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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by James, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    Come on people! Let's step it up a notch!!!

    Have a pretty neat ride though the Carson Valley planned for this weekend. It's only about 40 miles or so, nice and rolling, almost no cars. Be good to start easing back into the longer rides.

    Also have an appointment with my ortho guy on Monday, maybe we can continue getting to the bottom of my horrible debilitating knee pains. Cycling helps, to a point, then it hurts, but it always hurts. Driving, walking, standing, sitting...

    Finishing putting the touches on my dad's new road bike. Well, new to him, I'm building up one of my old frames for him, as he wants to get back out there. Plus he's kind of holding one of my bikes hostage, so I said I would ship his as soon as mine gets shipped...

    What else is going out there in everyone's roadie world?
     

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  2. OGRipper

    OGRipper Turbo Monkey

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    I did two really awesome rides up at Tahoe over the weekend. It was a weekend of debauchery so the group I was with didn't want to go huge distances, but on Saturday we rode about 50 miles, then on Sunday (hungover, sleep deprived, and dehydrated) we did another 40 or so up through emerald bay and all that stuff. It was absolutely perfect weather and really gorgeous since there was still a bunch of snow around.

    Ok, I did my part...
     
  3. proglife

    proglife Monkey

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    I'm trying to figure out whether or not my stem is too long. I feel too Superman'd out, but I don't know whether it's normal on road bikes or not. 59cm frame/130mm stem. Anyone know a non-cryptic resource that explains how to set this up?
     
  4. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I know saying, "it's subjective" doesn't help you, but really, truly, "right" is what feels right to you. If you feel stretched out, then you are and you'll probably get neck pain or something.

    130mm is pretty long. Did you buy in a bike shop? Do they do fittings as part of the purchase? Most shops do and one thing they almost all do for free is swap stems. (they charge for swapping other parts)

    Ask them for help. If they can't, then ya, get a shorter stem, like 100mm and see if that works.

    As for fitting, here is some good advice to start with.
     
  5. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    When I was sized for my last bike, he recommended a 140mm stem (!). I have put a 120mm on there, and I am super-happy with the fit of the bike...

    I'd like to get a "real" fit done at some point, but I don't think there is anyone around here who's really set up for that...
     
  6. proglife

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    how tall are you, if you don't mind?

    I was wrong, the stem is a 120mm. My arms are close to locked. I feel like they should be bent more?

    LordOpie, I was trying to buy it at a LBS for reasons such as this, but it wasn't happening.
     
  7. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I guess somethings aren't subjective... yeah, do not lock any joint.

    Click the link I posted for fitting guidance.

    See if there's a shop in town that has a good reputation for fitting. It'll cost you $100-200 for the fitting, but it's worth it. If swinging that cash right now is too much, then buy a 90mm stem with a bigger angle.

    If you've never swapped stems before, learn about the process and maintaining pressure on the headset. If you would rather have a shop install it, no worries, should be $15-20.
     
  8. proglife

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    What takes place during a fitting?

    I could do the stem myself. I built my Cove and I'm still alive. My first stem swap was pretty embarrassing, though. I was in college and I went off a little curb and faceplanted in front of 50-100 people between classes.
     
  9. Mike B.

    Mike B. Turbo Monkey

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    Road content? Today's scheduled road ride turned into a mountain ride instead to avoid the sustained 25mph winds out of the NW. Didn't get to put the new Keos and Sidi 5.5 carbons to the test yet but looking forward to it. Wednesday is a running day so Thursday's 30 miler will be the first ride with the new gear.

    A quick 70 coming up on Saturday because I have a charity metric century new week and haven't done anything that long yet this season. Why do charity rides turn into races? I'll sit back and watch the elitist racer boys take off then just cruise the course and make my donation, f' em.
     
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    Rode home in a 15 - 20mph wind. Sucked. Crosswinds whipped my wheels all over.
     
  11. gonefirefightin

    gonefirefightin free wieners

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    hey james, how about your rich a$$ sends me a bike to ride while i am stuck here in washington for several weeks.
     
  12. James

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    I'm 6'2" or so.
    The TT on the bike is a bit shorter than I was used to, but it works with this bike.
     
  13. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    Rich??? I'm pu-pu-pu-poor! I just spend waaaaay too much money on my bikes.

    And yeah, I'll get right on that, send me your address, then go wait by the door, it'll be there shortly...
     
  14. DirtyMike

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    Leg length, torso length, shoulder width, overall reach. Weather or not your looking for a comfy fit, or a performance fit. Old injuries, surguries. All this plays into the proper fit and posture on your bike. which is also somehting a good fitter will go over with you while they are doing your fitting. There is more, just figured I would give you an idea.






    P.S. one very important measurement...... Sit bones!!!! A good fitting seat goes a very long way!!!
     
  15. DRB

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    did around 60 miles yesterday (30 or so by myself and the rest with a fairly large group of mountain bikers), it was chilly and had to work hard to stay warm. However, the wind was with me for the majority of the day unlike normal.

    With that group there is no warm up its just attack, regroup, attack, regroup.
     
  16. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Bike to work week is in two weeks and I've committed to biking one day. It's a fairly hilly 31 miles one way. For some reason, I thought it was 40 miles. Free breakfast and prizes that week for people who bike commute. :thumb:
     
  17. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    You riding deep dish wheels?
     
  18. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Post up pics of your bike. Sometimes if there is something glaring someone will notice it.

    If your feeling stretched, a shorter stem or moving the saddle forward some might help...maybe raising the bars(probably a new stem with more rise is the only way)...rotating the bars up...
     
  19. ire

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    I spent last weekend doing hill repeats on a cool climb, and the weather was nice....now it sucks :( I swapped my 105 stuff off my road bike for Ultegra (the 105 will go on the new cross bike); I have one ride on the new stuff and I'm impressed......its been years since I've ran anything above 105 on the road.
     
  20. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I hope we have free breakfast. not that is makes any difference. we have 1 bike commuter here , me
     
  21. gonefirefightin

    gonefirefightin free wieners

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    james.......I havent recieved a tracking number yet?
     
  22. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    I sent it to:
    GoneFireFightin
    Washington

    UPS 1-day, so it should be there!
     
  23. gonefirefightin

    gonefirefightin free wieners

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    :wait: