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Why Am I So Sore?

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psychlist said:
This sounds like sage advice. You must be in pretty good shape right now. The hard part will probably be riding easy enough to give your body a chance to get used to the Cervelo.
> Elapid - Much as I hate to contradict what your coach is telling you, might thoughts are that you are taking a long while to 'get used to' the Cervelo.

Whilst there might be subtle differences in ride comfort due to the difference in bike construction (I am assuming the Lynskey is Ti), if all the reference points of your bike fit are the same for both bikes, your body won't 'see' any difference. This includes identical saddles, angles etc. Yes the way it handles will change and one might pick up more vibration than the other, but this no more difference than say swapping from a heavy set of wheels to light carbons. The amount of discomfort you are describing seems extreme.

If you havent done so already, it might be worth sending a video of both bike fits to your coach. You may look OK on the one that you sent, but your coach should be able to pick up the difference if he reviews both. Sounds like you also need a visit to a good cycling Osteopath.
 
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> Elapid - Much as I hate to contradict what your coach is telling you, might thoughts are that you are taking a long while to 'get used to' the Cervelo.

Whilst there might be subtle differences in ride comfort due to the difference in bike construction (I am assuming the Lynskey is Ti), if all the reference points of your bike fit are the same for both bikes, your body won't 'see' any difference. This includes identical saddles, angles etc. Yes the way it handles will change and one might pick up more vibration than the other, but this no more difference than say swapping from a heavy set of wheels to light carbons. The amount of discomfort you are describing seems extreme.

If you havent done so already, it might be worth sending a video of both bike fits to your coach. You may look OK on the one that you sent, but your coach should be able to pick up the difference if he reviews both. Sounds like you also need a visit to a good cycling Osteopath.

Thanks, davidg. My coach and another person on the CTS team who is good with biomechanics have both looked at the video and found no real problems. I rode the R3 for the first time after the Bicycle Tour of Colorado (where I rode the Lynskey, which is titanium) on the weekend for 90 km. This ride was much better, but I did have some hamstring soreness and some right-sided upper adductor soreness during the ride (which quickly dissipated afterwards). I was not wearing my Camelbak and the ride was in cooler weather (30 minutes of torrential downpour on dirt roads in fact). I did feel stretched out for a while, but also noticed that my handlebars were rotated forward bringing my hoods down and forward and thus stretching me out. I felt much better on the bike once I corrected the handlebar rotation. So I am still left wondering whether the previous soreness was due to heat stress and the current mild soreness on the bike, which is perfectly acceptable to me, is a matter of fine tuning and the R3 being stiffer than the Lynskey. I contacted another fitter last night and waiting to hear back from him.