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6/12/14 2:54 P

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Thank goodness for Local Bike Shops (LBS) who offer fitting services...WAY worthwhile!

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6/9/14 10:55 A

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Some guy cycled past me the other day, and he was just peddling for all he was worth. It feels good to pass up slower cyclists sometimes, but I had to chuckle (sorry, but I did), because the saddle on his bicycle was waaay too high, and his behind was moving from side to side. I knew that when he got off that bike, he was going to feel pain, heat, and...well...dread...about having to get on that bike and cycle back home again.

I cannot OVERstate the importance of being professionally fitted to one's bicycle. I recommend talking to the folks in your local bike shop for more information...don't just guess at saddle height. Cycling should be fun and rewarding, and an ill-placed saddle can be a game changer.

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6/9/14 3:03 A

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Yeah, seat height makes a BIG difference to how your legs feel. I think it is because your with the wrong height, leg muscles don't get the chance to fully extend and relax for part of each pedal stroke. Most people have their seats too low.

And once you have got the height right, it is worth playing around with the seat angle and also forward/rear travel. Both of these are micro-adjustments - a little will make a big difference, and it is easy to adjust things too far in the other direction. Take a look under the saddle - there will often be distance and angle markers by the seat rails.

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6/8/14 9:53 P

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I raised mine 3 or 4 inches, lol!

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6/8/14 9:01 P

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It's amazing how adjusting the seat can make our bodies feel better emoticon
I also found lowering the saddle/Seat helped my knees
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6/8/14 8:45 P

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I think I finally have my seat adjusted correctly....it must be, because my knees don't hurt but my shenanigans are numb!
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