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Old 04-12-08, 06:04 PM   #1
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Back once again and this time I have a new bike. :)

After a long, long winter/early spring of only riding 6 miles a day to commute, I decided that it was time to get back into this whole "cycling" business in earnest. Watching the Little 500 in Bloomington inspired me today it seems, so I figured what better way to back in the saddle than to get a whole new saddle! I am now a proud owner of a 2008 Trek 1.2. My LBS is very nice and gave me a good trade-in value for my Trek 7.2FX.

This is my first road bike. I'm very excited to get out there and ride the hell out of this thing. It's sure going to take some getting used to, though. Since today was a cold, drizzly day, I didn't go for a long ride on this thing, but just took it around the block. It is quite the change from my 7.2FX. It feels less "tank"-like, which is great. The only thing that scares me about this bike is getting out of the saddle while in the drops. I felt like I was going to flip over the handlebars. Do you guys just get used to that, or do you only stand when you're on the hoods?

Anyways, it's great to have cycling back in the front of my mind, and I thought I would pop in and share my joy for my new girl.
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Old 04-12-08, 06:26 PM   #2
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I never stand up. As for hand positions, I either use the straight section of the bars, or in front off/against the brake levers (hoods). I do not use the drops (or at least, very, very rarely).

You should not have to stand to place your hands on the hoods. Perhaps your handlebars are too low?

I am riding a 2005 Trek SL1000, which is very similar to your '08 1.2.

To quote the late Sheldon Brown: "If you find yourself standing to accelerate, on level ground, it is a sign that your gear is too high or that your saddle is too low."

He has a really good article on this topic at http://sheldonbrown.com/standing.html

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Old 04-12-08, 06:27 PM   #3
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We need pictures!

About getting out of the saddle: I am the same way (both drops and hoods). I am only comfortable out of the saddle while going uphill, or standing without peddling. I cannot stand and peddle on a flat for very long - I get a slight feeling of fear. I used to pedal out of the saddle alot on my MTB. I took a spill on that bike, didn't want to repair it, and bought my road bike. Maybe the fall caused my fear....hmm.

anyway, pictures!!!!!!!!!!
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You should not have to stand to place your hands on the hoods. Perhaps your handlebars are too low?
On this 5 minute ride, I kept my hands on the hoods because that's the only place that really has access to the brakes or shifters. I imagine if I get to a long stretch of road and I'm in the right gear, then I'll move off the hoods.

And as far as pictures, I have to get someplace pretty before I can take a picture of me and the new bike. I'm sure no one wants to see my dirty old apartment.
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You're back! Excellent--we've missed you, you know .

I think you just aren't used to the different position of a road bike. You'll get a lot more relaxed in a few days. Road bikes feel 'twitchy' when you are used to riding something like a mountain bike.

Are you sure you can't find a pretty background on your ride?

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Old 04-12-08, 08:33 PM   #6
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After a long, long winter/early spring of only riding 6 miles a day to commute, I decided that it was time to get back into this whole "cycling" business in earnest. Watching the Little 500 in Bloomington inspired me today it seems, so I figured what better way to back in the saddle than to get a whole new saddle! I am now a proud owner of a 2008 Trek 1.2. My LBS is very nice and gave me a good trade-in value for my Trek 7.2FX.

This is my first road bike. I'm very excited to get out there and ride the hell out of this thing. It's sure going to take some getting used to, though. Since today was a cold, drizzly day, I didn't go for a long ride on this thing, but just took it around the block. It is quite the change from my 7.2FX. It feels less "tank"-like, which is great. The only thing that scares me about this bike is getting out of the saddle while in the drops. I felt like I was going to flip over the handlebars. Do you guys just get used to that, or do you only stand when you're on the hoods?

Anyways, it's great to have cycling back in the front of my mind, and I thought I would pop in and share my joy for my new girl.
It's good to have you back, Joe Metal. Don't be a stranger, and please introduce the new bike to us.
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Welcome Home, JOE! Glad to see you back in the fold!
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I wouldn't stand in the drops, at most my rear might hover just above the saddle (just for fun little fast sprints i never ride distance in the drops i get this funny feeling like if i am in the drops going less than 20 some real roadie is gonna laugh at me)

With all the gears i really feel like if i need to stand i am in the wrong gear. (while on the road bike, on a mtb i stand alot more)
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Welcome back. I only stand if I need to stretch the legs, climbing (bridges) or if I want to accelerates through an intersection when I get a green light, but I am never in the drops when I am standing. I typically ride with my hands on the hoods, more comfy as I have fairly wide shoulders.

I agree, your bars might be in the wrong position, loosen the stem bolts and rotate it back toward you.
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I stand all the time. But then I only have three gears -- sitting, standing, and stopped.

And congratulations on your new ride. Pics?
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I try not to stand at all, really, but if I get really worked up/dumb I'll stand and go a little crazy. I *shouldn't* because it doesn't do that much good, but hey whaddyaget.

Sometimes I also get sick of shifting, so I'll leave it in a hard ratio and start out standing.

Congrats! If you don't mind sharing, what did they give you for your 7.2? I'm trying to sell my 7.3 and think I have it priced VERY fair ($375) but wanted to make sure I'm not insane..

Also pics.
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Just to clear things up, the only reason I asked about standing is because I stand if I'm climbing a short-ish hill. I just figured I'd see what the position was like yesterday.

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Congrats! If you don't mind sharing, what did they give you for your 7.2? I'm trying to sell my 7.3 and think I have it priced VERY fair ($375) but wanted to make sure I'm not insane..
$375 for your 7.3FX is indeed very fair. I got $200 for my 10 month old 7.2. I was expecting like $100 though, so I certainly wasn't upset.

And as far as pictures go, I would expect to find a pretty spot next weekend. But grad school can be awfully time consuming so who knows. Don't worry though, everyone; there will be pictures.
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