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Finally my New Ride! Questions about fit. Help!(7 posts)

Finally my New Ride! Questions about fit. Help!shamelessgearwhore
May 19, 2003 9:02 AM
After a lot of research it's finally been built, a Gunnar Roadie w/ the color of the month of "Pearl in Black" and full Campy Centaur 10spd!

The pictures don't really show how cool the paint looks, but it's kind of a glossy looking graphite. Kinda Stealth.

I've been reading enough about the importance of fit and will probably lay out some cash to do a real pro-fit in about a month or so, but I want to try a number of things on my own so I know a little more of what I like and don't simply have to take one bike store employees ideas at face value. I am interested in the comfort approach such as what they describe on the Rivendell site. I have been experimenting with tilting the bars back to give a more natural feel for laying my hands on the hoods, but this means I have to reach up a little more for the brakes or shifters while in the drops.
I've experimented a little with the height of the handlebars and currently have them maxed out (as you can see in the picture) with four spacers. It seems like the higher I go, the more "twitchy" the control is when going downhill really fast, or when climbing out of the seat. Can you solve this by using different stems and such? I'm looking for tips and advice so I can be as informed as possible and will know what I want when I finally find it.
can't view the pics nmJS Haiku Shop
May 19, 2003 9:26 AM
Now Pics work.shamelessgearwhore
May 19, 2003 9:45 AM
very nice! do you like the cxp33 rims/wheelset? nmJS Haiku Shop
May 19, 2003 9:55 AM
So far so good.shamelessgearwhore
May 19, 2003 10:15 AM
I wanted a real stable, low maintenance hand built wheel that I don't have to handle with kid gloves. They should serve me well.
Gotta love Gunnarterry b
May 19, 2003 10:22 AM
Nice bike! I love my Roadie, you'll love yours too. It's become my long haul bike. Rides like a dream.
May 19, 2003 10:36 AM
I got my Roadie last fall, and like you, got the color of the month (see below). I built mine up with Dura Ace, and just love it. I've got Ritchey bars and stem with a 2mm spacer under the stem. The only option that I got, was to have my name painted on the top tube instead of the Roadie decal.