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T-Mobile bike set up(11 posts)

T-Mobile bike set upDave Hickey
Jan 14, 2004 7:17 AM
I was reading the new Cyclesport last night and it had a good article on how the T-Mobile mechanics set up the pros bikes. The mechanics works off a sheet that has 4 basic measurements.

Step 1- Set the saddle height measured from the center of BB to the top of the saddle.

Step 2- Set the front and back saddle position. Measured from the nose of the saddle to a vertical line from the BB center. This determines proper KOP position

Step 3- Determine stem length. Measured from the nose of the saddle to the center of the handle bars.

Step 4- Bar height- Measured from the center of the front axle to the center of the bars.

I was expecting something a lot more difficult. The mechanic just works off a photocopied sheet of the frame with these 4 basic measurements for each rider.
re: T-Mobile bike set upFez
Jan 14, 2004 7:50 AM
Step 2 - for my own bikes, I find the most trial and error here. It seems different saddles have a different "sweet spot" as to where your sitbones feel the most comfortable on in the front/back plane.

I wonder if each individual rider has things like seatposts and saddle rails marked with tape or a permanent marker.
I built a jig for thisterry b
Jan 14, 2004 8:46 AM
piece of 1x3 oak, clad it with two pieces of aluminum. drilled a hole in the bottom and put an 8mm hex key through. glued a cheap plastic bubble level to the top.

insert key into bolt in crank. level the gizmo, measure from seat tip to gizmo.

set the stem length from saddle tip to outer edge of bar.
QuestionDave Hickey
Jan 14, 2004 9:00 AM
The outer edge of the top of the bar? Because bars have different reach, I measure from the front of the saddle to the tips of the STI hoods. Since my hands are usually on the hoods, I prefer having my hoods in the same position on every bike.
re: T-Mobile bike set upPEDDLEFOOT
Jan 14, 2004 7:59 AM
Steps 1-3 are basically how I set mine.It's good to know that I'm atleast somewhere in the ballpark. It will be interesting to see how many others do the same type of setup on there bikes.Any other tips would also be appreciated.
re: T-Mobile bike set upWrigleyRoadie
Jan 14, 2004 8:18 AM
Saw that article and it ratcheted up my TCR lust a few pegs. Laughed at how Cadel's name was wrong on the TT sticker, but sobbed at the part about how these amazing bikes with the new DA wheels and sweet componentry were 'just' training models to hold over the squad until the race bikes arrive. And a box of 20 pieces of team kit... sigh.
Also how the pros have 5 sizes vs the standard 3Dave Hickey
Jan 14, 2004 8:22 AM
That has to be expensive to build two more molds just for the pros. It makes you wonder of Giant will come out with 5 TCR sizes next year..
Speaking of different bikes for pros...TFerguson
Jan 14, 2004 9:55 AM
Did you read in the McKenzie inteview that he is, "Looking forward to my compact C50!"

TF
Speaking of different bikes for pros...Dave Hickey
Jan 14, 2004 10:06 AM
I missed that. I'd sure like to see a picture. Has Colnago ever done a compact?
Yes- at least in 2003 and now this yearboneman
Jan 14, 2004 1:25 PM
You'll see that the C50 in non-compact geometry is only available down to a 52. The truth is that Colnago recommended that the smaller sizes in the C40 go with the compact sizes in 2003's C40. CT2's only made down to a 52 conventional while the CT1 was available down to a 49.
re: T-Mobile bike set upBroomwagon
Jan 14, 2004 12:06 PM
Did you see in the picture where one of the mechanics had clamped the carbon TT to a Park workstand? I suppose that if he crushed the tube, he can get a replacment frame relatively easily!