why a lower saddle is more tiring, especially on climbs

I am in the process of lowering my MUni seat so much that standing on
the pedals lifts my butt off the saddle at every crank orientation. I
should have done it earlier. Thanks those who suggested it.

The first few rides that had many climbs in them were more tiring than
with the saddle higher. Not unsurprising right? I reckon it is
because:

  1. if I remain seated, my upper legs (main source of power) swing
    through a smaller angle. Since the power has to be the same, the force
    mustered by the muscles have to be larger.
  2. if I stand up, I have to support my weight through my legs; this
    also requires more muscle effort in the legs.
  3. as I had gotten accustomed to with a high seat on which I remained
    seated, I pulled indiscriminately hard on the seat on climbs. When
    standing on the pedals, the increased ‘weight’ had to be overcome by
    my legs.

OK, this third reason is sort of stupid and I added it just for
completeness’ sake; now that I know this I don’t pull too hard
anymore. But the other two reasons don’t go away.

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Klaas,

Could it also be 4: you are riding up stuff you otherwise would have gotton off and walked at or circomnavigated? Ya, it can be way more tiring; eventualy you will develope big oversized legs like Greg Harper and have to shop at the Big & Tall Outlet or Victoria’s Secret just to find something that will fit, but will eat big hills for lunch and yawn unimpressed.

-Christopher

I ate a big hill for lunch today. It was all grassy and yummy. I would rather have been at Victoria’s Secret shopping for my NAUCC outfit but they have asked me to leave so many times that I am embarrassed to go in there anymore. I never yawn, unimpressed, at Victoria’s Secret .

harper, you’ve made me out to sound like such a pervert…and I thank you for it!!! :stuck_out_tongue:

Re: why a lower saddle is more tiring, especially on climbs

On Mon, 24 Mar 2003 15:14:51 -0600, rhysling
<rhysling.ktyi2@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Could it also be 4: you are riding up stuff you otherwise would have
>gotton off and walked at or circomnavigated?
No, I don’t think the lower saddle made me more daring in trying to
ride things up. In fact, I usually try to ride things up even if I’m
pretty sure I won’t make it. Planned UPDs?

>big oversized legs like Greg Harper
Does he? I have to recheck that one photo of Greg. You know which one
I mean.

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