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Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?

None of the above techniques worked for me. I made no impression on the corrugated cardboard and the foil just showed a nice big bum-print after sitting a few different surfaces. I came up with my own ...
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Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?

I know this is an old thread but it's the top one on Google and I found it helpful. I tried all the methods above and I didn't have a lot of luck so I wanted to share what I tried. I made some ...
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Healthiest bike posture for slower long rides

If you are looking for the most ergonomic riding position, you should give some kind of recumbent bicycle a serious consideration. I don't have any references to data, and soreness is subjective. But ...
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I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Is it worth it to hire a bike fitting service before the purchase?

Welcome to the cycling world. This is a good question. It may not be possible to answer entirely objectively. My vote is not to get a professional fit now, but I'll outline some considerations that ...
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Correctly and incorrectly mounting a bicycle

I do not buy the stressing argument, any sprint out of the saddle will stress many parts of your bike much more. I would only be concerned with your stability during that mount and the risk of a fall ...
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What are, if any, the signature postural differences between riding a 26″ bike and a 29″ bike?

Wheel size can sometimes have repercussions on fit due to the bike design considerations where wheel size is a factor. But, those considerations largely deal with design choices rather than absolutes. ...
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Why are foot-long pedals not widely used?

I'd wager the two biggest reasons you don't see foot-sized pedals are the increased rotational weight, and the difficulty you would have catching the pedal with your foot before it struck the ground ...
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Healthiest bike posture for slower long rides

I haven't been able to find any scientific papers that focus on distance riding that don't also focus on performance (I also haven't been able to find any where the full text is available for free, ...
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Did I choose the wrong size bike?

People tend to think of fit as something for which there is a single solution, i.e., a particular combination of frame size, seatpost height, stem length, and so forth, all of which will create the ...
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Potential risks of sitting upright on the saddle during a daily commute

Of course, you will have less control over your bike if you don't hold the handle bars, especially if something unexpected happens (like a truck coming out of nowhere at full speed for example). ...
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Recommendations on how to make grips more comfortable?

I really think this is a fit issue (e.g., changing the bar height and/or reach, how you hold the bar) rather than finding softer grips or padded gloves. Numbness should be taken seriously (as it can ...
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Bicycle design for a crooked hip

Similar to the other answers it would be worthwhile getting a professional to assess your current bike fit (and potential modifications that may be required). If possible I would suggest a sports ...
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Are recumbents good for your back?

Yes, recumbents are good for your back, and backside. They provide support for the length of your back, which may be as little as a tailbone paddle, or right up to your shoulders. The longer seats ...
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Options to reduce reach on a gravel bike

When riding on the hoods reducing the reach of bars is equivalent to using a shorter stem. Only when riding on the tops a shorter stem will lead to different steering compared to shorter reach bars. A ...
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Are Adjustable Stems With Reasonable Merit?

Whether they work: Short answer yes, they do not have major widespread problems. Most problems that do occur are related to undertightening the bolts on them to start with, or adjusting them without ...
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Replacing the handlebar grips with ergonomic ones?

It is a little hard to tell from your photos, but do you have grip shifters? For setups with grip shifters, the grips are generally much shorter / narrower, as part of the "grip surface" is the ...
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Did I choose the wrong size bike?

It's likely you can fix this by making the handlebars higher and possibly moving them back towards you. That means a new stem, which is probably something you can fit yourself. This is the part I'm ...
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How to fix raised shoulder posture?

In my experience it may be a lack of core strength. So you end up leaning on your arms more, to try and lighten the load on your mid-torso muscles and lower back. Try moving around more at work, a ...
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Contradiction! Which back posture is correct for road biking?

The main issue with the posture images you included (shown again below) is that both positions represent extreme positions and both are likely problematic, despite one being labeled as correct. The ...
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The palms of my hands really hurt

You are correct that a leant-forward riding position will naturally tend to make a rider support some of their weight with their arms and hands. The more rotated forward the rider is, the more weigh ...
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Should one buy a used Brooks saddle that is already broken in?

Q1: A bad idea because it is already broken-in in a way that means it is irreparably shapes for the previous owners body? It is possible to reshape a leather saddle by first soaking it in water, ...
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Should one buy a used Brooks saddle that is already broken in?

I've purchased a couple of used leather saddles. The ones that were barely used or just broken in were fine, but there was one well-used one that was the exception. Its sit bone area was visibly lower ...
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I sit real far back on my saddle

As others have said, just because the bike shop says it's a good fit, doesn't make it so. Their incentive is to sell a bike off the floor so they'll find the one that fits best and sell it to you. I ...
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Will short arm crank conversion work for me?

We cannot tell you what size cranks you need. Perhaps someone has direct or similar experience to help you with. If not, here's my advice ... In order of preference Talk to the rehabilitation ...
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How to carry a step-through/mixte bike

Find the centre of mass of your bike, which is usually just above the BB+downtube. There are two strategies for carrying the bike, assuming that the bike does not have any heavy accessories such as ...
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Bicycle design for a crooked hip

First thing I would do is consult a LBS (local bike shop) that does quality bike fittings. There are a variety of things that can be done at minimal cost. My local shop does work on hand cycles and ...
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Can I install an upright handlebar (curved towards me) on a touring bike?

is this a good idea? Or is there some danger that I'm not aware of? You can safely install different shapes of handlebars on all bikes (when done properly). If you want to keep your current stem, ...
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Can I install an upright handlebar (curved towards me) on a touring bike?

Although that bike has "touring" written on it, I wouldn't describe it as a touring bike. To me (and, I think, most cylists), a touring bike is a drop-handlebar bike similar to a racing bike, but with ...
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I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Is it worth it to hire a bike fitting service before the purchase?

I suspect a fitting will be overkill - perhaps after 6-12 months when you've settled into cycling more. As you ride a bit, you'll get an idea of what works and what doesn't work for you. Doing that ...
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Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?

There is one more method people here aren't talking about... Sit on a bike on a trainer, get into riding position, and have someone you don't mind touching you physically measure your sit bones, in ...
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