Compendium of Internet Fit Advice


#1001

I’m thinking about carpal tunnel surgery as it’s a year and a half since the Tour Aotearoa and I still get right hand numbness. Have a session with the physio next week to see Wtf is causing left side sciatica as well. I’m kind of hoping it’s connected.


#1002

I think I need a longer stem. But I do need to reconsider my saddle choice.


#1003

i get that in my left foot when i am riding ever since i broke a toe (fractured the end of the metatarsal where it joins the phalanges) a few years back. been wondering if that’ll ever go away, but thus far the answer seems to be no.


#1004

I think I need a longer stem. But I do need to reconsider my saddle choice.[/quote]

a guy came into the shop i used to work at once and told me that half of his penis was going numb. before asking which half, i referred him to the male fitter, who ended up dropping his saddle a smidge and dropping to nose like a mm or two. apparently it worked, as he never returned with any more uncomfortable details about penile numbness.


#1005

what do you do when the q. factor on your FS MTB is like, way too wide, and you fuck up your knees b/c they are collapsing inside when climbing? We have a lot of hard, 1+hr climbs here and I fucked either my lateral meniscus or lateral collateral ligament.

2 weeks off the bike and i’m riding again fine, but i am not gonna MTB again until that shit is sorted

cranks are as narrow as possible on the frame, cleats in as much as possible, etc.


#1006

my knees adjusted after mtbing more. likely built up slightly better knee stability after riding my mtb more than my road bike for the last 6 mos.

have you tried anything like varus wedges under your insoles to angle your foot? usually helps prevent your knees from turning in as much.


#1007

Or go to a podiatrist and get your feet stabilized


#1008

i get that in my left foot when i am riding ever since i broke a toe (fractured the end of the metatarsal where it joins the phalanges) a few years back. been wondering if that’ll ever go away, but thus far the answer seems to be no.[/quote]

It’s never going away. There are bone fragments all over my hand, you can see visible bumps in my skin. A surgeon at Cedar Sinai told me we can either fuse the joint giving me a permanently half-formed claw hand or we can leave it and I’ll have arthritis for the rest of my life. At the age of 25 I didn’t want a claw hand. So now my hand just hurts all the time and goes numb when I ride. I don’t tend to notice it unless other parts of me start following suit and then I get worried. It could be worse, I could have a claw hand.

EDIT: I say this but I also lost all feeling in a finger for 3 years only to have it come back slowly. Nerve repair is a weird slow process.


#1009

[quote=bobbythehawk]what do you do when the q. factor on your FS MTB is like, way too wide, and you fuck up your knees b/c they are collapsing inside when climbing? We have a lot of hard, 1+hr climbs here and I fucked either my lateral meniscus or lateral collateral ligament.

2 weeks off the bike and i’m riding again fine, but i am not gonna MTB again until that shit is sorted

cranks are as narrow as possible on the frame, cleats in as much as possible, etc.[/quote]

Yo get some nice insoles for ur shoes. I have very pronounced arches and when I ski or ride my feet tend to kind of flatten out and I go a bit knock-kneed. Having an insole with extra sch support helps a lot. Makes a huge difference for me on skis, less so on teh bike but it def helps.

Teh super feet jawns seem alright but if you can get custom ones I would consider that


#1010

amy, haven’t tried wedges on the MTB. I’m sure you’re right about the adjustment- I used to MTB much more than road, but this year I decided to have a crack at racing and have been riding 10+ hrs per week on the road, and maybe 2 on the MTB if I have the energy. Had a proper fit on the road and it’s been awesome, but it’s not really translating.

i have access to currex, they have a bunch of different types, and custom if needed.

I’ll go get measured and order up some up. I’ve been meaning to get some for my day-to-day shoes. I’m on my feet all day, on concrete, and get plantar fasciitis. Which sucks.


#1011

Haven’t put in a great amount of miles yet but so far the increased reach feels better, especially on longer rides. The only thing I still find disconcerting is my neck position. In younger times I had probably even more reach than I do now and I don’t recall it ever being an issue. I guess it’s just another thing I’ll adapt to.


#1012

After moving 2 weeks ago, my weekly miles have increased a ton, and for the first time, the front of my knees hurt on my bike. I’m not clipped in. Ideas?


#1013

Slide your feet forward a little? Take a few days off and heal, then try again. You’re mileage has gone way up and it’s going to take a little while to adjust.


#1014

saddle up a teeny bit, saddle back a teeny bit, feet a bit further forward on the pedals. shoes with thinner soles, when possible, unless this is the summer of fun platform espadrilles.


#1015

Sometimes, but only with dresses. Most of the time it’s converse or chacos. I’m too practical.


#1016

Good choices, I wear 50% of those shoes! I was mostly just goofing, but if you are on platform pedals, sometimes changes in shoe sole thickness can lead to complications. Real talk: front-knee pain usually means that you don’t have enough extension from hip to midfoot. Also worth considering - do your knees track straight through your pedal stroke, or do they move laterally a bit?


#1017

I seem to remember someone on here saying that they had a fitting stem that they would be willing to let me borrow? We’re having an ass of a time getting ladybiek’s stem right, and we can’t keep buying them to try. Is that offer still on the table?


#1018

I’ve got the Salsa fit stem up here if you’re in the area. Otherwise I don’t think it would cost you much to ship it.


#1019

Cool, I’ll let you know. She thinks our friend has one, but I suspect it’s just an adjustable junk hybrid stem, so we’ll see what the deal is there.


#1020

I’ve been thinking that I might like a bar with slightly flared drops, but also a lot of drop, not some ridiculous Cowchipper type thing. I am spending more time in the drops these days, and it’s hard to find a good hand postion at the base of the hooks with a simple curve.

Is there a clearly better option than the Compass Maes? I’d have to use a much shorter stem if I switched to it from a Zipp SL88, but I like that it brings the bar tops in very close while keeping the hoods roughly where they would be on another bar.