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Which position adjustments maximize the use of the glutes in a road bike?

I usually don't feel the glutes firing when I'm seated unless I'm in a really long and hard climb or if I stand up and move back. Is there any common adjustment to maximize the glutes utilization? Or ...
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Why do peope think the upright postion is comfortable?

Since my dad bought my first bike when I was a kid I tended towards a leaned forward position. I don't mean hands on the drops position, just a more leaned forward one. Skip forwards for almost 30 ...
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Calves overcoming glutes function, is this a set up problem?

I've noticed that I usually become really tight calves while my gluts don't work at all. It is specially so when I accelerate in my singlespeed while I'm stand up or when I climb. Sometimes I get my ...
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Is it a good idea to lift the front wheel to go through small bumps?

I was wondering if it is a good idea, when riding fast on a road bike, to lift the front wheel when I find a 5-10cm bump. Does it damage the rear wheel more? Is it good or bad for the front wheel? I ...
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How many fingers on the brakes for a road bike?

For any reasonable mountain bike, it is advisable to keep one finger on each brake at all times. How does this advice transfer to road bikes?
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What is the best riding position? [duplicate]

What is the right knee angle to ride my bicycle such that I don't hurt my knees with time? I'm 44kgs and 1.3m tall
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Does this wear pattern on my shorts indicate an issue with my position on my road bike?

My last three pairs of bib shorts have all worn out in exactly the same place (see picture). The latest pair started wearing after about 5 rides. I average about 100 miles a week. Do you think my ...
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Prostate-friendly Saddle and Sitting Angle

I am a 65-year-old male and every day I ride cycle for an hour for workout. Lately, I hear a lot about cycling causing inflammation of the prostate gland. And I have difficulty in complete emptying ...
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how do you develop the strength to be able to hold a aero right angled forearm position?

How to pros go about developing the strength to be able to sustain this kind of position (specifically the bent fore arms, not so much the flat back) for more than a minute and what type of yoga would ...
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How to make a derailleur work in opposite directions?

I am making a bike for a school project that can switch between upright and pseudo-prone position. It has two sets of crank assembly; one on one side of the rear gear set and one on the other; the ...
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Do I really need a 90-degree arm/torso angle?

I have tinkered excessively with my bike fit over the years. I recently saw the fit suggestion that there be a 90-degree angle from the torso to the arm (while on the hoods). Thing is, when I ...
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

Under what circumstances would it be advisable to ride a century without stopping? If a person had: 100% daylight; no mechanical failures; and, no stop signs or lights to deal with, it would seem ...
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Is it poor technique or physiology that causes people to cycle with their knees sticking out to the side?

Why do some people cycle with their knees sticking out to the side instead of parallel to the frame?
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Does the superman style have any chance to be seen in competition?

On social networks, many people have seen Michael Guerra's superman style. Video here The technique seems to be quite efficient, however it probably requires skills and yield to increase risks of ...
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How tiring is riding the bullhorns?

I was wondering if anyone here who is riding with bullhorn handlebars could share how tiring it is to ride, say, 50 km? I am thinking of setting up them to my road bike, mainly because, you know, it ...
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Dynamic stability of a tricycle

I'm currently designing the "electric bike of my dream" (please do not laugh! it's for fun, nothing serious), and I came up after some though with a tricycle, where 2 rear wheels are supporting the ...
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Weight distribution while cornering for maximum grip on road bike

Road bike on tarmac. What should the optimal weight distribution between the front and the rear wheel be for optimal grip while cornering on a descent?
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Foot shifting while pedalling

I have been contemplating clipless pedals as the next logical step. So after a bit of research and reading this question and it's answers I find myself a bit unconvinced mainly because nothing covers ...
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Tall rider - good cockpit/body position for downhill

I have been riding mountain bikes since a long time, and I am riding only downhill/bikeparks since 2009. I've had several bikes, but I've never been in a real comfortable position when riding (or if I ...
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Eating while biking

I like to bike over my lunch hour, so I prefer to eat while biking if possible. My main problem is that I get all messy and will often choke when coming to a rapid stop. My weekly meals are pb &j ...
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Nerve pain and “handedness”—is it common for your dominant hand to be more susceptible to nerve problems?

Since moving to the Southwest I've greatly ramped up my cycling. I used to do ~16 miles a day, now I do double that or better, nearly every day of the week. Usually by around 15-20 miles I get nerve ...
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Potential risks of sitting upright on the saddle during a daily commute

I ride my bike to work Monday through Friday, about forty minutes both ways. The elevation changes a bit but not too much. I'm not a huge fan of holding the handlebars, and I often ride with no ...
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Would Tri-Bars be advantageous for a 260 mile 2 day event

At the end of August I am organising and completing a solo 2 day bike ride for charity that will be around 260 miles in length. The longest I have ever done is 105 miles in one sitting, about 6 and ...
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Pain in right leg, related to asymmetric leg position?

I've been cycling two years now and have only just noticed mainly from using my new turbo trainer that when I'm pedalling my left leg is about 1" or so from the top tube whilst pedalling but my right ...
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What is the best aero position in a mountain bike?

