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gloves and saddles

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I think I am in need of some cycle gloves and a new saddle----<br><br>
do any of you have any recommendations for good gloves and saddles? (I dont really have a lot of money to spend---so tell me what you would recommend if money were not an object, and than tell me what you would for someone on a budget)....<br><br><br>
I am leaning towards to terry butterfly seat (cause it has gotten so many good reviews) but didnt know if there was something out there a little cheaper--or even if any of you had a seat you that didnt fit you right (I could possibly buy from you--if that ok to say on here?)....<br><br>
Gloves are for handler bar comfort and not warmth reasons.....<br><br><br>
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the Fizik seats are pretty popular with a lot of people, there is nothing magic about the terrys, but they do seem to fit many women well. A good saddle will last for a couple bikes, so it's an investment.<br><br>
In terms of gloves, any old thing is fine--the larger question is if you are trying a workaround for poor posture on the bike which cases nerve damage and numbness--look at your elbows and ensure they are bent, rotate your pelvis forward and try to have just a light pressure on your hands--resting the hands on the curve of the bars tends to cause many problems and is a common new rider technique, I think due to some muscle weakness. Work on your bike posture with some thought and your hands will feel better--the pain in your hands may start with your hips, rotate them forward--
First, make sure your seat is level, use a broom or carpenter's level to get it right. Assuming the bike is set up properly, a good way to develop proper habits it to set the base of your pointing finger on the hoods, the just let your fingers hang without gripping hard. Now, bent the elbows and roll them in so they sit behind your hands, try top get your forearms about paralell with the ground. In looking at the pictures below, the first is a fairly typical straight arms style, the next is me, sitting up a bit high but still somewhat rotated, the next illustrates three decent ways to sit on the bike, i'm last in line and clearly wost, note the first rider in line has a good rotation of the hips and a flat back. Finally, the last is a fully rotated pelvis and a very flat back.<br><br>
Rotating the pelvis and keeping the arms in good position takes concentration and practice, use store windows and just your own eyes and feel to see if you need to scoot the butt back and rotate the pelvis forward to get the flat back you need. In general, numb hands are a sign that something is wrong with how you sit on the bike.<br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;">
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Good--once you are in your "good" position, dial into some cues about how it feels, loose hands, elbows in, flat back, then as you ride, make sure to run back through the cues to reposition yourself--the real trick is when you are trying to go hard and discipling yourself to keep the form strict, that's where I struggle, that last picture is of a guy just riding his guts out but he is loose with a flat back, while riding down cobblestone, ouch--this video of Jan Ulrich has some really nice examples of how he was able to keep his position good even when riding very hard at the end of a 5 hour race:<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>
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