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fit question for all y'all...namaSSte
Nov 20, 2003 9:38 AM
I just felt like saying that, not sure why. Anyway, this is going to be tough to answer without seeing my postion on the bike but maybe you guys (and girls of course) could give me some general thoughts on my question.

My problem, in a nutshell, is that I feel like my reach is too long on the bike. Sounds easy, right? Get a shorter stem, problem solved. Thing is, I have been away from road riding for quite a while but the new bike is a 54cm with very similar geometry to my previous bike which was also a 54cm. Both are steel frames, standard geometry. The old bike had a 130mm stem with a negative rise (not sure what it was though) on it and felt great on rides of any length. The new bike has a 110mm stem and zero degree rise and feels too long. Im wondering, is it that I am just not accustomed to the longer reach vswhat I have been used to on the mtb or is it possible that the reach is actually too long. If it's the latter, where should I start tweaking things to get it right? Stem length, rise, crank length, saddle position? While on that issue, the old bike had the saddle set fairly far back while the new one is now fairly far forward.

Any thoughts would be welcome before I go buying parts or changing things around. Thanks a ton. Maybe I just need to get used to it again, who knows?

Peace and light,
Face it Scott, you're getting old:-)Dave Hickey
Nov 20, 2003 10:14 AM
If your old bike fit you well, I'd say its just a matter of getting use to the postion. A cheap way out is to pick up an inexpenisve 110 cm stem with a negative/positive rise. Start out with it flipped up. It will bring the bars slightly closer and you won't be as bent over. After you're use to riding it for a while fip it back over.
unfortunately that's true!!namaSSte
Nov 20, 2003 10:41 AM
but thanks for reminding me! : )

I was thinking of going to a 100m +/- rise stem and doing just that but keeping the 110 for later. Problem is finding an inexpensive 100mm one. I saw Supergo had one that is carbon for only $40 and I have a 10% off code so maybe I'll give them a call today.

On the other hand, I could leave things as is and have a built in excuse in case you hammer me after Thanksgiving!
When do you get in town?Dave Hickey
Nov 20, 2003 10:53 AM
It sounds like next Friday is going to work out great. Both my sons have a hockey tournament but the games don't start until noon. I already told the mrs. that we're riding Friday morning
should be perfect...namaSSte
Nov 20, 2003 11:22 AM
I'll "grease the skids" tonight. She knows I'm gonna ride and I mentioned Friday so I'll get her to commit to Friday am. We are leaving Wednesday and I think we might spend the night in Little Rock so we get a break. That should get us in Thursday, midday. I'll have to get your # so I can get in touch w/ you after I'm there.

Looking forward to it Dave, and after a day of watching football and pigging out, I think we are going to need a good ride!
If you want a cold adult beverage, make sure you stopDave Hickey
Nov 20, 2003 11:30 AM
in Little Rock. A lot of Arkansas is dry. I drove from Cleveland and stopped about an hour south of Little Rock in Arkadelphia,AR. I asked the lady at the Holiday Inn where I could get a cold beer. She replied"oh, about an hour north in Little Rock". My first experience with "dry" counties...
Unfortunately??? Consider the alternative. nmdzrider
Nov 20, 2003 12:45 PM
re: fit question for all y'all...Trent in WA
Nov 20, 2003 4:57 PM
One other thing you might consider is the vertical distance or drop from your saddle to your handlebars. Raising the bars relative to the saddle will reduce the reach.