I’ve been trying to take advantage of mild temps to get in some bike rides. Once the temps go below 70°, I’m on foot or indoors until Spring. (Why, yes, I am a wimp!)
Recently, I noticed that my miles per hour haven’t improved that much, if at all. On a hybrid/comfort bike, I’ll never be zipping around at Tour de France speeds (like I’m sure I would if I had a road bike *snerk*), but I would have expected to see the mph nudge upward as the season progressed. Not so, this year. Since I have noticed a difference in my attack on hills–hillability, if you will–I haven’t worried about it.
Well, as I was pedaling along yesterday, I realized that my legs weren’t really extending that much on the downstrokes, which meant that I wasn’t getting much push from each circuit. I was pedaling like…a crazy pedalin’ gal, but not gaining much distance. And then it occurred to me that I hadn’t checked my seat height…in forever. Duh! Off I hopped and sure enough, my seat post had descended completely. I adjusted it so that my legs now extend almost completely while pedaling. I has DRIVE! I also have a little bit of leg soreness and can tell you exactly which muscles are getting more use, post-adjustment.
The ride felt good, though. Pushy, but comfortable. The odd thing is that I hadn’t noticed being particularly uncomfortable before.
Should you now be concerned that you’re also low-riding (or hightailing, as the case may be), here’s a link to tips for adjusting your bike seat height for both comfort, safety, and maximum efficiency.
If you’re more the stationary bike type, seat height is still important. Here are some tips for adjusting the stationary bike properly.
I’m going to restablish my former habit of checking my seat height pre-ride and maybe even tinker with it from time to time just to see what happens. It’s amazing what even a slight adjustment will accomplish!
Oooh, nice segue, Cammy!
Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine of weight management that we don’t realize when something isn’t working so well. It’s always a good idea to hop off the machine periodically and give it a once over. Sometimes a little adjustment here or there will give us the DRIVE we need to smooth out the road ahead.
Are there any little adjustments you need to make?
Happy Monday, everyone!