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Sliding Back in the Saddle while Climbing

I recently did a road bike event while a few steep climbs. I felt myself sliding back in the saddle to the point where when the road eventually leveled off I had to stand up and reposition myself ...
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What body positions (or goals) create more stability over obstacles in mountain biking, and how do I lower my center of gravity?

I have a background in road and gravel cycling. I ride a Giant Trance mountain bike at the moment, which I believe is considered a "trail" bike. It's clear to me from looking at the ...
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What is the best technique to use when turning my bicycle?

Turning at low to moderate speed while road riding is unlikely to be a task of great difficulty for most riders[citation needed]. One simply rotates the handlebars, and off you go. It is when speeds ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

This question may be addressed completely by this canonical answer, and I'm happy to remove the question if so. However it's only one answer, and I don't think it could hurt to have more here; I have ...
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New MTB makes it feel like too much weight on arms? How do I make it better?

My 10 year old montain mountain bike has quite an upright seating position and front tyre, which is what I think makes it very comfortable to ride for long periods of times. Having recently bought a ...
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Mountain biking: lower-back pain in "attack position"

When going downhill on a mountain bike in the "attack position", after a while I get one-sided lower-back pain that forces me to stop. How can I determine if this is due to an incorrect ...
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How might I measure the proportion of a ride spent in various hand positions, or has it been studied?

This is something I've been pondering for a while, but a recent question How much faster when using drops and particularly Weiwen Ng's answer prompted me to give it more thought. It's often said that ...
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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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Foot Position on Pedals

So, I'm a mountain biker, and recently, I've started doing bigger jumps on trails (5-12 ft). I ride a Trek Marlin 7 (hardtail) and I upgraded to Deity Deftrap pedals. Sometimes after landing a big ...
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Can a conventional seat be reversed 180 degrees to be used as a noseless seat?

I am interested in potentially switching to a noseless seat (also called noseless saddle). Instead of buying one, can I simply reverse my conventional seat 180 degrees and sit on the edge of the new ...
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What are some key road flat pedal bicycle adjustments that affect neck strain?

Over time I grew to understand that different adjustments (saddle, handlebars, pedals, stem) affect different parts of the body. Often multiple at ones and often indirectly - by altering something ...
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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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Are Adjustable Stems With Reasonable Merit?

[Question overhauled after I realised it appeared snobbish, narrow and not in good faith, as pointed out by @gschenk . This sentiment originated due to a recent failure with a critical bolt mechanism ...
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How to measure sit bone distance if I am very fat?

I saw many people over the Internet suggesting I sit on a cardboard with my feet a little lifted, mimicking my riding position, and then marking the place with chalk to reveal ny sit bones footprints. ...
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What adjustments can you do to prevent psoas tightness in an aggresive postion on a road or track bike?

I have been paying attention to my own body and I feel that together with a sedentary job and not moving more than with the bike due to the COVID restrictions, I spend a lot of time in that shortened ...
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Does a bike exist that is both very light and does not need to be ridden in a hunched over position?

I have a spinal injury that prevents me from lifting anything heavier than about 10 lbs (4.5 kg), and prevents me from being in a hunched over position, without causing myself extreme and lingering (...
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I am 5'8 I ride around bad roads what is the ideal handle bar height for me [closed]

I am 5'8 and I ride around bad roads what is the ideal handle bar height for me.
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Effects of longer and higher stem on rider position/comfort and handling

My first road bike, and the bars feel a little low and a little close. What would be the effects of switching to a stem that is 10-20mm longer, and either the same angle so the bars are slightly ...
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I'm 37, can my legs still grow?

I turned 37 this summer, and started ridding quite a lot (about 3500km in a little less than a year). When buying my carbon bike, and then aluminium commuter, I was careful to set the saddle height ...
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Knee Pain - Injury or Out of Shape?

I have been mostly lethargic for the past decade, sitting at a desk 16 hours a day. My brothers got me into mountain biking and it has been helping get me in shape. We've been doing it for about 2 ...
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Fixing leg position while turning

I've recently landed on asphalt because I've met the ground with the left pedal when turning left... It was painful, but no visible damage to me or bike... The problem is, that my natural position ...
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How should a bicycle fit? [closed]

What are the characteristic features of a bicycle well-fitted to its rider? Are there a standard set of "rider positions" that we talk about in bicyle ergonomics? What are the standard tolerances ...
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How come some cyclists lean forward at a 45 - 60 degree angle and I don't?

I just wanted to ask how come some cyclists when they ride they lean forward, with their arms straight, resemble a 45 to 60 degree angle (which looks cool by the way). I have a hybrid bike and I wish ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...