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7/24/10 7:15 P

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ok then all the way down i think is the right height for me.. I've never been professionally "fitted"... Don't know if it'd be worth it... And i've been getting on today pretty much the same way as you just described... I was looking forward a second ride tonight(already scheming here!) but this darn thunderstorm that has rolled in.. BLEH! maybe tomorrow... I think tonight i'll just hit the treadmill.I'v ebeen wanting to try out some of the inclines and settings on it anyways. :)

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7/24/10 6:39 P

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Sounding VERY COOL! One can drive a car over the same old road a zillion times but when one begins to BIKE some of those roads it's like you own the road in a whole new way!

The most important thing about the position of your bike seat (or saddle, as I'm learning bikers call it...) is your comfort. Same for leg extension.

As far as the seat being too tall, that is very often the case when you have the seat positioned at the right height for your leg extension. I've learned to tilt the bike sideways to get on my seat and to sort of step up to the seat via the bike pedal. It makes stopping the bike a little tricky too as one can't just put your feet to the ground while on your seat, you need to move forward off the seat to be able to do that. It takes a little getting used to, but once you do your confidence will increase even more.

If you're like me you will soon start scheming & dreaming all SORTS of roads you'll want to conquer on your two wheels! Woo hoo!

Don

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7/24/10 5:05 P

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Don i am STOKED! i so want to go back out again!! ME and this bike are gonna have a love affair..lol.. it helps i'm teaching my son David how to ride.. so while AIdan is at school from 8-11:30...David and i vcould go up to grippen park and ride around the parking lot.. or maybe cruise to otsenango or hickories to ride...

By too tall.. I meant if i adjust the seat up any further than when you had put it down for me the other day... i really have to hop to get up on it... as it is it's a stretch and lean to one side...then i can get going... My leg is at a slight bed like you said so that is good.. my husband said it should be straight.. i said.. IDK....

On A funny note.. the bike helmut i'm using is my daughters from when she was TEN!!! it's a kid helmut and fits me perfectly..lol.. i just had to adjust the chin strap a hair because it was too tight...

and what do you recommend for any sort of padding on the straight bar.. i had a mens bike as a teen and came crashing down onto that not to pleasant bar, and suffered a very bruised pubic bone.. so it's not something i care to repeat.. or chance it...

I will tell john the bike seat tilts.. He took it out for a spin and is envious of the bike seat.. he's never seen one with that sort of shock obsorbtion... i reminded him the bike is MINE! lol emoticon so i figure give me a week of riding around in seclusion.. and i may venture to otsenago to ride.. But i'm already plotting a course to Our Country hearts... maybe ride there for lunch and back..MAN i really want to go for another RIDE!!!!

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7/24/10 4:28 P

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You can adjust the tilt of the seat. I believe you want it fairly level, however everything is always based on what works for YOU.

Your legs ideally should be slightly bent at the fullest extension...NEARLY straight, but not quite. But again...see what feels best for you.

When you say it was "too tall" what do you mean...? The main thing is for the legs to feel comfortable with the degree of extension.

Sounds like you're already enjoying the zoom zoom of being on two wheels! :-)

Don

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But i do have a couple of questions.. are bike seats supposed to tilt forward some?? or can that be adjusted... and when you're ON the bike... when your leg cycles around.. should the down leg be completely straight?? because mine isn't.. and we adjusted the seat up a hair.. and it was too tall.. but my leg would be straight... Oh well that's what i get for having a long torso and short legs...lol..

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