years of riding and /or your bike head tube is wrong size.
It used to be said that every decade of riding results in extra 1cm. in your top tube.
3" difference and more between saddle and bar is commonly seen in pro peleton.
That and slammed -17deg. stems of course.
The fact that it feels uncomfortable does not indicate that the fit is wrong no more
that 190HRM is wrong even though it is uncomfortable.
I had to try it at the height to know. I am not doing other things to improve flexibility besides riding. 1cm change seems to be a good step as it is not so disruptive.
However if you have doubts about your current setup, or are curious about bike fit, I would suggest you seek out a local reputable bike fitter or knowledgeable friend who could offer you some guidance based on how you are currently riding. Slamming your stem just because all the cool flexible kids are doing it is just a recipe for pain.
Good luck with it. It's really worth going for the lowest position possible. When and if you get to a really low position it feels great. You feel like a pro.
I posted these in another forum, but the bikes below were ridden by a gentleman who is the fastest rider in the pro peleton, and his saddle to bar drop is only 90 mm according to this article (it actually looks like less in these photos). It hasn't stopped Mark Cavendish from clearly being the best sprinter in the pro ranks the last few years, lead out train or not (see 2011 WC RR).
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The trend over the years has been towards very low and longer stems, and in many eyes this gives a certain 'look' which some types find quite appealing. But you have your bars in a position that feels right rather than looks good.
And with Cavendish he is by default probably having to have the smallest frame in the range, which maybe doesn't allow as much variation in positioning than if he was a taller guy of more average proportions.
The crouching position is one of the top complaints I hear from non-cyclists. Your body will generally get more used to the discomfort after you spend more time in the saddle. So if there is SOME discomfort it may not be a deal breaker.
That said, I'd recommend trial and error in very small increments (say 5mm at a time).
Or course the other end of the spectrum -- too much drop which is torture and reduces performance -- should clearly also be avoided.
Valbrona wrote:The trend over the years has been towards very low and longer stems, and in many eyes this gives a certain 'look' which some types find quite appealing. But you have your bars in a position that feels right rather than looks good.
With the professional peloton this is probably true. With everyone else its not. High handlebars even with the saddles, upsloping stems, TALL headtubes is very common with recreational riders. And for the recreational racers and professional racers, you rarely if ever see them using the drops. Their long, low stems have the drops so low as to be unusable. All they ever use is the tops of the hoods. Always seemed rather stupid to me to put the drops so low as to be uncomfortable to use.
Be sure to listen to the body and understand what is going on. Don't listen to young wannabe pros who have zero clue.
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