A am reading a discussion by a group of randonneurs in another forum talk about the need to stand on the pedals to stretch out the body’s muscles. These ultra marathoners suggest doing so about every 1/2 to one hour. It sure makes sense to me. Does anyone do this? I think I want to try to do this more often (especially with my crumby back)
My rule of thumb is to stand every 10-15 minutes for about 30 seconds. This helps with blood flow and keeps you from the dreaded “numbness.” I ride a Rolls saddle and it’s comfy. Quality Pearl Izumi bib shorts and Nubutte chamois cream keep me comfortable too. But all that being said, you should relieve the pressure on the perineum and the best way to do that is to stand up!
BTW, this thread reminds me of the guy who did RAGBRAI without a saddle on his bike. Was raising awareness for colon cancer if I recall. Anybody else remember that guy? Mountain bike without a seat. Stood the entire route. Saw him a couple of years.
Stop and walk thru every town. 1: You don’t have a choice but to stop and get off your bike in many of the towns. 2: By slowing down, you get a chance to explore. You will find the most memorable things of the week when you least expect it. 3: Support the people who took the time and effort to come out and support you (Ragbrai). Even if you don’t buy anything from them, a little good will goes a long way.
If it feels good to stand up, stand up. If you’re on a fixie, well, that’s your problem. I stand up when I feel like it, sometimes every 15 minutes, sometimes every half hour. There is no rule, as far as I’m concerned, other than do it when you feel like it.
It takes forever for me to find it, but there’s a sweet spot in seat height where you can actually be standing on your pedals (not obvious to outside observer) and your butt is just enough off the seat to give it a rest. Once you find that spot, mark it with a marker because invariably someone will adjust it and it will take two years to find it again.
Man without a seat is Bareback, he’s the best (proud to say he’s my friend!). He rides with loads of tubes and tires and stops and helps every flat along the way, all while standing the entire time.
And yeah, on Ragbrai, most pass through towns get so bottlenecked, you’ll have no choice but to get off the bike and walk, which can be good for a change of position. Some of the pro riders I “try” to keep up with in training taught me to stand regularly when slowing or coasting, just to stretch and get the blood flowing.
Shoot, almost time to start packing!
Probably shouldn’t, but I often stand up on the downhills. Airs out my jersey, (or makes air conditioning out of it if its wet). Gives me time to get everything situated again (pull the shorts out of my arse). Then sit back down and pedal up the next hill.