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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
3/13/12 3:05 P

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Couple of things: Make sure you are not wearing underwear with the padded cycling shorts. Be sure to rinse out the shorts after every ride and rotate their use.

Are you tense on the bike because this is your first road bike? Lower and relax your shoulders. Some people unconsciously shrug their shoulders while riding.

CORE: if it is a weak core you will have issues with fitting but not impossible. But a strong CORE will do wonders in soreness elimination.

Saddle soreness .... again put some miles on your saddle. However be sure the saddle width is for your sit bone width. LBS can measure this and often times swap a saddle out.

You may be too far aggrssive at the beginning of the season. Hopefull the LBS did not cut too much off your steerer tube so that you have play to go up or down with the handle bars. Higher in the beginning of the season and lower as you get accostumed to riding.

Every time their is a change give it some riding numbers and miles. When I get tweaked, I like to go around 2-300 miles before I try something new (unless of course it is causing excruciating pain then sooner) My LBS likes when I come in because I can give him details as to want is occurring and when ( uphill, flats, rollers, descents etc). To this day i still tweak my fit on the new bike yet. A few things are occurring: my core strength is changing for the good I hope; strength training; weight loss. So if I have gained weight from last summer and I have soreness, I usually ride it out til I am at my previous weight and go from there.

Are you curling your toes inside your shoes? Another sign of tensing. You indicated you wanted to go clipless? I am assuming you are using a toe clip pedal then? Are you using tennis shoes to ride? if you are that will affect overall fit as well. Get some shoes that are very stiff so there is hardly any flex to them.

Good Luck

There has been a lot of info. thown your way to digest.

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TAHOEKARIN's Photo TAHOEKARIN Posts: 981
3/13/12 11:02 A

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My first road ride I felt like my face was on the wheel the whole time. Probably the distance you went was enough to make you hurt but don't be shy about taking it back. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries. Especially seat related issues.

I am not sure why you want aero bars, maybe later. Steering with them is difficult and the only reason I'm cautious about it is because I have seen alot of people wipe out with them because they needed to steer (aka car pulls out in front of them or something in the road) and they weren't able to do it.

And always always always check your seat height. Funny story, I got my bike tuned up a few years ago, and I rode it once or twice and it was the start of the season. I felt like I had no lungs, no legs. Ugh. Going up hill? Nightmare. Rode a race, came in dead last. Had issues on the trail but I just couldn't get up to speed. I finally thought for a minute, hey, this pedal stroke feels off. Sure enough, my seat was lowered. Great. So sometimes it's the dumb (but free!) stuff!

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JEN-HAIR-RUN's Photo JEN-HAIR-RUN Posts: 165
3/12/12 4:45 P

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Thanks everyone for the input! You all have given me a lot to think about.

I did get fitted when I bought the bike at my LBS, and since I have never ridden a road bike before, I trusted that the guy who fitted me put me in the right position. I have nothing to compare it to! When I bought the bike, I asked about eventually getting clip-on aero bars, and he told me that he could put me in an aggressive enough position that I wouldn't need aero bars. I wonder if the position is too aggressive for me since I am just starting out?

I do suspect, though, that a lot of it is from not being use to riding a road bike. I think I will try to give it a couple more weeks and see if it gets better. If not, I will head back to my LBS and see what needs to be adjusted. I think that I tried to go for too long of a ride the first time out (I was excited!) and I was very tense and nervous about the new positioning, so I am sure that is a big part of my problem.

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3/12/12 3:40 P

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Carry a set of wrenches with you and tweak the position of your seat. When I first got my seat, it took me 3-4 rides to get the placement where it felt the best. Small adjustments are best.

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3/12/12 3:31 P

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Definitely go for the fitting. The tough butt generally comes with time more than anything else. I swapped the standard seat that came with my Specialized for a Terry Falcon seat as someone in my bike club had a bunch of spare seats to try and I thought the cutaway slot down the middle might help:

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And my butt fared better afterward, however I'm not so sure I'd chalk it up to the seat as much as just having put in enough time on the saddle. The shape of the two seats were very similar other than the cutaway.

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3/12/12 2:04 P

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I agree with the others about being fitted. I was fitted in the store, too. After a few rides, I just couldn't find a comfortable position. A fellow rider advised me to raise the seat and scoot it back just a hair. It was amazing the difference this made for my comfort level.

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3/12/12 1:18 P

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Take it back and tell them what issues you have. Bring your shoes and wear your outfit that you wore riding.

Keep mindful of your chin and try to not jut it forward. Imagine a rubber band trying to keep it in a neutral plane. It's almost impossible to keep it that way but try to keep it somewhere between jutted out and neutral.

