We won't be trading bikes anytime soon, Brenda. I am 6'1” My bike is a 60 cm with a 120 mm stem.
Lately, I've been playing with the stem. First I flipped it over – it's angled at 7° so that dropped the bar 3 cm – bike felt a little better – balance and agility were enhanced.
This past Sunday, I moved a spacer on the steering post up above the stem. That dropped the bar another cm. Bike felt really good – climbing and power down the straights seemed to flow endlessly.
A little is good – more is better, right?? Down another cm today – went for a ride – didn't quite feel right at first – thought maybe I just need to get used to it – 40 km later – shoulders were a little sore, neck getting a bit of a kink, rythmn seemed to be off. Well, 40 km to go – thought I would leave it for the rest of the ride and then decide at home. Climbed a hill – didn't feel right at all – thought 'why am i putting up with this – it hurts and this ain't ever going to work.' Got out the 5mm allen key and 5 minutes later the bar was back up to Sunday's setting. Rode down the hill and back up again to see.
Bike felt great!! Handling, agility, power, climbing, rythmn, comfort were right on. The funny thing is I never would have known how right it was before if I hadn't tried it.
Rest of the ride home went great and was 77 times more fun than the first half of the ride.
Just goes to show ya that ya gotta tinker a little to get it right, but when you do, it's worth it!!
my stem is as short as it can go.i also got small handle bars and moved my brakes up.
my LBS (local bike shop) showed me a smaller frame bike with smaller wheels, but i dont want a smaller bike, it will make me look fat.
i am little over 5'1" . i could use a women's specific frame. right now the turned around seat post is working out, so far so good.
thanks for your suggestions. i have had the bike 3 years. We did the handle bar adjusting first, the stem was already short as the previous owner was close to my height. it was not that long ago that we turned the seat post around i would guess about 4 or 6 weeks. i still cant get over how much better it feels. my boyfriend is also leary of the foward seatpost for me, i sent him a link yesterday. he thinks that may put me too far foward, my frame is small already, and its $70 for the profile design model.
Nice bike, Brenda. I see why you want to keep it a while. Looked at one of your pictures - it looks like a smallish frame, so I assume you might be a bit on the short side. That always makes proper fitting around those 700c wheels more difficult.
Good that you are listening to your body for little aches and such (we tend to do that more as we get older, don't we - hehe). A couple of years ago I discovered that moving my seat up just 3 mm made my knees much happier.
I got another suggestion (moving the seat forward still makes me nervous about the knees). Have you thought about a shorter stem? This would have the advantage of moving the handlebars back without affecting the hip/knee adjustment. As well most stems are less expensive than that seat post.
i realize this. but..i bought the bike lightly used, its higher end titanium frame, with nice components. to replace it would cost up between 2500-3000 dollar range. I have been changeing things out to improve the fit. i was sitting on the front part of my seat for the past 2 years and not very comfortble on longer rides. i was getting to the point that i was considering a new bike, but then turning the seat post made a huge differnce, that now i'm in a better position. i havent had any knee problems or new aches anywhere, most of my rides are around 25 miles with some rolling hills, i've done some 35-45 miles too that i have been happy with. the only problem is that my seat post turned around had loosened, i have lock tight and carry a tool and the fix didnt cost me anything. if i start to have seat loosening problems, then i think that seat post may be an option. Some day i will get measured for a bike and get it set up, i know thats the way to go. my next bike will be custom, carbon fiber : ) but that will be a few years off (have 2 kids starting driving, and college at the same time)
That post is designed for riding in a triathalon position. I would be cautious using it to achieve 'bike fit' for regular riding as it may place your knee too far forward. Normally your knee should be directly over your forward foot when the crankarms are level. A 'reaching back' with your legs position may cause problems. Women tend to have shorter upper bodies for their height and should actually have a frame especially designed for a woman.
Best to consult the expert at your LBS on this one.
i dont have a foward seat post, i just looked it up and i think i should have one! i just took my tri bars off because it wasnt comfortable to use them, i was stretched out too far. my frame is a little to big for me as it is, we actually turned my regular seat post around, and moved my seat forward as far as it could go to make it a better fit. now its great, fits like it should, but occasionally the seat gets loose, i have lock tight to hold it for a while.
sorry i dont have an answer for you, but i think you helped me to solve a problem! thanks!
Does anyone here have a "forward" seat post on their bike? I have a road bike that I'm outfitting for a tri. I'd like to put aerobars on the bike, but I'd have to adjust my seatpost foward to be comfortable.
I'm 5'7" with a long torso . . . my bike is 55 cm. (yeah, the crossbar is a little high for me, but I *love* the bike and can ride it for 60 minutes without issues).
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