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Gummee! 02-06-2012 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by RxZ (Post 17921481)
:hmmmmmI hadn't thought of a longer seat post! That may be just the ticket to get me through the up coming summer. Follow up question: With a longer seat, would I need to also raise the handle bars? The seat and bars are pretty much level as it is, and I don't think I would want to lean over that much :dunno

Depends.

Try it with just the seatpost first. Leaning over isn't bad. (and it's easily rectified with riser bars)

M

ImaPoser 02-06-2012 04:18 PM

Ahh, much better. Temp was 45, but since I knew what it really was, I dressed correctly and had a good 25 mile ride. :clap
Thanks for the inspiration to get out there. :thumb
Now I just need that sun to stay up a bit longer so I can get my ride in without skipping out of work early.....:uhoh

Aurelius 02-06-2012 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 17923797)
My GF runs the Racing model on her tri bike. Not for me. It's like sitting on a sculpted 2 X 4. :huh

:lol3 That's what I expected it to be like when I first saw one. It looks like some torture device, and I couldn't imagine how sitting on those two "prongs" in front could be tolerable for more than a few seconds, but somehow it works wonders for me.

TheNedster 02-06-2012 07:28 PM

Trials bikes? We don't need no steenkin' trials bikes!

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ducnut 02-06-2012 07:55 PM

^^^ Cool!

MN_Smurf 02-07-2012 03:46 AM

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Originally Posted by RxZ (Post 17921229)
Second, my butt hurts! Stupid seat on my bike! Or maybe, I am just not used to it. :dunno

If you're going to go the new seat route, go to a bike shop and get your sit bone width measured and buy a seat based on that. Specialized (for example) makes most of their seats in 2-3 different widths. I was training for the MS-150 a few years ago and just couldn't get comfortable on the bike as the rides increased in length....until I bought a saddle that was the right width. Between that and the Chamois Butt'r (skin lube), I can take a few months off the bike and not get a sore seat when I get back on.

Chisenhallw 02-07-2012 05:33 AM

Alright, I am ready to send TheYeti money for his Cannondale frame. Also, I am heading out this morning to scout out a 17 mile route I found on mapmyride. :clap

Gummee! 02-07-2012 06:15 AM

Link
Splains some things about AC's suspension

M

vfr700 02-07-2012 07:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee! (Post 17928805)
Link
Splains some things about AC's suspension

M

I think AC's Chimera twin ate tainted beef after downing a few shots of Johnnie Walker, that splains it.

RxZ 02-07-2012 08:33 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

For the seat, I think i am going to keep the seat itself, and try a longer tube. Seems to be the simplest and cheapest option. More than likely, my back side hurts because I haven't done this in a long time. And it is a "wow, that was a good workout, I sure am sore" type of hurt, and not "Get me to the ER now this hurts so bad" type of pain. I just need to get used to it. I know that the bike's frame is too small, but I just need it to work until I can make sure that I want to spend the money on better equipment. So for now, I think a longer seat post will be fine.

I did get a tip from a friend about the website Huck n Roll. Good stuff there! I picked up a helmet (I know, 7 mile trail ride in nothing but trees is not smart without a helmet, but oh well) and some gloves for right at $50. Much cheaper than I would have been able to get (for this quality) at either Wal-Mart or Academy. Reviews online for the Louis Garneau helmet seemed pretty good, so I took a chance on it (for 60% off why not).

So, what I have learned: Get in shape! That will solve a lot of problems. Once in better shape for the trails, see what works and what doesn't, talk to others more experienced, then purchase from there.

Mr. J 02-07-2012 06:05 PM

does everyone but me know about this magazine?

http://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/

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ducnut 02-07-2012 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. J (Post 17934241)

I do and have been a member, for a few years.

fullmonte 02-07-2012 07:54 PM

So according to the calendar, its winter (even though it feels like spring) here. Because we get buckets of rain instead of snow, I decided to install a Kenda Nevegal 2.2 tire on the back of the 29er today. Its so wide that the knobs rub against the front derailleur when in the small ring.:baldy

pierce 02-07-2012 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by fullmonte (Post 17935342)
So according to the calendar, its winter (even though it feels like spring) here. Because we get buckets of rain instead of snow, I decided to install a Kenda Nevegal 2.2 tire on the back of the 29er today. Its so wide that the knobs rub against the front derailleur when in the small ring.:baldy

trim off just that last bit of knobs with a sharp razor cutter :deal

Askel 02-08-2012 01:31 AM

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Originally Posted by fullmonte (Post 17935342)
Its so wide that the knobs rub against the front derailleur when in the small ring.:baldy


2.2? Wide? :razor


But yeah, it ain't so much the tire, it's the 29er geometry. You have to cram that rear wheel right up against the seat tube. Things get tight.

On my Kahuna:
http://www.feep.org/gallery/d/51867-2/SANY0692.JPG


Thinking of going 1x9 on that bike...


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