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Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weight(10 posts)

Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weightkentuckyjoe
Dec 19, 2001 10:37 PM
Hello,im new here and i just purchased my first non walmart roadbike,an 2001 GT zr-5.0 56mm.So far ive only ridden it about 2 miles,"just got it today and its really cold here"I just cant seem to get comfortable riding in the drops,is this normal or am i doing something wrong?also,the stock alex rims DA216" seem a little flimsey,me bieng in the 5'11",235-240 lb range make me a little nervous any good strong rim recomendations? thanks in advance for all opinions and info. Later,Joe
Raise the stem. (nm)Rusty McNasty
Dec 20, 2001 4:13 AM
I'll second that: Raise that stem!cory
Dec 20, 2001 8:24 AM
I rode for 25 years in the "standard" butt-up, bars-down position, and I used the drops so seldom that I used to cut them off and flop the bars to make cowhorns out of them. When I got my Atlantis, I set it up the way Grant recommended, with the bars about as high as the saddle. Now I cruise on the tops, and when I need to go down in the drops, it's just a comfortable reach. Made a huge difference.
Where in Kentucky? nmscottfree
Dec 20, 2001 5:34 AM
re: Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weightCrankist
Dec 20, 2001 6:37 AM
Stay on the tops of the bars for a while. You will grow used to it, plus the drops will be more accessible as the pounds melt off. Try Open Pro rims on 105 hubs as a good general set of wheels, 32 hole.
re: Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weightSingleThreaded
Dec 20, 2001 7:04 AM
Given your size, its pretty normal. Back in my tri-days (about 10 years ago) when I was fit (185lbs), even then it took me weeks (2 or 3) to get comfortable with the clip-on aero bars. Once I did, they became precious. Now as I evolve, get more involved with 70 hour work weeks and get much larger, it takes a bit getting reacquainted with the aero position once I've been off the bike for a while. Although eventually, as the riding increases and trimming down occurs, it does become more comfortable.

Presently, I'm at your dimensions (reasonably fit) and have been back riding (last 8 weeks, 700 miles) and once again, at the start, it was very rare being down in the drops during the first two weeks, however, the last four weeks I seen significant progress and of the 53 miles I did on Saturday, I rode 95% of the "into-the-wind" miles in the drops or elbows/forearms riding the bar.

With more riding, and trimming of the frontal abdominal area, it will come. I suggest getting into the position as often as you feel comfortable and some additional abdominal crunches or sit-ups during the off season.
I would just add....Sprockets
Dec 20, 2001 8:29 AM
to this fine reply that cycling is more total fitness than most people think, especially since good road bikes continue to closely resemble-and often are in fact-competition focused machines. Therefore the poster-or anyone in a similar situation-cannot expect to get on one and zip along as though it fit like a favorite pair of shoes. You need to get the old body into appropriate shape.

Most cyclists spend most of their time on the hoods, so don't think you are not real if your not in the drops. They are mainly for when you are really workin', or the damn wind is right down your throat.

Also, it seems that these days many bikes have a very aggressive position of bars and seat, sometimes owing to the fact that they have a threadless headset, which tend to sit lower than the old quill stems used to sit. It may require some adjusting-trial-and-error to find the right position for you. Also, don't overdo the seat height. I see as many too-high saddles these days as I do too-low.

Finally, don't go out and buy riser stems or extensions or anything like that-at least not yet. Set the bike up for how you want to be and bring your fitness and body mass into line with that. Good Luck.
Forgot to say....sprockets
Dec 20, 2001 9:03 AM
that skinny wheels can be quite satisfactory. You should have the wheels gone over by a competent wheel guy after you have put a couple of hundred miles on them.

I am also above the 200 # level. When it came time for a new set of commuting/training wheels, I decided that rather than dink around with standard wheels, which are quite satisfactory, but which are made mainly for a slightly smaller rider, I went out and got some aero-type wheels that are a bit stronger. There are several on the market, but I got some Velocity Deep-V and Aeroheads. They are very strong. Very stable. Laced with 14/15 spokes on a decent hub these are very solid wheels. 32 holes is fine for these. Nashbar has a sale on the DeepV right now, and I am going to get a backup set. While they are a bit heavy, they are very strong, and aero, and provide-don't laugh-good stability with their extra stiffness, and that extra few grams rotating around out there. My Mavic Open wheels are not as nice in that regard, and I really can feel the difference.
re: Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weightkyroadie
Dec 20, 2001 7:40 AM
What you are describing is normal. It takes me a few weeks each season to adjust to the drops. I tend to ride on the hoods on my trainer. Since I don't race anymore, I tend to spend most of my time on the hoods anyway.

What part of KY are you from? I live around Hodgenville, KY.
re: Riding in the drops and a good wheel set for a heavy weightkentuckyjoe
Dec 20, 2001 11:25 AM
Hey,thanks for all the replies everybody,their very much appreciated.Im from Princeton,Ky down close to KY lake.I was really suprised at the number of helpful replies to my post,this is a really nice board and im sure ill have several more questions for you all soon.HeHe,any tips on riding in the cold:) thanks,Joe