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An extra inch for her comfort and pleasure [Jun. 17th, 2005|07:12 pm]
Zoethe
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You'd have to work hard to design a better biking day than today. The sun was shining, and the breeze was cool and dry. The temperature was perfect.

So as began my pedal in the morning I found myself wondering why the hell I felt like I wa struggling. You're supposed to get in better shape from exercise, right?

Not far from the house I realized the problem: my bike seat had worked itself down a little, and I wasn't getting the proper extension on my downstroke. Fortunately, my bike has a quick-release adjustment and within two minutes I had wiggled it up an inch.

It seems like so small a thing, and yet the difference is astounding. I immediately felt stronger and quicker and the riding was a joy. This isn't the first time it has happened. For some reason the seat works itself down just that little bit and then doesn't move anymore. Which explains why Monday's ride was a bit of a struggle (that I wrote off to several days off from biking). It's gradual, this lowering, and therefore hard to notice at first. But wow, what a difference.
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2005-06-18 12:27 am (UTC)
I adore your biking icon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 06:09 am (UTC)
I love it, too!
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[User Picture]From: anansay
2005-06-18 01:45 am (UTC)
Sometimes the nut on the other side needs a little twist to tighten it so that when you snap the quick-release shut, it closes tighter.

I was riding once and my non quick-release seat began to slowly lower itself and then to twist about on the post as I pedaled. That was hilarious as hell! :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 06:08 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'll try that.

And hilarious is not the word I would think of using!
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From: flcodemonkey
2005-06-18 03:48 am (UTC)
I've had this problem with some bikes, especially after they've had a few miles. I eventually took a permanent marker and marked on the seat post the optimal location. If I couldn't see the mark when I was going to ride, I would raise the seat until I could.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 06:09 am (UTC)
I've thought about that. Alas, the stem is black, so I'm not sure it would show.
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From: flcodemonkey
2005-06-18 05:06 pm (UTC)
I've found silver permanent markers to show very well on my son's black karate gear.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 05:34 pm (UTC)
That might work. And I heve have one!
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[User Picture]From: mooskleo
2005-06-18 08:50 am (UTC)
My friends who all insist on the cool 'low rider' look when we're out all wonder why I overtake them on uphills. 'Tis all down to the leg extension!

Cycling rocks when you're pissed off.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 04:21 pm (UTC)
"low rider" is cool? I think they look like dorks!

Cycling just rocks, period.
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-06-18 04:10 pm (UTC)
this is so common in other areas of life....stress increasing in life is usually so gradual we don't catch it until it's overwhelming.....i'm glad you could adjust your bike seat.....what a difference a small dajustment makes....I have found that to be the case in life too, when overwhelmed a small adjustment settles me down
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-18 04:28 pm (UTC)
Very true.
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[User Picture]From: weirman
2005-06-20 07:58 pm (UTC)
I've had the same thing happen to me. It really is a tremendous difference. Amazing how just a few inches can totally change how your body properly operates.
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