Saddle Pulls Shorts Taut



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RP10128

Guest
I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
minute workout ride. However, doing so causes my body to slide
forward on the saddle. As a result, the saddle pulls the fabric in my
shorts so taut that the skin in my crotch area hurts. I would like
to stand up on the pedals and pull the fabric foward to relieve the
pressure; but I don't seem to be able to stand up with only one hand
on the handle bars.

Do other people have this problem? Is it an indication that my
saddle height is wrong or that the foward-backward positioning of the
saddle is incorrect?
 
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Neil Brooks

Guest
RP10128 <[email protected]> wrote:

>I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
>minute workout ride. However, doing so causes my body to slide
>forward on the saddle.


Have you checked your saddle angle with a level? Many (to most)
people find a level saddle position best. If nothing else, it's a
good starting point from which to begin making adjustments.
 
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RP10128

Guest
Neil Brooks <[email protected]> wrote in
news:[email protected]:

> RP10128 <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>>I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
>>minute workout ride. However, doing so causes my body to slide
>>forward on the saddle.

>
> Have you checked your saddle angle with a level? Many (to most)
> people find a level saddle position best. If nothing else, it's a
> good starting point from which to begin making adjustments.


My saddle clamp permits me to have the saddle slope either upward or
downward (but not to have it level). I have the pulling problem both
with the saddle sloping upward and with it sloping downardward.
 
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Neil Brooks

Guest
RP10128 <[email protected]> wrote:

>Neil Brooks <[email protected]> wrote in
>news:[email protected]:
>
>> RP10128 <[email protected]> wrote:
>>
>>>I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
>>>minute workout ride. However, doing so causes my body to slide
>>>forward on the saddle.

>>
>> Have you checked your saddle angle with a level? Many (to most)
>> people find a level saddle position best. If nothing else, it's a
>> good starting point from which to begin making adjustments.

>
>My saddle clamp permits me to have the saddle slope either upward or
>downward (but not to have it level). I have the pulling problem both
>with the saddle sloping upward and with it sloping downardward.


Might want to try a different seatpost--on with a clamp that allows a
level seat (weird that yours doesn't).

I'd bet somewhere shy of eight cents that we've just found the
problem....
 
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Art Harris

Guest
RP10128 wrote:

> I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75 minute workout ride.


Why? It's good to get out of the saddle once in a while.

> I would like to stand up on the pedals and pull the fabric foward > to relieve the pressure; but I don't seem to be able to stand up with only one hand on the handle bars.


So, just stop for a second and adjust yer shorts.

Art Harris
 
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App

Guest
<snip>
> Might want to try a different seatpost--on with a clamp that allows a
> level seat (weird that yours doesn't).

<snip>

Not so weird - many posts have incremental adjustment that, with
certain frame geometries, will not allow the seat to be level (Campy,
etc....)

Thomson posts, and those ones with that lame thumbscrew underneath (and
others) all have "infinitely variable" seat angle that would allow the
OP a level seat.

App
 
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RP10128

Guest
"Art Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in
news:[email protected]:

> RP10128 wrote:
>
>> I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
>> minute workout ride.

>
> Why? It's good to get out of the saddle once in a while.
>
>> I would like to stand up on the pedals and pull the fabric foward

>
>> to relieve the pressure; but I don't seem to be able to stand up

with
>> only one hand on the handle bars.

>
> So, just stop for a second and adjust yer shorts.
>
> Art Harris
>
>




I could. But the whole point of an aerobic workout is to keep your
heartbeat in a particular zone (and in particular, at 75% or more of
its maximum beats per minute). Doing that supposedly causes your
metabolism to change from buring carbohydrates to burning body fat
which, after all, is what everyone wants to do.
 
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Art Harris

Guest
RP10128 wrote:

> I could. But the whole point of an aerobic workout is to keep your heartbeat in a particular zone (and in particular, at 75% or more of its maximum beats per minute).


Oh Jesus! Are you training for the Hour Record or something? Stopping
for 2 seconds to adjust your shorts isn't going to compromise your
workout. If I were you, I worry more about getting the saddle set up
properly.

Art Harris
 
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Bill Lloyd

Guest
On 2005-06-30 11:38:19 -0700, RP10128 <[email protected]> said:

> "Art Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in
> news:[email protected]:
> RP10128 wrote:
>>
>> I have been trying to remain seated during the entirety of my 75
>>> minute workout ride.
>>> Why? It's good to get out of the saddle once in a while.

>>
>> I would like to stand up on the pedals and pull the fabric foward
>>> to relieve the pressure; but I don't seem to be able to stand up with
>>> only one hand on the handle bars.
>>> So, just stop for a second and adjust yer shorts.

>> Art Harris
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I could. But the whole point of an aerobic workout is to keep your

> heartbeat in a particular zone (and in particular, at 75% or more of
> its maximum beats per minute). Doing that supposedly causes your
> metabolism to change from buring carbohydrates to burning body fat
> which, after all, is what everyone wants to do.
>
> Good God. Get your nose out of the book, Poindexter, you've lost touch
> with reality.
 
Given that you naturally slide forwards, and that you can't stand up
without two hands on the bars, I'd say that your saddle is too far
back. Try sliding it forwards a centimetre or two and see if that
helps.
 
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Leo Lichtman

Guest
"RP10128" wrote: (clip) Doing that supposedly causes your metabolism to
change from buring carbohydrates to burning body fat which, after all, is
what everyone wants to do.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
(1.) I don't think it's true that your body starts burning fat at a
particular exercise level.
(2.) If you measure your heart rate, you will note that it does not drop
instantly just because you pause for a few seconds. If it mattered, you
could pick up your cadence for a few seconds just before stopping.
(3.) If you were able to stand up, ride with one hand and adjust your
shorts, you wouldn't be pedalling at the same time, so you might as well
stop.
(4.) After stopping, you have to accelerate to your old speed, so the extra
effort should make up for the tiny break.

If you wear boxer shorts, you might try wearing briefs, or no underwear with
padded riding shorts.

I do not recommend the kind of surgery that Lance had, although it could
help. :)
 
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(PeteCresswell)

Guest
Per RP10128:
>Do other people have this problem?


If I stayed seated for 75 minutes I think I'd have all sorts of problems.

Although there's probably a saddle adjustment issue tb addressed, I'd also say
that you'd be better off all around to get out of the saddle every few
minutes... or whenever the urge strikes. Just shift up about 4 gears and keep
on truckin' for 10-20 strokes, and the shift/sit back down.
--
PeteCresswell