Helmet- interesting enough, some helmets cause me neck pain as they are heavier and distribute the weight in weird places. Take it with you as well. Is it a road helmet or ? I use a multisport helmet mountain biking and I actually prefer it over a cycling helmet. I sometimes wear it on the road but it gets too hot in the summer.

I have a Terry Butterfly saddle which I swear by. Mid season I can ride without a chamois as my muscles are 'in shape' (probably not the correct word but it works for me). Don't be surprised if your butt hurts even after spinning all winter as most times your butt is off the saddle before it has a chance to hurt lol so naturally back in the saddle 100% of the ride is going to be a little bothersome. Pain down there can also be due to overstretched hamstrings so not sure if you stretch alot. Weird huh?

Are you trying to ride all the way down in the drops (lowest possible position on a road bike) or are you riding with your hands on the brake hoods or on the top? Start out on the top and the hoods...

I started riding on my road bike with only a few miles at a time. Maybe next time do 5 or so.

Be persistent with the bike shop to get it fitted right. Nothing is worse on your body than a bike that doesn't fit. They might have to lenthen or shorten your stem or maybe push your seat forward or back but get in there and get it right.

Happy riding!!!!!

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3/12/12 1:13 P

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It would certainly be a good idea to have your basic position checked to see if your bike fits and is adjusted correctly for you. Professional fittings are largely a sales tool to get cyclists to buy from specific bike shops. An experienced and knowledgeable cyclist riding with you for a while will give you more reliable advice on bike fit. Going from a hybrid to a road bike probably means a much different position on your bike. The more upright the position on the bike the more you rely on your quadriceps (the large powerful muscles on the front of your thighs). The lower the position the more the work is shifted to the gluts (muscles in your behind) and hamstrings (the muscles on the back of your legs). You will also have to support more of your weight with your arms which can cause a lot of stress (a possible cause of your achy neck). You will also sit on a different part of your anatomy.
Many road bikes are adjusted like competitive racers would, a very low and stretched out position. This is something riders usually need to work toward instead of adopting right away. One of the questions I ask cyclists is how much they use the drops of their bars. If they never or only rarely use the drops their handlebars are probably too low. The way I see it cyclists should use the 3 areas of the bars (tops, brake lever hoods and drops) roughly equally. As their form improves they will be comfortable with a lower position.
Women usually have much more difficulty getting comfortable on the bike. Even a highly competent fitting will only get you in the ballpark; you will have to fine tune your position largely by trial and error but having a good starting point makes the task easier.
My recommendation would be to work on your flexibility and core strength and give yourself time to adapt to your new bike. When everything is right your bike should "disappear beneath you." You should feel so one with your bike that it feels like an extension of your body rather than something you are riding. It takes a lot of tweeking and many miles to reach this goal.


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3/12/12 12:06 P

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You are going to have that sore hinder issue for a few sessions.

Maybe your sore hinder is causing you to push back. This will show up in the shoulders and neck. Position? Did you get fitted?

Saddle must fit sits bones. Get measured.

Spinning, although a good aerobic will hurt your cycling form unless you are really dialed in.

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There are much more knowledgeable people on this team who will reply I'm sure, but until they do...

I have a similar story, rode a hybrid for a long time before switching to a road bike. I did have some neck pain when I started using the road bike, but a fitting fixed it. If you've been fitted properly, I'm not sure what the issue is. As for the saddle issue, even with my cycling shorts I recall it taking several rides to get used to the much narrower saddle that the road bike has compared to the hybrid. Give it time. Best of luck to you.

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3/12/12 8:48 A

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Hey everyone!

A little background- did my first triathlon last year (sprint distance) on a hybrid. Have been riding that for a little under a year and finally upgraded to a road bike last week. (I fell in love with triathlons!) So I have been riding and taking spin classes regularly since last June. I am currently training for a half-Ironman in June and have done a couple of more sprint tri's a long the way.

Took the new bike out for the first time yesterday and did a pretty easy 18 miles just trying to get use to the new positioning, gearing etc. Within 10 minutes of riding, I noticed some neck/shoulder pain, that stayed with me the whole ride. This morning, my neck is very stiff in sore. Do you think this is a fit issue, or do I just need to get use to riding with drop bars vs. the straight bars that were on my hybrid? I did get my bike professionally fitted after I bought it.

Also, I have some INTENSE saddle soreness from the ride yesterday. I have 2 pairs of bike shorts that I have been using for rides and spin class that have never failed me, but it felt like I rode with nothing yesterday! Again, is this just something I have to get use to riding in my new position or is there something else I could wear/use to help with that?

Thanks for any advice or help you can give! I want to love my new bike, but my body isn't loving it so much right now!

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