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Old 03-11-2013, 07:36 AM   #27616
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I'm using standard issue padded gloves. Are you supposed to squeeze the seat between your knees in those situations? I was told to do just the opposite and to let the bike move around under me, but that makes keeping my balance on the bike more difficult when standing.
I was taught to do that when I started riding mountain bikes as a kid, I'm not sure if it's right or not, but it keeps me attached to the bikes while allowing my arms to stay loose and bent at the elbows.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:38 AM   #27617
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I was taught to do that when I started riding mountain bikes as a kid, I'm not sure if it's right or not, but it keeps me attached to the bikes while allowing my arms to stay loose and bent at the elbows.
I'll try that and see if it makes a difference.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #27618
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Nice! Any pics of that S-Works you mentioned earlier?
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #27619
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Nice! Any pics of that S-Works you mentioned earlier?
I haven't taken any pictures of it myself, but it shows up in a photo one of my riding buddies took of his new Niner yesterday. Hint: mine is the white one.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 AM   #27620
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Damn! nice ride!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:10 AM   #27621
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Obviously I haven't watched you ride, but looking at the photo- your saddle seems way forward, & the stem seems fairly short. That could account for some forward weight bias, just my $.02. Nice rig
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:10 AM   #27622
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The ergos were worked out by the shop owner who built the bike. He's an ex-racer who happens to be exactly my size and weight, so I figured the setup has to be right.
Obviously something's off.



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Old 03-11-2013, 09:11 AM   #27623
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Damn! nice ride!
It seems to be quite the chick magnet. Three girls yelled, 'Nice bike!'... as they passed me on the trail.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:24 AM   #27624
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Obviously I haven't watched you ride, but looking at the photo- your saddle seems way forward, & the stem seems fairly short. That could account for some forward weight bias, just my $.02. Nice rig
That's a 90mm stem I'm trying out. The stock stem on the S-Works is 100mm, but I'm told a shorter stem would quicken the steering, so I decided to give it a shot. The guy who set up the bike did some measurements with me clipped in to determine the ideal seat position - something about the knee being directly over the pedal - or something. It feels pretty good on smooth trails, but on the 'expert level' trails where I spend most of my time standing on the pedals, my wrists and hands take quite a beating.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #27625
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:38 AM   #27626
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Obviously something's off.



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Maybe I'm just not riding correctly. A photo of a local racer who owns the same bike I do shows what appears to be thicker than normal grips. He does a lot of endurance races, so they must be pretty comfortable. I'll have to ask him what they are.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02 AM   #27627
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My Selle Italia SLR XC Gel Flow saddle just arrived. Man, this thing is LIGHT. The weight savings alone might be worth another KOM or two.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:16 AM   #27628
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I've tried repeatedly to get used to the round grips that come standard on a mountain bike, be they the OEM variety or aftermarket ones made of softer foam rubber. None of them seem to work for me; all of them leave my palms red and sore after less than an hour of riding. It's particularly bad when I ride trails littered with large roots, rocks, and the occasional fallen tree. Going over those causes the full weight of my upper body to come down hard on my palms, whereas on smoother trails I try to use my back muscles to keep the pressure off the handlebars. 'Contour grips', with a large flat shelf area on which to rest my palms work well, but they're heavy and not ideally shaped for when you're standing up on the pedals. Are there any other round grips I should try? Or maybe there's something wrong with my riding posture that I can correct?

Have you tried the ESI silicone grips? Work for me. I wish they were fatter, but then I wear XXL gloves.

""CHUNKY" grips have a 32mm installed diameter and are recommended for those wanting the maximum benefit of shock-absorbing silicone. Can be custom trimmed for "grip shift." Weight is 60 grams per pair plus or minus 5%. "

http://www.esigrips.com/Silicone_Gri..._Absorbing.htm

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:23 AM   #27629
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My Selle Italia SLR XC Gel Flow saddle just arrived. Man, this thing is LIGHT. The weight savings alone might be worth another KOM or two.

You know, there's no end to hanging new shit on your bike- a slippery slope.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:26 AM   #27630
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It seems to be quite the chick magnet. Three girls yelled, 'Nice bike!'... as they passed me on the trail.
that would have been totally priceless if they had been on some funky crusty old steel hardtails from the early 90s.
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