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Old 11-16-16, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
I'll try bumping my seat down half a CM...see if that helps. I'd really rather not do clipless if I don't have to.
Before you stab in the dark... Can you reach your pedals with your heel while seated?
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Just barely without tilting my hips
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Old 11-16-16, 12:11 PM
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You should be able to easily reach the pedal with your heal and your leg straight. At least that is this amateurs go to advice when setting up a bike
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Old 11-16-16, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
Now you're making me paranoid.

Sometimes what you think is paranoia is really a heightened state of awareness.
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Old 11-16-16, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
You should be able to easily reach the pedal with your heal and your leg straight. At least that is this amateurs go to advice when setting up a bike
a half CM lower should make that easy...I've gotta stretch to get it without tilting hips.
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Old 11-16-16, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by 69chevy View Post
Before you stab in the dark... Can you reach your pedals with your heel while seated?
That will put the seat too low, I think. Measure your inseam from the floor to your riding shorts in socks. Then take 83% of that. That's what I started with and pretty much still use for my saddle height. I also still use the KOPS for saddle fore and aft position. So I'd recommend that Abe try that even though he doesn't use toeclip/clipless pedals.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
Haha, I was being facetious with the doctor thing You roadies have no sense of humor! I was specifically looking for a bikers perspective on this leg issue. Probably more helpful than a paid doctors visit anyway.


P.S. How much R.A.M. should I have?

Sorry, couldnt resist lol

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Old 11-16-16, 01:23 PM
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You are getting older. Me, too.
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Originally Posted by modelmartin View Post
You are getting older. Me, too.
That was my original diagnosis as well
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Old 11-16-16, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
That will put the seat too low, I think. Measure your inseam from the floor to your riding shorts in socks. Then take 83% of that. That's what I started with and pretty much still use for my saddle height. I also still use the KOPS for saddle fore and aft position. So I'd recommend that Abe try that even though he doesn't use toeclip/clipless pedals.
Your method doesn't account for the length of the crank arm.


It's pretty common industry knowledge that you should be able to touch your pedal with your heel at the bottom of the pedal stroke.


If you can't you will be pedaling with your toes down, which can cause back-of-the-knee pain and can overstrain your calf muscles.


I only mentioned this because I have dealt with it myself.
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Dropped saddle just a few mm...half centimeter or less. We'll see if it helps.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
Now you're making me paranoid.
Remember, just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
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