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A Few Years Ago...

Monday, September 12, 2011

...if somebody would have told me that when I get back to cycling I would feel best sitting on one of those skinny little seats all bent over those drop down handlebars I would have called them a liar...!

But you know, it dawned on me while working out at a hotel tonight and sitting on a cushy recumbent seat, sitting up nice & straight...my butt was hurting! Couldn't help but smile over that! I remember first getting serious about looking for a good bike for myself thinking: No drop down handlebars for me! I want to sit up nice and straight...and LOSE that skinny seat! Gotta get me a big cushy thing!

And now? I'm all crouched over on my skinny seat, hands mostly in the drop position, just buzzing right along feeling right at home! I notice how much more efficient my pedaling feels when in the "drop" position.

To the uninitiated...as I once was...it seems counterintuitive, but a word to those looking to jump into the world of cycling, or to re-invent your approach to cycling: work with your local bike shop and their suggestions and be open to trying things that may not APPEAR to be what you might THINK you're looking for...you might be pleasantly surprised!

Keep it SPARKING everyone!

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    Thanks for the advice, I just can't get past the idea of the skinny seat. My old ten-speed seat used to kill my tush. Silly quesion, but how long does the dairyaire hurt before it becomes accustomed to the seat? Inquiry minds really want to know. That's my only drawback.
    2072 days ago
    I know what you mean! I really dislike the recumbent bike. I just cannot get as good a workout as the real thing. I find my padded cycling pants is all the "comfort" I need, but I prefer my real bike seat to be streamlined.
    2075 days ago
    Now that's my idea of "recycling" emoticon
    2077 days ago
    I can't even picture a skinny seat and drop down handlebars.....OMG.....but you're right. Every single person I see who rides all of the time chooses the very same equipment that you speak of, so there's gotta be something to it. Every morning on my way home from work, I see a dedicated cyclist pedaling to work looking like a finely honed machine, and I always say a quick prayer for him because frankly, people drive like freaking maniacs around here and I'm scared to death someone will hit him. But he always looks so relaxed and almost like he's part of that bike that he's riding, and I have often grinned to myself because it always reminds me of you! LOL Keep on kickin' it, sparky bud. Being one of those who has a hard time sticking with something for even two weeks at a time, your dedication and that of so many others here on sparks just literally amazes me.
    2077 days ago
  • TAMIK1964
    Great tips. I'm learning a few of those as I go too. Now I just smile when people look at my skinny seat and say ouch!!!
    2077 days ago
    I love the way new habits can just transform your life.
    2077 days ago
    Amazing what a difference getting fit makes in how we feel . . .

    I'm always stunned that my butt is bony enough now to notice if I sit for a longish period of time . . . lost pretty much all the cushiness, and don't miss it!
    2078 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great tips...
    who knew the skinny seat was so comfortable!!!
    not for me though..
    i tried spinning the seats too uncomfortable???!!!
    thanks for sharing......
    blessings and hugs............lita
    2078 days ago
    Something to look forward to in my next incarnation (in this life or the next)? We'll see how I make it upright-ish (I'm always trying to adjust into a "spinal slant!") on my skinny little seat through the fall classic this Saturday. I picked the 45-mile tour...will I stop at 28 miles? And Lycra shorts -- ni hablar!

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    2078 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/13/2011 9:26:41 AM
    Neck and back arthritis keeps me sitting upright but still look forward to riding my touring bike - finished 34 miles in Ride for Children Saturday.
    2078 days ago
    no clipps for me...lol.. And i've really been riding on the drops lately.. gotta say.. it's been a good change and i've been having less hand numbness.
    2078 days ago
  • BILL60
    The theory on Clip-ons is similar to biking on drops. It makes cycling that much more efficient. When you realize this you'll most likely say, "why did I wait this long??? Hang tough my friend.
    2078 days ago
  • BD3269PM
    Thanks for sharing the tip on skinny seats. I would never have thought that they would feel comfortable enough to use all the time. Live and learn. Keep on Sparking emoticon
    2078 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I'll admit those are pretty much my thoughts if I were ever to try biking . . . and certainly no clip-ins, I'd look really dorky falling over! Good thing running & swimming keep me plenty busy. Plus yoga, walkingthe dogs, ST . . .
    2078 days ago
    AND, ya know...I still resist using bicycle shorts as much as possible. We have another older fellow in our cycling club who NEVER wears cycling shorts! AND he's a long-distance cycling dude! I routinely don't bother for rides 20-25 miles and occasionally 30 miles.

    I'll grant that they are a necessity for distances over that...but who knows...maybe I'll follow in this fellow's footsteps! :-)

    My reason? Lycra and me in public is just a poor idea...so I wear shorts over my shorts...which makes it a hotter ride. PLUS if I ride to work it's one more thing for me to pack and one more step to add to the process of getting to work and READY for work.

    I like to keep things as simple as possible.

    2078 days ago

    2078 days ago
    As soon as I posted this I thought: Oh no! Now *SOMEBODY'S* going to ZING me about clipping-in...! :-)

    2078 days ago
    Hmm. And there seems to have been a time when someone I know swore he'd never wear the "dorky" padded lycra shorts, either... LOL


    Perhaps eventually you'll even try the clip-in shoes. You might be pleasantly surprised!
    2078 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2011 10:52:41 PM
    Isn't it great when you "discover" what works or doesn't work for you? Glad your skinny seat makes you comfy-and thanks for the tip!
    2078 days ago
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