Short ride today however I’m finally back on my bike

So…. This morning I was really excited to get on my bike in hopes of a fairly amount of miles however it didn’t go as I’d hoped. Let’s start with what lead to a shorter ride than I’d planned. Before slowing down on cycling I was having some saddle height concerns so I spent a great deal of time researching bike fitting and the general rule of thumb when it comes to saddle height. I came a across a very popular cycling site that seemed to know what they were talking about so I followed the math they provided and was immediately thing; dafaq? By following the math of this supposed general rule I had to raise my saddle by almost 3 inches which made absolutely no sense. I rechecked the math over and over and finally said to myself, if this high end cycling website says this is the general rule then maybe they’re right, they were not; in fact what a bunch of morons. So when I did the sizing and went for my ride within seconds I was having problems. At first the saddle felt a bit high so I did bring it down a slight bit though only enough to release the pressure off of my ass. My legs and feet started hurting really badly and within 2 miles my elbows and arms were hurting bad enough that I had to immediately come back home debating going to see a doctor. So, what the hell is that general rule about? I ended up getting 6.5 miles of the most painful bike ride that I’ve ever had and of course I will never go to that shitty cycling site again. The math is said to be

Seat Height: A seat that’s too low or too high can cause more than just discomfort. “That little amount of pain you are feeling right now can lead to more serious injuries down the road,” says Todd Carver, founder of Specialized’s popular Retül fit system. Use one of these two broad-stroke methods to get in the general range of proper seat height:

Position the crank arms so that they’re parallel to the seat tube. Sit on the seat and put your heel on the pedal. If you can’t reach the pedal, lower the seat until you can; if your leg is bent at the knee, raise the seat just until it’s straight.
If you are using clipless pedals, you can also use a mathematical formula. Here’s how: Stand barefoot on a hard floor, back to a wall, with a book snugged up between your legs, spine facing away. Measure from the floor to the top of the book spine. Multiply that number by 0.883, and subtract 4mm (1/8th inch). The result is your seat height, measured from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat, along the seat tube.

What a crock of shit.

So now that I’m home my plan today is to set my bike back up the way it was and to do a slight adjustment on height based on the real world concept so that I don’t experience that again. This mornings ride was hoped to be a fun and fairly long one however it did turn into a painful disaster. There is an upside to this painful ride, that’s that I did get to go for a bike ride.

Tomorrow I do plan on trying again as I slowly build my body back up to long rides. Things are finally stabilizing around here and we’re still taking things one day at a time with some eggshell walking starting to popup though we’re hopeful. Annika got to get a short ride in this morning on Zwift before she had to start work. We both got a good long walk in before the bike rides with Pugsley. Pugsley is doing really good with the exclusion of barking at our son anytime he walks at all around our home, Pugsley also has major temper tantrums when we’re going to go somewhere in the car. We tried to take Pugsley hiking yesterday however he stood by the car and screamed like he was being beat none stop until we took him back to our condo and cancelled taking him with us.

Lilith is doing good, she is still the house asshole however she is very loving and she’d be awesome dipped in some rice with veggies, joke lol. Our son is doing very well for the most part, fingers crossed that it continues that way. Okay so now that I got to this point of whats happening around here, maybe I should go back to more positive things.

So tomorrow I am hoping to go for another bike ride after a few fixing to my saddle height. I have some really cool goodies on the way for my bike and cannot wait until I am using them. Right now the basic goal is to get my legs slowly moving to build back up the momentum and to try and cancel out everything in my life that brings me down. Hugs all, more to come tomorrow. It’s gonna be a busy day today and right now It’s time for some food. Have a great day and thanks for the support!

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10 Thoughts

  1. That one, the 83% to the center of the crank is bs… I tried that one too. My inseam x 108% with the pedal down, following the angle of the seat tube measuring from the pedal spindle to the top of the saddle following the seat post works for me. I think that was a Greg LeMond method. Anyway, the heels on the pedals is a fantastic place to start. Put your bike on a Trainer, heels on the pedals and pedal backwards. Your leg should straighten WITHOUT ROCKING YOUR HIPS. If you rock your hips, even a little bit, the saddle is too high. If your leg doesn’t straighten, it’s too low.

  2. Sorry, that’d be 109%. I just looked it up again. Mine is 33-1/3″ from the floor – and you really have to jam that book up there – get your nuts out of the way, too. Anyway, multiply that by 109% and you get 36.33… but my REAL saddle height is 36.375 or 36-3/8″. Point is, even those exact measurements are just meant to get you close.

      1. We absolutely are, Matty. Thank you.

        Hey, while we’re on this, make sure you get the level of your saddle right. You want it to “cradle” you. You don’t want the nose pressing into your nether regions but at the same time, you don’t want to feel like you’re sliding off the front of saddle.

  3. yea, ok, that saddle height stuff is complete nonsense, and I am surprised it’s published.
    I have been professionally fit at least 5 times over the 14 years of riding & racing, and not ONCE has the fitter used any sort of math. I can offer this – set the fore aft of the seat first, so that the ball of your foot is over the pedal spindle. You can use a plum bob (or any weight on a string) to achieve this. THEN set the saddle height. Every time I have been fit, they raise the saddle so my leg is fully extended when on the (downstroke) of the pedal, then lower the height it until my leg has a slight bend. Often there is a specific angle of bend in my leg used, but that degree of bend is based 100% on rider comfort and flexibility. It’s also important to check saddle height for comfort in all positions, bar tops, drops, and aero bars if you have them. Saddle tilt is the final adjustment, and i always go parallel to the ground, however since the saddle issue has some sexy curves for my man parts, i put a board on top of the saddle first and use that with a level to get the setting dialed in. I tilt SLIGHTLY forward on a TT bike, since the position is so aggressively aero, but TT bikes are not really my bag anymore.
    Than i fiddle with all the adjustments constantly . I base it on my current flexibility, and injuries I am working through, and type of riding (cross, road, gravel)
    Simple put, just get it to where it’s comfortable for you. Granted to get maximum power out of each stroke (snicker) you want the fullest extension of your leg, but it’s got to start with comfort, to make riding enjoyable. Everything else is bullshit.

    Have fun, Stay safe bro!!!

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