Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    No blanket statement, just against their Ti. I've seen/read too much on the intricacies of manufacturing Ti frames. Knowing everything I've seen/read/heard on Asian manufacturing, I'm not willing to trust my well-being to them on a Ti frame.

    My closest cycling friend rides a 6/13. I drool over it, every time I see it.

    Haha. You know exactly who I'm getting at. I've got Lynskey on the brain. And strangely, just met a guy the other day who knew of me but hadn't been able to track me down. We get to BS-ing about bikes and came upon the subject of our "forever" bike desires. He's jonesing for a Lynskey, too. I know they work deals on multiples. When I get my shit together, I'm thinking of a Retul session with my current ride to get an idea of where I need to be and go from there (a Lynskey Fargo could be a possibility). Also, saw your LBS has become a Retul fitter, as well.
  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Have you done a Retul session with any of your previous rides? I had both my road and TT bike fitted using the Retul method, but I have serious reservations about recommending the procedure to others. I have of course read glowing testemonials about the miracle of Retul, but my own experiences coupled with my natural skepticism makes me think that either their bikes were very poorly fitted to start with, or that the claimed improvements were more psychological than real.
  3. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Use the bike fit calculator on wrenchscience.com and see how close your current fit is to that. I was surprised how my bike was only off a few mm here and there, nothing drastic.
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Same with mine, and I constantly adjust my position while riding to reduce fatigue. On my road bike, that means alternating between three different hand positions, and shifting back and forth on the seat. The Retul fitting seems to assume that you only position yourself on the bike one way. :scratch
  5. inyang

    inyang 5secs away

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    Riding in Lagos has mostly been just get on the bike and do a workout, no smelling of flowers or such

    0400, dash out, get back before the roads fill up by 0600

    Except for rides that head out to the outskirts or so.

    Last Sunday, went for a stroll around Lagos Island, Yaba and Bar Beach. Roads clear since most sinners were in church.

    Aurelius allowed?
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    Shops at BarBeach
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    Waiting for the post church crowd
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    More here https://picasaweb.google.com/102094600529123038018/LagosBicycleStrollOct202013#
  6. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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  7. ducnut

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    No, I haven't.

    I felt the same way, as you on the Retul, about my "professional" fit from one of the local shops. I've gotten my setup pretty close, but, feel I'm too short in the TT/reach dimension. Also, I wear out one side of my chamois before the other, so I'm "off" somewhere. I figured the Retul would highlight the issue.
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Check cleat placement first.
    Then have someone measure leg lengths
    THEN go pay big $$ for a fit session

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  9. ducnut

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    Cleats are evenly positioned.

    It's possible I'm wonky there. But, I've been measured by an orthopedic surgeon, during my knee issue diagnosis. He didn't mention anything about lengths being off.

    I figured the tracking component of Retul would find the issue in a hurry.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You can watch your knees. If they're moving in figure-8s, then seat position is off. Scooting backwards on the seat? Chances are the seat's too low. Riding on the nose? Seat's too high.

    If you're wearing out one side of the shorts and not the other, see a chiropractor to see if your hips are level.

    If only one leg is figure-8ing, then you've got a leg length discrepancy (or something else like foot length discrepancy) that makes it so that your fit's a compromise.

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  11. ducnut

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    Some good tips.

    Seat height I'm positive on. But, my skeletal characteristics I'm not.
  12. Aurelius

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    I felt the same way on my TT bike, but strangely the Retul testing failed to identify the problem. Eventually I swapped the 90mm stem for a 120mm, and that cured it. I'm still amazed that something that obvious would have been missed by the fitter, who Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top 5 fitters in the country. :huh
  13. ducnut

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    Ooops! :lol3

    What I did was setup my seat to aerobar length the same as my TT bike. But, the BB is farther back on the TT frame (longer reach). What I feel like is I'm scrunched on the Tricross. I'm thinking a longer toptube, set forward saddle, then mess with stem lengths. Knowing your result makes me think I really need to find a good fitter, without relying on some gizmo. Of course, a good fitter with a gizmo would probably be the best bet. I just want to get my current frame ironed out before buying another bike, which will hopefully be my last bike.
  14. Aurelius

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    Last bike? No such thing. :lol3
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  16. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Road to work with the "winter setup" today. Lightly studded tire on the front (hey, it froze last night!) and the rear tire aired down to 60psi. Between the tires and the temp around 31F, it was definitely a slog. Feels really dumb to be riding the studded tire on dry pavement but the studs are carbide so I guess it's okay.

    I got these new ski gloves for cheap at Costco, and they are so warm! My biggest problem last year was keeping my hands warm and I'll have no such problem with these. Unfortunately, they aren't very grippy so I can't get the right feel with road bike brake levers. So, that means I have to ride the hybrid when it's really cold. And that means riding with that studded tire :lol3 It's okay, I guess I needed the exercise.
  17. ducnut

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    You're riding, which is more than most of us are doing.
  18. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I think I'll ride today. It should only be about 92F. :lol3
  19. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Honestly, I'm liking having the excuse to ride unapologetically slow :lol3
  20. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    Atleast you broke into the 90's
    86 here so i always take a jacket