Monty wrote:*** Arse Update ***
Well, I've done about 60 road miles on the 'Spoon'...3 x 20 mile rides. It's no armchair, that's for sure! But there is improvement, so I'm happy with that.
I've also dropped the bars by around 7-8mm which seems to have taken some weight of my sit bones as I'm pitched forward a bit more. Annoyingly the cheapo Halfords bike has a better position than Evans' finest as it's bars were lower & I'd not noticed this until riding the Pinnacle a couple of times!
That's often the case.
Monty wrote:The other thing I've been trying to do is not ride in the longest gear possible on the flat, rather to pedal a little faster which is actually easier going. This was due to me getting upper/inner thigh strain earlier in the week & I saw someone had mentioned riding 'on the big cog' as being a possible cause when Googling it. I dropped the saddle height a wee bit too which could've helped as well.
The good side of all this is that I'm actually enjoying cycling, which I really wasn't before!
Now you're into the technical stuff. What you're describing is a ( technical shit alert ) low gear / high cadence approach. This is the most bio mechanically efficient way of riding, over shorter distances. However, it gets a bit more complicated if you want to do endurance riding ( big miles / long hours ). Unless you have people feeding you 'on the hoof' or you're carrying a lot of sustainance, it's preferable to keep your heart rate, or ( if you know your functional threshold power, and training zone requirements, and have power meters fitted) in or around 'Zone 2'. This needs a relatively low cadence / high gear approach, which needs the bike to be fitted / set up very well, to reduce the possibility of injury. Most people don't need to ride like this, so don't need to worry about it too much. But it's nice to have things like power meters, and Watt bikes available now, so that you know how to use your bike in the most efficient manner, for your requirements. There are some really good technical 'bike fits' available now ( Retul fits and the like) to make sure you are using the bike in the most bio mechanically efficient manner as well. You don't get knackered / injured, quite so easily.