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Old 10-27-2008, 12:22 AM   #9016
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is that too "Upwards?" also ya think I will be able to raise them bars a couple inches?
the wife wants me to point out this is the Shed, not our kitchen floor.........lol
Yer gonna need a different stem to start. I ain't seen one that long in a while.

Oh, and ditch that hoopty saddle for something like a Terry Fly or similar. Even the WTB 'soft' saddles are gonna be mo bettah fer yer nutz than that thing. TOO soft is as bad as too hard.

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Old 10-27-2008, 12:23 AM   #9017
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125 psi

I weigh 208 and I can't do more than 105 (700c x 23)

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I'm damn near 200# myself and ride more'n that. Stick Me gets 130-ish cause she's a big girl. Next step for her is some Conti GP4Ks in X25c

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:36 AM   #9018
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is that too "Upwards?" also ya think I will be able to raise them bars a couple inches?
the wife wants me to point out this is the Shed, not our kitchen floor.........lol
Your seat may be a bit high as well. Most n00bs start off way too high, because they sit on the bike and think they should jack the saddle to where your leg feels "extended"

a proper saddle height, by the book, will actually leave a slight bend in your knee at the lowest point of the pedal stroke.

Why? because your legs don't really want to fully extend, too much stretch. your body will naturally try to compensate this by rocking the hips downward to alleviate full stretch.

rocking hips means back problems, and in your case, more movement for the boys = ouch.

a good trick: you should be able to touch the pedal with your HEEL at the lowest point of the pedal stroke. If you can't, or can feel your hip swiveling down to make it happen, your saddle is too high.

Bring the bike to the shop, have a knowledgable bloke check your fit. It is VERY important.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:04 AM   #9019
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125 psi

I weigh 208 and I can't do more than 105 (700c x 23)
I'm around 195 and run 120 psi all the time, I used to run 130 when I had tubulars on Zipp 404's but that's a different animal.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:32 AM   #9020
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Yer gonna need a different stem to start. I ain't seen one that long in a while.

Oh, and ditch that hoopty saddle for something like a Terry Fly or similar. Even the WTB 'soft' saddles are gonna be mo bettah fer yer nutz than that thing. TOO soft is as bad as too hard.

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I have absolutely no doubt you are correct, but can you enlighten me as to why that is the case Is it just MTB's or does that apply to all bikes (i.e. road as well) ?

Just curious...
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:49 AM   #9021
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you need to have the correct reach and height to your handlebars. YOur selection will probably be limited as quill type stems are pretty much obsolete with only cheap low end still in any kind of production
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:41 PM   #9022
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I have absolutely no doubt you are correct, but can you enlighten me as to why that is the case Is it just MTB's or does that apply to all bikes (i.e. road as well) ?

Just curious...
All bikes.

Basically what happens is after a bit, you start to sink into the softness of the saddle and it starts putting pressure on spots you don't want pressure on: aka soft tissues. Yer supposed to be supporting yer weight primarily with yer sit bones (get it?!) not the perinieum (sp?)

Big mistake lots of new riders make. Hey that leather wrapped thing looks HARD! I'll get a gel/whatever seat... So they go too far. Somewhere in the middle's fine. Look for the 'enthusiast' seats like the WTB stuff I mentioned, the Specialized Body Geometry, Terry, and a few more similar seats with the proper shape and slightly less padding.

Mtn biking is a little less critical of saddle density cause yer standing up lots more than JRA. Now, if yer out toodling on a mtn bike, yer NOT mtn biking. Mtn biking involves off-road riding thru the woods/desert/etc.

HTH

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Old 10-27-2008, 12:43 PM   #9023
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you need to have the correct reach and height to your handlebars. YOur selection will probably be limited as quill type stems are pretty much obsolete with only cheap low end still in any kind of production
Yes and no.

You can get quill to threadless conversion pieces thru most wholesalers. I'm gonna for Stick Me's Oschner. I have a pair of extra bars that are mounted on a t-less stem...

Its a 'make-do' like the lights in the ride report that the work computer ate, but they'll get it to where you can run 'modern' stuff.

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Old 10-27-2008, 12:58 PM   #9024
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All bikes.

Basically what happens is after a bit, you start to sink into the softness of the saddle and it starts putting pressure on spots you don't want pressure on: aka soft tissues. Yer supposed to be supporting yer weight primarily with yer sit bones (get it?!) not the perinieum (sp?)

Big mistake lots of new riders make. Hey that leather wrapped thing looks HARD! I'll get a gel/whatever seat... So they go too far. Somewhere in the middle's fine. Look for the 'enthusiast' seats like the WTB stuff I mentioned, the Specialized Body Geometry, Terry, and a few more similar seats with the proper shape and slightly less padding.

Mtn biking is a little less critical of saddle density cause yer standing up lots more than JRA. Now, if yer out toodling on a mtn bike, yer NOT mtn biking. Mtn biking involves off-road riding thru the woods/desert/etc.

HTH

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It did indeed

Saw a Brooks saddly in REI the other day. Work of art.
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:08 PM   #9025
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It did indeed

Saw a Brooks saddly in REI the other day. Work of art.
The people that ride Brooks saddles love em.

I've never had one.

MAYBE if I go Salsa Casaroll...

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Old 10-27-2008, 01:13 PM   #9026
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I just finished a quick 13 mile ride with the tires inflated to 120 psi.



Talk about a harsh and jarring ride. Of course the roads around here resemble lunar surfaces.

Going back to 100 psi.

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Old 10-27-2008, 01:14 PM   #9027
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I just finished a quick 13 mile ride with the tires inflated to 120 psi.



Talk about a harsh and jarring ride. Of course the roads around here resemble lunar surfaces.

Going back to 100 psi.

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Get bigger tires.

25c or 28c if they'll fit.

Mo bettah

OR get some Vredstein Fortezzas. Mmmmmm silky smooth ride at 120+ Cheep too! (PBS has em perpetually on sale.) Not the toughest tire out there, but man oh man do they ride nice. Almost as good as a good tubular. ...and for me, that's sayin something!

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Old 10-27-2008, 04:53 PM   #9028
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I rode a bike on Sat with the perfect tires for off road.


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Old 10-27-2008, 06:37 PM   #9029
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #9030
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Spinning???

Any of you cyclists out there into Spinning?

After never finding enough daytime hours to get on the road bike consistently (work, kids, etc..), and not wanting to drag the road bike on/off a trainer constantly, I plunked down some $$$ on this baby last Friday:



It's a nifty Star Trac NXT Spin Bike. All aluminum, rock solid, fixed gear with a 45 lb. flywheel. At first I bought a cheapie $400 Chineese made knock off, and it was a total uncomfortable POS. After learning my lesson, I bit the bullet and got the high zoot NXT, and man what a difference! Very adjustable, comfortable, and doesn't flinch under my rather large frame.

Did my first real workout early Sat. morning, and this thing kicked my ass! I got some spin DVD's with it, and they take you through some standing climbs, jumps, etc.. Way tougher than any 45 minute road ride I've ever done. We'll see how this works out, but I'm hoping to get on this baby 3x a week and then fill in the other days with real riding.
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