was the shoes I had...
08-26-17, 08:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,857
Posted By pakossa

Are you sure the saddle HEIGHT is the same? For...

Are you sure the saddle HEIGHT is the same? For me, the fore/aft or saddle height being off by just 5 mm -- especially too high and/or far forward -- can cause that kind of a drop in speed/power.
06-24-17, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,223
Posted By pakossa

I've had 2 GURU fittings, neither of which I...

I've had 2 GURU fittings, neither of which I found to be comfortable or efficient. As they say, it's the fitter, not the equipment. The fitters I had didn't take body measurements, check...
06-24-17, 08:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,018
Posted By pakossa

Knee appears to be quite a bit behind KOP, but...

Knee appears to be quite a bit behind KOP, but that's because your heel is dropped down. (It's supposed to be done with a level foot, I believe.) If level, probably would be about KOP. Leg...
05-13-17, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By pakossa

If you need to shorten the "reach" (distance)...

If you need to shorten the "reach" (distance) from the saddle to the bar, you DO NOT push the saddle forward . . . you put on a shorter stem. If it's still too long of a reach with a really short...
05-06-17, 08:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By pakossa

Bear in mind that getting too low can result in a...

Bear in mind that getting too low can result in a loss in power, causing you to ride SLOWER, so you need to be careful with your setup. Also, keeping your arms locked out creates a lot more drag...
05-06-17, 08:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 867
Posted By pakossa

Based on you measurements, the 58.5 frame is...

Based on you measurements, the 58.5 frame is likely closer. Generally, it's much easier to get a size-too-small frame to fit than a size bigger, but it depends on body proportions, flexibility, etc....
02-25-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 935
Posted By pakossa

Is there a leg length discrepancy? A leg flaring...

Is there a leg length discrepancy? A leg flaring out could mean the saddle is too low. If it's only with one leg, it may be "too low" for that leg only (meaning the other leg is shorter).
02-11-17, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,483
Posted By pakossa

For saddle comfort, I think it's more important...

For saddle comfort, I think it's more important to look at the flex in the saddle shell rather than the amount of padding. (A saddle with quite a bit of flex, but minimal padding will usually be...
02-11-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,780
Posted By pakossa

Short stems will affect handling. If possible,...

Short stems will affect handling. If possible, you may want to try more of an "endurance" type frame, which usually have a shorter top tube.
02-11-17, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,861
Posted By pakossa

Well, I've tried 70 - 75 saddles over nearly 25...

Well, I've tried 70 - 75 saddles over nearly 25 years of riding. Just switched -- yet again! -- to a fabric. For me, it seems a new saddle feels much better than the last one, but after "getting...
01-14-17, 07:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,509
Posted By pakossa

Note that your upper arms do not make a 90 angle...

Note that your upper arms do not make a 90 angle with your torso. (SNIP)

Yes, but isn't that 90-degree rule when your arms are in the normal riding position (slightly bent), rather than with the...
12-09-16, 07:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,509
Posted By pakossa

Once you have that set, put your hands on the...

Once you have that set, put your hands on the hoods and with your back straight, bend your elbows until your forearms are horizontal. Your elbows should be a little in front of your knees at 3...
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