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Seeking comfortable road bike(10 posts)

Seeking comfortable road bikebsdc
Aug 18, 2003 5:31 AM
I'm interested in a comfortable road bike. I like the idea of the Litespeed Veneto with a shorter top tube and longer head tube for a more upright, comfortable position. I'm also aware that Merlin has a similar design. Are there any other manufacturers, other than custom builders, that have similar designs?
Any bike that fits reasonably well can be comfortable for less than $200.MB1
Aug 18, 2003 5:42 AM
This is what makes a bike comfortable;

1) Use a slightly wider tire with slightly less air pressure. Actual cost if you make this change when you need new tires is $0.00.

2) Raise your stem (as the stem is raised it gets closer to you (effectivly shortening the top tube)). You may have to change to a stem with more rise. Actual cost $0.00-$80.00.

3) If you raise your stem you should also switch to a slightly wider saddle since you will be moving weight backwards. A nice Brooks Saddle can be had for $80.

There you go, a nice comfortable bike for between $80-160.
Great advise from MB1Continental
Aug 18, 2003 5:54 AM
I did these three things to my Fuji Finest a "race design" bike. 28 mm tires at 90 psig, 40 degree riser stem so handlebars are 1" below seat, Brooks B-17. Now I'm completely comfortable. No sore bottom, numb privates, tingling hands, or pains in neck and back. Cycling distance is limited only by time available and my endurance. I'm more comfortable and less tired after 60 miles than I was after 30 miles with the "race design."
What's the fun of that?bsdc
Aug 18, 2003 5:55 AM
I'm a fat, lazy American with too much money. I want to go out and spend it on a bike I really don't need.
Well if you just want to spend money, we can charge for our help.MB1
Aug 18, 2003 6:45 AM
Should get a lot more suggestions that way.
Well if you just want to spend money, we can charge for our help.bsdc
Aug 18, 2003 7:31 AM
Then I wouldn't have a shiny new bike. I'd have an old bike with a dorky looking saddle, flipped stem, and 40mm of spacers.
Got that right - it's not how you feel it's how you look.dzrider
Aug 18, 2003 9:20 AM
Really, how can somebody feel good and feel embarassed by their ride at the same time? You have to ask the right person the right question if you want the right answer.
But the knowledgable people will knowContinental
Aug 18, 2003 10:53 AM
that the Lightspeed Veneto, Merlin Solis, or Cannondale RXXX Sport are comfort bikes for pretenders who aren't tough enough to tolerate the discomfort of a true race design bike. And they'll laugh at you behind your back! Meanwhile, I'll have $1500 in my pocket and fully functioning body parts. I figure I'm a dork anyway (and proud of it). I might as well look the part. :)
Throw in Voler shorts to go with the Brooks (another $50)OldEdScott
Aug 18, 2003 5:56 AM
and you may be so comfortable you'll fall asleep at the wheel.
Bad road rash if you fall asleep while ridingContinental
Aug 18, 2003 6:05 AM
A few years ago I saw a cycling friend with a bad case of road rash. He adamently claimed that he fell asleep while riding. He had an ancient Ideal leather saddle. I didn't check his shorts to see if they were Voler.