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Offline jro

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Over the top
« on: June 19, 2007, 10:19:51 PM »
I have found myself lately with lots of weight on my handle bars and in fact going over them several times.  Yes sometimes I have still been clipped in.  >:(

A few questions:

Seat: Should it be horizontal or tilted up or down?  If a tilt how much?  Where should your seat height be?
Front Shock:  Could my front shock be to soft and how do you really know?
Handle bars:  Should they be flat or have a rise? If they need a rise how much?  I think mine have a rise of about 1 inch.

Also I think my nickname should be T-rex I have a long wide torso and short arms.  I am sure there are some adjustments that I need to start making so any help in this area is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

 

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Re: Over the top
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007, 10:29:35 PM »
Going over the bars is part of the game. It sucks, but we all do it from time to time. You definitely need to learn to tuck and roll! LOL

Seriously though, your questions are all dependant on the individual.

I would suggest that you go and get yourself a proffessional fitting, that would eliminate a lot of trial and error of moving and changing equipment, and while it might cost a few bucks up front, it will save you in the long run.

Some of it though is riding technique, and learning to properly shift your weight and when to shift your weight.

Is this happening on downhills, like at Alafia, or does the happen at Flatwoods?

Yes you can have your fork too soft. What kind of fork do you have? Most have multiple adjustments that can allow you to have a plush ride, without bottoming out a lot.

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Re: Over the top
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007, 10:37:52 PM »
I don't believe that you can stick your butt to far back. This is one of the big basics to learn when riding. On any downhill, especially a steep down hill, keep your rear back BEHIND the seat, this weights your rear wheel weighted and lets your front go pretty much where it needs to go. This also gives your easier movement of your knees which allows you to suck up that bump that might have sent you over the bars last time.
For me, one of the biggest differences I have made to my bike is putting on a bigger fork. This changes the angles of the bike a bit, for me, just enough to make a world of difference. it also aloud me change to compression, which does help.
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Re: Over the top
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007, 10:37:56 PM »
Some reading material

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/BikeFit/index.cfm
http://www.rivbike.com/how_to_pick_your_bike/our_approach_to_fit_sizing_and_riding_position
http://bicycleuniverse.info/eqp/fit.html
http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/bikefitchart.html
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-sizing.html
http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/sport/a/bikefit.htm

Some fit calculators
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCM?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO
http://www.swanseawheelers.co.uk/bikefit.php
http://www.zinncycles.com/FitIntro.aspx
https://wrenchscience.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSecure%2fFit%2fHeight.aspx%3fstylecode%3dM&stylecode=M

All this stuff should help you figure out what is the right fit for you.  Take measurements and try different things and eventually you will be comfortable and pain free on your bike.  Make sure you don't "shotgun" your changes.  Make 1 or 2 changes at a time and try them out.  Only you know what will work for your riding style.  Also if you can afford it a professional bike fitting will most certainly help.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2007, 10:43:43 PM by BeerCan »
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