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04-10-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By pakossa

Are you sure the saddle and bar positions are the...

Are you sure the saddle and bar positions are the same as on your old bike? (If the new bike has a different saddle, the same height and setback probably won't work, so that may be part of the...
03-06-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,240
Posted By pakossa

One possibility is that your saddle is too LOW. ...

One possibility is that your saddle is too LOW. Sliding back could be your body's way of getting the increased leg extension it wants. Try raising it 5 - 10 mm, see what happens.
01-23-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,810
Posted By pakossa

I've read that the 90 rule is between the hip,...

I've read that the 90 rule is between the hip, shoulder, and wrist joints -- e.g., where they put those dots on the video capture fits -- NOT the torso to upper arm angle. Meaning, if you have the...
12-12-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,540
Posted By pakossa

For me, a 5mm difference in saddle height or...

For me, a 5mm difference in saddle height or fore/aft can literally cut my speed in half -- or double it -- going up a 12% grade. (But everyone is different, so my body may just be "hyper-sensitive"...
11-11-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By pakossa

When I'm pulling the tire on, it just keeps...

When I'm pulling the tire on, it just keeps sliding around, usually getting hung up along the rim wall. Any tricks to get it to stay in the center?
11-11-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By pakossa

Interesting. Maybe I will try that. Thing is,...

Interesting. Maybe I will try that. Thing is, that doesn't do me any good when I get a flat 30 miles from home . . .
11-11-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By pakossa

How can it possibly be the tires, if, as I said,...

How can it possibly be the tires, if, as I said, the tires that were nearly impossible to mount on the UTS rims went on the non-UTS ones within seconds with just my fingers?! It's obviously the rim.
11-11-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By pakossa

Any clincher-friendly rims available?

Recently had a wheel-set built up with Mavic Open Pro UTS rim. Even though I haven't use them yet -- they're for a frame I'm waiting to get repaired -- I'm already seriously considering finding...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-04-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By pakossa

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-04-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By pakossa

How common is it for a TI frame to break?

Granted, I have little luck with cycling stuff. I poked a hole through a steel seat tube trying to get a post unstuck (my fault, of course). Then there was the 1-year old aluminum frame, in which...
05-30-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 904
Posted By pakossa

Just depends on your body. If my bar drop is...

Just depends on your body. If my bar drop is anymore than 7cm -- and I mean by just 5-10mm -- my power output suddenly drops 20% - 30%. But, everyone is different. (If it's only a 13mm difference,...
03-07-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By pakossa

Perhaps there's a difference in the thickness of...

Perhaps there's a difference in the thickness of the sole? (If the new shoe has a thicker sole, the saddle may now be a bit too low.) Or, perhaps a difference in the arch support (or lack thereof)?...
02-15-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,092
Posted By pakossa

Yes, others -- like me -- are just like you. ...

Yes, others -- like me -- are just like you. Adjusting the saddle -- fore/aft or height -- by just 5mm results in me losing so much power, that it can literally drop my speed IN HALF while going up...
02-08-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 836
Posted By pakossa

I'm ABSOLUTELY certain its not the air coming out...

I'm ABSOLUTELY certain its not the air coming out of the hose, because the tire is almost FLAT after that (about 20 psi left in it).
02-08-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 836
Posted By pakossa

Trouble with Silca Hiro chuck . . .

Never was crazy about the chuck that came on the Silca pump I got a while back (losing air while putting it on and off, chuck blowing off, etc.). Recently found out about the Hiro chuck, figured...
01-11-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By pakossa

A saddle that's too far forward could cause knee...

A saddle that's too far forward could cause knee pain. A smaller frame often has a steeper seat tube angle, and since your legs are so long, you'll likely need a fairly large setback. (I have about...
12-06-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By pakossa

Doesn't matter if it's the exact same geometry. ...

Doesn't matter if it's the exact same geometry. As long as it's close enough to get saddle height & fore/aft, and bar drop/reach to match that of your Allez.
10-12-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 894
Posted By pakossa

It seems different cyclist have VERY different...

It seems different cyclist have VERY different definitions of "comfortable," especially in terms of bike fit and saddles.
10-12-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,750
Posted By pakossa

Many cyclist seem to have a phobia about padding...

Many cyclist seem to have a phobia about padding on a saddle, as well as one with some flex to it. Of course a ton of padding is no good, either, but like everything else in life, its about finding...
10-05-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,238
Posted By pakossa

I just received -- but haven't yet tried -- and...

I just received -- but haven't yet tried -- and ADJUSTABLE saddle (https://bisaddle.com/). You can adjust not only the width -- front AND back -- but the "roundness" (viewed from the rear) as well. ...
09-21-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,545
Posted By pakossa

I simply measure form BB to center of saddle. I...

I simply measure form BB to center of saddle. I would think finding EXACTLY where your sit bones are would be rather tricky. (I think measuring to the widest point would be better than that.) In...
08-17-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,370
Posted By pakossa

Most likely the left leg is longer, causing it to...

Most likely the left leg is longer, causing it to flair out more. Perhaps a shim/spacer in the right shoe, with a slightly higher saddle would get you a little more symmetrical.
08-17-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,987
Posted By pakossa

Ideally, you want someone who knows more than...

Ideally, you want someone who knows more than just bike fit theories. He/she should have some kind of physical therapy, or similar background. Reason being, he/she will know when (and how) to...
07-06-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,129
Posted By pakossa

Probably cause the saddle is too far forward. ...

Probably cause the saddle is too far forward. (The rail placement on Brooks saddles puts it much further forward than most others. You may need a post with a lot of setback.)
Forum: Touring
05-25-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 969
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: 2,191
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: 3,330
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: 9,499
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: 2,106
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: 2,938
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: 2,867
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: 1,835
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: 2,867
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: 11,875
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: 9,499
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: 9,499
Posted By pakossa

Then what exactly is?

Then what exactly is?
02-07-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,499
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: 2,518
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: 1,669
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: 1,489
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: 1,489
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: 1,489
Posted By pakossa

Thanks . . . but no thanks!

Thanks . . . but no thanks!
09-15-18, 07:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,489
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: 421
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: 1,224
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: 6
Views: 1,305
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: 5,434
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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Views: 2,331
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
63
Views: 2,331
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
63
Views: 2,331
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...
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