Re: Is this issue peculiar to women, or is it me?
Posted: 19 Sep 2019, 11:10pm
Ps Hand built wheels for extra strength. Need to check if I can put 28s on them
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mediumbird wrote:Thanks slowster and Carlton green.
I have had the Giant bike for 12 years and it has done me well on many cycle touring trips. I got it from a bike shop near Hexham that came recommended. Basically it was an off the shelf frame and the owner put different gearing, handlebars etc to allow for light touring, so I don’t carry much in the panniers. I like the lighter weight of the bike against the really heavy touring bikes designed for big loads. I weigh about 68kg and have about 9-10kg in the bags.
I think I may need to go bike shopping......not sure how to convince my OH as regards that though
What about cyclocross type bikes? Any good for lightweight touring but better geometry, bigger tyres and don’t weigh a ton?
As regards tyres, I have used the marathon plus tyres on two of my long distance trips. Great for no punctures but I hate the ride of them even more on our rough roads, so ditched them!
mediumbird wrote:Thanks vorpal. Not bruising but chafing. I’m off the age(56) that finds chamois cream helpful. I also have a gel saddle. I might try and see if a local bike fit guy can help....
Most of my riding is rough riding because of the road surfaces, but the thought of having to do more of that type of training to toughen up that area is not appealing....
When I get a chance I’ll look into the forum a bit more and Colin’s info on bike fitting. Not sure I can do it all myself...
It’s just weird how it’s become a new problem with nothing else changing in bike set up apart from the quality of the road surfaces. To be fair, even if I didn’t have this recent issue, I just loathe riding on poor UK roads(in my region anyway)
mediumbird wrote:I like the lighter weight of the bike against the really heavy touring bikes designed for big loads.
mediumbird wrote:What about cyclocross type bikes? Any good for lightweight touring but better geometry, bigger tyres and don’t weigh a ton?
mediumbird wrote:I was riding with far too low a saddle(4.5cm) and therefore raised it, but couldn’t raise my bars anymore. Since then I get pins and needles in my hands after a while, so definitely think too much weight forward and therefore more forward pressure on my saddle
mediumbird wrote: I think I shall enlist the help of a friend that's a very good bike mechanic to try and get my bars set higher, but before that, I might get another bikefit by this person, as he gets good reviews. https://visualbikefit.com/vbf/
It's going to be a work in progress that's for sure! Will do anything to stop me falling out of love with the sport!
mediumbird wrote:I think I shall enlist the help of a friend that's a very good bike mechanic to try and get my bars set higher, but before that, I might get another bikefit by this person, as he gets good reviews. https://visualbikefit.com/vbf/
mediumbird wrote:I’m riding on 25 Schwalbe Luganos, carrying rear panniers. I cycled 69 miles day one, 66 day two and then 54 today(worst road surface today). I’m using the same saddle and bike set up I did LEJOG, the Rhine cycle and St Malo to Nice, plus several shorter trips in Europe on their lovely cycle tracks. Ours are just atrocious. You look at them, and think, that should be ok, but they are god awful lumpy things. I like to be able to cover reasonable distances with my bike set up, will bigger tyres etc not compromise that?
slowster wrote:mediumbird wrote:I think I shall enlist the help of a friend that's a very good bike mechanic to try and get my bars set higher, but before that, I might get another bikefit by this person, as he gets good reviews. https://visualbikefit.com/vbf/
I think that before going to a bike fitter it would be better to see if you can get the bars up, and then ride with them in that position for a while and possibly also experiment with moving them up a bit and down a bit, to see what feels best to you. If that and/or 28mm tyres fixes the discomfort you have been experiencing, then you won't waste time on that issue if and when you get another bike fit. If it doesn't fix the problem, then you will have eliminated it as a possible cause/potential solution when you discuss it with the bike fitter.
If you go to the bike fitter first, you run the risk that he will recommend raising the bars, only for you find afterwards when you finally do it that it does NOT cure the problem - result: £100+ bike fit largely wasted.
Moreover, given the lengths of the tours that you have been doing and the repeated daily mileages, with apparently no problems until now, I suspect that you probably must already have a good position. Either that or you are one of those people who pushes themselves and dismisses minor discomforts and pain that the rest of us would not put up with, but that doesn't sound like you. Given your comments about your riding preferences generally and e.g. how you hated the Marathon tyres, it sounds like you are quite highly attuned to how your bike feels and how you feel on the bike.
I wondered about the saddle height when I read about it being raised 45 mm, but I didn't know that it was a fashion to put it as high as possible. It is quite common for cyclists, especially setting up a bike without any prior knowledge to put the saddle too low, so it doesn't surprise me when I hear that bike fitters have raised it substantially.531colin wrote:Its possible that your problems started with the 45mm saddle raise from a "bike fit". Its the fashion to have the saddle as high as possible; it isn't a fashion I follow, and I don't understand the reason for it. But before you change anything, note it, measure it, photograph it, as in my DIY bike fit piece.
531colin wrote:Do read my bike fitting piece; you say you aren't sure you can do it yourself, but you are the only person in the world who will always be there whenever you go for a ride.
mediumbird wrote:He moved my spd cleats back a lot!...My legs fatigue very quickly!...My quads tweak as soon as I start riding, but definitely feel a more stable platform on the pedals with the new cleat position.