I'm familiar with TT and road bikes with aero bars. However, I don't know what is the ideal aero position for a normal MTB (no aero bars). I did some search and found these pics. Hands on the middle ...
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Pain in center of hand

I've recently started biking serious amounts (to me, anyways, 12 miles or so ) and I've noticed a pain in my right hand, near the center of where the wrist connects to the palm. It hurts when pressure ...
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Best XC riding position [closed]

To follow off my last question (what are good training program for offroad racing?), what is the best ridding position/riding positions for each portion of XC racing?
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Standing to pedal is extremely tiring - should it be this difficult?

I've gotten back into riding fairly recently. I used to ride a bicycle a lot when I was younger - the single-speed, steel-frame deal with coaster brakes. I'm now riding a Fuji hybrid. When I was ...
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Why are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?

Most riders seem to say it's their groin, neck or lower back that starts hurting first after a decent distance has been ridden. For me it is my wrists. I have no history of wrist pain (strains, ...
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Commuting on flat terrain/handle bar

For my new job I'll have to commute about 10 - 20km (6 - 12mi) each day (one trip) in flat terrain. Right now, I'm commuting 6km/4mi each day, with an elevation gain of 160m uphill to work. I'm ...
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Why exactly did Boardman manage a further distance than Wiggins?

In light of Bradley Wiggins' recent hour record of 54.526km, I heard a lot about how Chris Boardman has the absolute record of 56.375km. What I didn't hear and (hence my question) what I want to know ...
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Inner elbow/bicep tendon pain from drop bars?

I've just recently bought a new bike with drop bars for my daily commute. It's great fun and actual feels quite comfortable after following a few fitment videos and guides online. The bike is a ...
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I sit real far back on my saddle

Asked this on diaspora, but was urged to come here, so, here's my question: I tend to slide BACK on my saddle really far, to the point where my sit bones are very near to the edge. If I try to scoot ...
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Foot position on pedal

I regularly race Duathlons and Triathlons. When I am off the bike and running my calves are like rocks for the first mile. I have been told to try to flatten by foot and not "Point" my toes down. I ...
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Cycling position for commuting

I'm looking into buying a commuter bike. Observing other bikers I see some are hunched over their bikes and some are almost vertical. What is considered the best position for commuting? [I will be ...
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Should thighs touch the stomach to reduce flab?

I got myself a new bike and i have been told by many to reduce the seat height or bend more to cycle such that the thighs touch your stomach or atleast closer to stomach as you cycle. They say it will ...
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quads feel over used while in an aero position

I typically ride on the hoods, but I've been working lately on a more aero position. When in the drops or using clip-on aero bars I find that my quads get fatigued much more than when I'm in a normal ...
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Long Quill Stem?

I picked up a used mid 1990s Serotta Colorado CSI (lugged steel) bike. It is a size 54L which in Serottas from that era means it has a 54 seat tube but a 55 top tube. The size was not intentional, it ...
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Getting the right cockpit position. Sliding forward. What should I adjust to keep my sit bones on the seat?

I am experienced rider and I'm looking for some advice on how to adjust my cockpit position. I am a daily commuter, and do regular 40-50k rides on the weekends, and with the warmer weather will work ...
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Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts

Let's assume the following saddle heights: ultra low (bmx, DJ) low (slopestyle) medium high ultra high (XC) In videos on the internet we sometimes see pro DH riders riding with a medium to high ...
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Hill climb riding position

With the current stem and bars I have on my bike I have quite an upright position and get a falling back feeling while climbing. When I stand in the pedals to gain an extra bit of power in a climb I ...
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Why are BMX saddles so low?

I've seen a lot of teenagers riding BMX bikes recently. It seems that most if not all of the guys I've seen riding their BMX bikes around the streets, car parks, local parks, etc have a frame that's ...
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Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience

Will I notice much difference beside just having a slightly longer cockpit between my seat and fork if I upgrade from a 50mm to a 65 mm stem? is this 15mm a significant enough adjustment to make my ...
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How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?

When I turn I usually shift my weight on the same side I'm turning to. To ease the discussion let's assume we are turning left, on a paved road (no mud/gravel/potholes/grease/oil/ice/door traps). I ...
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how come some cyclists look like they are making a 45 - 60 degree angle with their bodies and I don't?

I just wanted to ask how come some cyclists when they ride they lean in, while their arms straight, and some resemble a 45 to 60 degree angle (which looks cool by the way). I have a hybrid bike and I ...
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Is standing up and pedaling on multi-gear bicycles a bad idea

After reading While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this? , I was thinking "one should probably not be standing up to pedal under normal circumstances". Is ...
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What is the trick to riding on sand?

I have been trying to ride on some trials that have very soft sand and especially agitated by ATVs. When I hit a soft patch my front tire pulls in one direction and I freak out a little. I cannot ...
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Why do I do the “saddle shuffle” when riding?

I was browsing some time trial videos on YouTube and came across a video on saddle shuffling, and I've been noticing that I do the same saddle shuffle a lot when riding hard. Did not really know it ...
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How to adjust seat saddle and saddle position for knee pain?

I understand that a seat too high can cause: hips rocking trying to extend to pedals pain in the back of the knee And that a seat too low can cause: can't fully extend legs pain in front of the ...
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Should I use a narrower saddle on a road bike than I would on my hybrid commuter?

I ride a hybrid (Trek Fx 7.3) as a daily commuter and have found a 143mm saddle to be the right width for me. However I am looking into getting a road bike for long rides and am finding 130mm ...