Longer Legs

Discussion in 'Health Nutrition and Supplements' started by Guest, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Are my legs getting longer ?

    I know it's a stupid question,but I've been raising my seat (fractionally) for a while now and at the end of a ride I always feel as if the saddle could be raised a touch more, I marked the seat post to check if it was slipping down and it wasn't.

    A marathon runner friend says it because cycling stretches muscle, the opposite to running apparantly (is that true).

    Another observation is that I can touch the floor easily with legs straight, A feat I couldn't always do before so maybe my arms are getting longer also ;D

  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Cycling is nutorius for shortening the hamstrings because of the limited range of movement of the cycling action.

    Your legs are unlikly to get longer as that would require bone growth/ligament stretch. Please keep an eye on your saddle raises, don't go too high as that will cause damage to your knees.

    The straight leg stretch that you describe is not the best type of stretch to do for your hamstrings as it can damage your back. Look at doing 'bent leg stretches'. Your increase in range of movement could have occured because of increased flaxability in your back or hamstrings, because your stretch does not isolate either of thses components.

    Well done on your improved flexibility, do you do additional stretching as its unlikly to be due to the cycling!
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest


    You are almost definitely getting longer legs. I went through a phase when I thought like you - considering that I am already almost I do not need the extra height - as I frequently had to raise my saddle height. Some very nice detective work on my part then turned out the real culprit. I drive a small car and my bike barely fits into the boot/trunk. Everytime I raised the saddle height I nudged the bike beyond the capacity of the car. Slamming the trunk shut then forced the saddle height to contract again. Needless to say I had to replace my seat post and find an alternative way of moving my bike. All is well now.

    My bit
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I wonder if that is the reason I can't run very well,back about 4 years ago I used to regulary go on 10 mile runs, since I stopped running and taken up cycling I think my fitness has stayed the same but I cannot run to save my life.

    You've answered a question that has been nagging in the back of my head, I know that my leg should be fractionally bent when the pedal is all the way down, which it is when I start,but because I feels easier after a ride I've been raising the saddle (i'll leave it alone )

    It's probably is the the effect of bending over on the bike that has increased my flexiblity, I'd never thought of that, and no I don't do any other stretching exercises despite everybody telling that I should :-[

    Black knight, Whilst I've been riding for a few years it's been on a mountain bike and it was a very common occurance to raise my seat for the uphill slog, then lower it for the blast downhill, so my saddle was always a different height, but it's only now that I moved up to road riding that I noticed the effect.

    One last thing, 2lap aren't you around Manchester ? if you are hoped you cheered on a Welsh win in the cycling for me.

    and Vo2 won't you boys let us Welsh even win a sevens rugby match. :D
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I find that to be so true. I feel the hamstrings a lot when i walk a lot , and i dont think i had that before. It shows how you can be great at one thing (Cycling) and Crap at another (Running) Thats why i would not want to be a tri athlete. It would be to hard to balance the three. Besides bicycling is the only way to go ;D
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I can ride 6 hours in the mountains and back it up again the next day without a problem........but a 45 minute brisk walk with the dogs leaves me stuffed for days after ::)
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Lazarus-g, what a fortunate ride by Nicole! I am also Welsh (but will shout for England if there is no Welsh talent) lets hope Nicole lives up to all she promises.
  8. jlabani

    jlabani New Member

    May 15, 2010
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    I frequently cycle with a raised seat as I am in the triathlon club at my college (Arizona State University). I do this to have an edge on my cycling speed by increasing range of motion.
    I didnt experiment with the running but I would say its like sleeping. When you sleep your muscles are practically not moving AT ALL. When you wake up your spine recompresses to its normal length but you dont SHRINK, that includes hamstrings. Another example is when doing the flex arm hang exercise, the biceps dont compress and get shorter. I dont see how its much different from cycling, and its an isometric exercise where your muscles dont grow or shrink in length.
    My idea is that somehow a part of the leg becomes longer, making the length of the hamstrings disproportional to that new length. If you still think hamstrings become shorter after reading this, PLEASE TELL ME HOW AND ILL STOP RAISING MY SEAT! LOL (no really im being serious)