My learning curve continues to be, well, curvy, with my new racing hobby. Luckily I’ve got people around me in cyberspace who know what they’re talking about.
Tim’s keen eye noticed that my saddle might be a little low in a photo or two from my last race. I had tweaked the height fairly recently and figured it must be okay, but over the last couple of rides I’ve put it up a bit and, lo and behold, I’m still not rocking all over the road. I think I’m close to the top, though, but I’ll bet I’ve gained a cm or so and it feels more stable and powerful. Good man, Tim!
I’ve also been in constant contact with Rob, who sends me long, detailed, and very useful emails on anything I ask about cycling. He’s been doing it his whole life and is simply a giant wealth of information. It’s one thing to glean stuff off the internet, but to have someone knowledgable tell you, it has currency – at least for me.
Rob suggested I lower my handlebars, since I was riding a ‘comfortable’ position, i.e. using all my spacers. He went into a discussion of drag coefficients, which, after unglazing my eyes, made me realize that I needed to get myself more horizontal on the bike. The short of it was that drag increases by a power of 3 as speed increases, so, you need to produce a lot more power, the more torso you show to the wind you are creating…or something like that. It sounds more convincing when he says it.
Therefore, I’ve taken out 1.5 cm of spacers (for now). Below is a ‘before’ shot. You can see there is nothing sticking up above the stem.