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What do I do in this situation?(7 posts)

What do I do in this situation?scottfromcali
Dec 5, 2002 1:13 PM
Ok so I bought a 02 Giant TCR2, this was my first road bike and so far I love it. I've road it about 100 miles so far and now Im begining to realize I think I got the wrong size. This was an end of year clearance on the bike for $1169, its a large (Giants are sized Sm, Med, Lg, and xLg). Im 5.9" and I now see that Giant recommends riders 5.7 to 6.0 ride a Med frame. The LBS I bought it from has changed to a shorter stem and have a shorter seat post on order as well. After rides of even 30 miles I have terrible pains in my shoulds and neck. I trusted that I would be properly sized to the bike by teh shop but no. It feels to me that I am having to reach much too far out to hold the bars. Question is: where do I go from here? I dont want to get the dealer invovled anymore they pretty much told me too bad. Do I sell this bike? there is an identical bike in a Med at another shop for similar price. I know I will lose some money on the current bike selling on ebay or whatever but I jsut want something that is comfortable to ride even on longer rides.
you got in the same situation twice? nm :)mohair_chair
Dec 5, 2002 1:25 PM
depending on the parts you have on it buy a new framebenja15
Dec 5, 2002 2:39 PM
im guessing because you still have back pains your reach is too far and the bike does not fit properly in general despite shorter stem and post

if you parts and wheels are of decent quality, i would reccomend buying a decent frameset and just swaping the parts. The old frame could go to ebay for a few bucks
re: What do I do in this situation?Rob March
Dec 5, 2002 2:49 PM
If you are brand new on a road bike (as am I), it may simply be that you aren't used to the positions of a road bike. I know that I can't yet ride much more than 30 miles before my neck and shoulders start to ache quite a bit. My LBS was very careful in measuring me, and have indicated (as have some veteran riders that I know) that it simply takes a bit of time to get the appropriate areas limber enough for long rides.

In addition, are you doing any stretching for your shoulders and neck? Do you take periodic breaks while on your longer rides (I generally stop for 10-15 minutes every 15 miles or so). Are you being careful to keep your shoulders relaxed and your grip not too tight? Unclench your jaw? Lots of factors can cause neck and shoulder aches.

I'm figuring that I am going to have to deal with the aches for a while longer yet, but I anticipate working through them. Good luck with your efforts, but try another LBS and see if they think the fit is truly bad.

re: What do I do in this situation?Smoothie
Dec 5, 2002 5:59 PM
Good advice Rob...stretching is an important part of riding that alot of cyclist forget about.

But assuming scottfromcali is average build for a 5.9 person a large giant is going to have a whole lotta reach.

Size large giant TCR has a 58.5 top tube!!! Ouch! Even with a 90mm stem that is way too long for most 5.9 people. A medium TCR has a 55.5 top tube which would work well with a 100mm to 110-120mm depending on comfort and length.

Maybe try asking the other LBS if they would trade you up with some extra $$$ for the effort? You never know, they might be super cool and help you out. I know my LBS would probably try and work something out with you. Hope your sizing works out!
My friend Vinny will take care of the situation for you. (nm)onespeed
Dec 5, 2002 4:22 PM
I'm the same height as you and...REPO42
Dec 5, 2002 10:38 PM
Your LBS should have put you on a medium bike frame. I ride the TCR Zero, and it's a medium. Even with this size frame I still feel extended. good luck