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General Discussion / NUMB "SEAT"
« on: August 05, 2006, 02:35:59 am »
I have the same problem when climbing in the drops on my 520, with a Brooks saddle and the stem (quill) as high as it will go, which is still an inch below seat height. The drops are just enough lower than the hoods to start the problem. I can't lower the front of my saddle because then I slide forward and it makes it even worse. Aargh.

My solution is to get a higher stem and I am planning on a long one, since it is a quill and I can vary the position. I will raise it an inch and even more for longer rides. I would suggest going 1-2" higher and maybe 10cm shorter, to also bring you back a bit. Good luck.

General Discussion / foot problem
« on: June 01, 2006, 12:05:25 am »
Something I just discovered recently that was making it worse - pedaling toes down, with the seat too high, was  putting more pressure on the ball of the foot. I guess in hindsight it seems obvious. After lowering it about 1/2 " over a week it helped a lot with the foot pain.

Also, I have found that riding in the drops periodically helps - it feels like it is stretching the hamstring out further and allows the feet to go flatter, providding that the seat is low enough to begin with. Weird, but it works for me, ymmv.

General Discussion / foot problem
« on: May 17, 2006, 04:59:56 pm »
Make sure your shoes are wide enough as feet swell and the pressure can cause numbness. Also try Superfeet orthotics and stiffer soled shoes if nec, especially if using SPD clipless, which concentrate pressure on ball of foot. I have been through all of this and found the Sidi Dominator Mega (wide) worked wonders. Not cheap though.

General Discussion / Knee Pain Advice
« on: May 17, 2006, 05:04:20 pm »
Usually pain in back of knee is from seat too high, pain in front from too low. You may have slight leg lgth discrepancy and the sore leg is overextending. Try lowering the seat 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Also doesn't hurt to check with the doc and get some xrays to make sure everything is in alignment. Icing after rides for a while will help, too.

General Discussion / Touring wheels for my sweetheart
« on: February 25, 2006, 07:52:06 pm »
An excellent all around bike, capable of loaded touring and general use, is the Trek 520. Very comfortable and durable. Also for a bit less cash - the Novara Randoonee, sold at REI; and for an aluminum frame - the Cannondale T800. All of them available for around $1000.

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