If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Or something like that.
Moving the cleat position on my shoes has changed my riding position.
I tried to compensate by moving the seat a bit forward; moving the cleats back means my feet are further forward on the pedals.
After about a hundred miles, things still don't feel quite right.
I'm gonna try and leave the cleats where they are for now:
Ooops! That's a turkey sandwich and a pickle. Here's the cleat:
As you can see, I'm on the rear set of attachments, but not all the way back yet. I used to be on the front attachments; cleat position was on the balls of the feet. Now they are slightly behind, closer to the arch. I'm going to move them a couple of millimeters back.
The strange thing is, positioning my foot forward on the pedals, did not result in a change of seat position. I tried it, but moved the seat back to it's original mark.
This is easy to keep track of for the seat rails are marked:
You wouldn't think so, but just two millimeters makes a difference in how the seat feels and how it feels when you pedal. Moving it up two spaces felt strange; I gave it a hundred miles of so before moving it back.
Oh, I just remembered. I did move the seat post up about a quarter inch after moving the cleats back. That seemed to help.
Boy, I really dislike fooling around with my position on the bike. I mean it takes time to find a position that feels right, especially on long rides. Stopping in the middle of a ride to adjust things is not my idea of fun, but I guess it's required.
My hands have also been taking a beating. Although I have bar ends and can change my position on the bars, numbness has become a problem.
Yes, it's probably core strength; as I get fatigued, I tend to lean on my hands.
My neck also gets tired so I'm going to try and move my bars up a bit:
New position, about an eighth of inch higher:
Again, changes like that may not seem like much, but believe me, they make a difference. In fact, minute changes can totally change how you feel on the bike.
There's tons of resources on the webs on position, enough to take each with a grain of salt. You just have to try and see what works for you.
Why am I doing this?
That's right, Summer is here and as soon as work is done, I'm getting on my bike and riding off into the sunset.
Okay, not really.
I do want to take some longer epic rides this summer, so I figured now is the time to fool around with my position on the bike.
Hopefully, I'll make the right adjustments.