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    How to ride a FS

    Here's a stoopid question for you:

    How do you ride a FS bike?

    Reason I'm asking is that I've seen loads of stuff about people shifting from FS to HT & being told they need to stand on the pedals more, rather than sitting down. I'm a HT rider & have just moved to FS, so I spend most of my time standing.

    I tend to sit if it's a long flat or climb. If I'm moving quick, I'm standing.

    I know it'll be mostly personal preference, but do most people sit down alot?
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    Sit whilst climbing / on the flat. But always stood on the descents.
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    Ditto. Anything more interesting than dead flat and climbing is out of the seat.

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    As above I'm off the saddle when descending or going over rough stuff. Well that's the plan anyway!
    I tend to sit more on the FS because my arse doesn't take such a beating as when I'm on the HT. Why am I sitting anyway? My knees are not youthful any more.
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    You can sit down on a FS more due to the increased comfort, but that's just lazy and reduces your control. I only sit down on smooth bits, even uphill and flat there are lots of obstacles that I prefer to get out of the seat for. It tends to be more fun if you're throwing the bike around a bit instead of just waiting for the bike to do the work.
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    Cool. I think I was asking out of curiosity more than anything else.

    I always tended to ride standing up & chuck the bike around anyway (partly why I ride small frames), and just kind of carried this on, but with a bit of bounce at the back.
    Never did understand why people said they rode sitting down on faster descending bits & couldn't get the hang of a HT (Unless you're old & knackered like Steve )
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    Quote Originally Posted by reevil View Post
    ............Unless you're old & knackered like Steve
    Yup, that's me! Old and knackered (but not lazy).
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