I just got a Softride with some neat history.
- I can't figure out what size the wheels are. I'd assumed they were 650c, but they say "26 x 3/4" on the sidewall. Is that code for 650c?
- The bike is really too short for me, front to back. I can slide the saddle back, due to the unique Softride bar, and that puts my legs in the right place. I'm using a 1" threaded to 1-1/8" threadless adapter and a 12mm stem, along with risers, to get my body in a decent position. I'd really appreciate any advice on retro-sizing a bike.
- The cassette is a 7-speed. Downtube shifters are inconvenient, particularly from riser bars. What options might you suggest?