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Has anyone else noticed their bike growing?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Brock, 2 Nov 2007.

  1. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    You know the old 'did you know' about being slightly taller when you get up in the morning than in the evening? Well my bike feels perfect in the morning, but when I hop on it after a days work I sometimes feel that the reach is a bit long. I could do with a 'morning/night' dial to shorten the stem maybe. Anyone else noticed this phenomenon?
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    When I notice the reach is too long, it means I've had a heavy lunch!
     
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Yeah sometimes the tyres feel too hard then too soft ;) Yeah mine feels uite stretched upon starting then quite short in the cockpit dept upon thrashing it to kingdom come ! :smile:
     
  4. bianco

    bianco New Member

    That probably means your stem is a few mm too long in the first place
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You clearly need to buy a new bike.
     
  6. col

    col Veteran

    I read somewhere that when we get up in the morning,we are about half an inch taller than when we went to bed.Something to do with our spines relaxing,and as the day goes on,compressing,could be a factor possibly?
     
  7. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    Your intervetebral discs (rather like a tyre filed with jelly) compress under weight (whilst you are upright during the day). I think there are 23 of them (your sacral and coccyx bones are fused), so if they each compress just 0.5mm you have lost 11.5mm.
     
  8. purpleR

    purpleR Senior Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    you've got the dreaded shrinks.
     
  9. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    I usually find that upon getting on my bike it is a bit skittish and feels too tight, but after about 15mins it has smoothed out.

    Part of it is me warming up and becoming more flexible
    Part of it is really needing a 54cm frame not a 56cm