Seat misalignment caused by body/leg misalignment?

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Bobinator, Aug 20, 2003.

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  1. Bobinator

    Bobinator Guest

    On two separate recumbents, A RANS Tailwind and now a Lightning Phantom II, I have noticed that over
    time the seat is misaligned to the left. On the Tailwind, I actually bent the seat frame, which I
    had to replace. On my Phantom, the seat was off center, listing slightly to the left. You can see a
    noticable difference on my leg as well. The Soleus muscle is more defined (bigger) on the left leg.
    http://www.potreromassage.com/files/p_lower_leg_large.gif

    Anyone experience something similar? Cleat placement is pretty close. I suppose one leg is longer
    than the other. Other than the necessity to realign the seat, I have no leg problems.
     
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  2. Ian

    Ian Guest

    Bobinator must be edykated coz e writed:

    > On two separate recumbents, A RANS Tailwind and now a Lightning Phantom II, I have noticed that
    > over time the seat is misaligned to the left. On the Tailwind, I actually bent the seat frame,
    > which I had to replace. On my Phantom, the seat was off center, listing slightly to the left. You
    > can see a noticable difference on my leg as well. The Soleus muscle is more defined (bigger) on
    > the left leg. http://www.potreromassage.com/files/p_lower_leg_large.gif
    >
    > Anyone experience something similar? Cleat placement is pretty close. I suppose one leg is longer
    > than the other. Other than the necessity to realign the seat, I have no leg problems.
    If your leg difference is significant i.e. 0.5mm or more, it might be worth considering using
    different length cranks on each side of the bike.

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    Ian

    http://www.catrike.co.uk
     
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