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531colin wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 11:52am The fix (for me) was shorter stem and pushing the saddle back.
Shorter stem AND pushing the saddle back?
Making the effective seat-tube angle slacker making the BB further forward?
Sounds like it's the legs that would have benefitted and not the arms?

I'm not absolutely sure that it was better yesterday. Yes, my arms weren't aching, but the ride was hard and hilly and twice we had to walk. Now I've sorted the angle adjusting system out on Moulton, I'll be putting the saddle back in the long-standing position but tilting it up at the nose .......... and do a particular 18mile ride I know well.

Then, do it again (a day or so later) with Mercian as it always has been.
Maybe then I'll have some evidence of the way ahead for me ......... tilting or moving backwards.
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Does the lack of power in your legs affect your ass as well as your wrists and hands. Just done 30 miles my ass began to get sore but when I pedalled harder it relieved the pressure. Bit of a pain as I like to just bimble around or do I just need more time on the saddle to get used to it.
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crossy wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 2:03pm Does the lack of power in your legs affect your ass as well as your wrists and hands. Just done 30 miles my ass began to get sore but when I pedalled harder it relieved the pressure. Bit of a pain as I like to just bimble around or do I just need more time on the saddle to get used to it.
Cycling power is derived from the ‘buns and guns’. It’s more about C.V. fitness and endurance, than ‘strength’ per se. Work on glutes and quads, and develop your aerobic endurance, and you’re laughing.
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crossy wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 2:03pm Does the lack of power in your legs affect your ass as well as your wrists and hands. Just done 30 miles my ass began to get sore but when I pedalled harder it relieved the pressure. Bit of a pain as I like to just bimble around or do I just need more time on the saddle to get used to it.
Definitely.

When I ride my focus izalco full gas I don't notice the flite to saddle despite it being less comfortable than the turbo I have on my Cannondale endurance bike where I am more often than not riding conservatively.

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crossy wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 2:03pm Does the lack of power in your legs affect your ass as well as your wrists and hands. Just done 30 miles my ass began to get sore but when I pedalled harder it relieved the pressure. Bit of a pain as I like to just bimble around or do I just need more time on the saddle to get used to it.
Different saddle? or same old?
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A new to me Brooks Cambium. The saddle I had on before was a padded one with a hole down the middle.
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Might just need getting used to
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biketips666 wrote: 16 Sep 2021, 12:27am Most titanium bikes don't seem to have titanium forks. Why is this?
Enigma offered a ti fork about 12 years ago, I had one and liked it but it was recalled. I waited a year for a replacement before they said it wasn't going to happen. replaced it with a carbon fork and didn't notice the difference.
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Mick F wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 1:50pm ........ I'll be putting the saddle back in the long-standing position but tilting it up at the nose .......... and do a particular 18mile ride I know well.
Went out on Moulton this morning with the saddle tilted up a tad. Didn't go far - flu jab in the village, and a spin round - but TBH it wasn't a good feeling - the saddle position, not the flu jab! :lol:

I'll be putting it level again and moving it backwards 5cm and try that for the next ride.
I'll also investigate putting Mercian's saddle back the same distance. Not sure that I can as the seatpin may not allow it. I'll investigate anyway.
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Mercian's saddle was as far back as it would go, so I took the fittings off and had a play with a Dremmel and tapered the clamp so it would go further back on the Brooks rails.

Not far, but it has gone back 5mm perhaps a tad less.
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Worn out after 8,000 miles?

People need to stop replacing stuff when it's perfectly serviceable just because they have an "itch". Think of the environment before dumping your "old" bike. My touring bike has done 27,000 miles since I bought it new in 2012, I wouldn't dream of replacing it.
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tykeboy2003 wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 2:13pm Worn out after 8,000 miles?

People need to stop replacing stuff when it's perfectly serviceable just because they have an "itch". Think of the environment before dumping your "old" bike. My touring bike has done 27,000 miles since I bought it new in 2012, I wouldn't dream of replacing it.
I wouldn’t be dumping my old bike, far from it, my winter bike/commuter Ribble got nicked so it’s really replacing that.

The Merida would basically get my spare mudguards fitted to it.

The Titanium bike would be my new 2nd bike as I would be looking to replace the stolen one and I would want to get something potentially long lasting like a Ti bike.
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Johnno260 wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 2:57pm
tykeboy2003 wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 2:13pm Worn out after 8,000 miles?

People need to stop replacing stuff when it's perfectly serviceable just because they have an "itch". Think of the environment before dumping your "old" bike. My touring bike has done 27,000 miles since I bought it new in 2012, I wouldn't dream of replacing it.
I wouldn’t be dumping my old bike, far from it, my winter bike/commuter Ribble got nicked so it’s really replacing that.

The Merida would basically get my spare mudguards fitted to it.

The Titanium bike would be my new 2nd bike as I would be looking to replace the stolen one and I would want to get something potentially long lasting like a Ti bike.
Fair enough. I bet the police went the extra mile to try to recover your stolen one.....
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tykeboy2003 wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 3:47pm Fair enough. I bet the police went the extra mile to try to recover your stolen one.....
I handed them the frame number, I got a crime number that’s it, it’s what I expected.

Thieves are just total lowlifes whatever they’re stealing.

I can see how my initial post looked when re-reading it, I had money I had saved during lockdown, but I would need to save a little more if I go Ti.
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