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    Retrofitting for Commute

    I have been commuting 2-5 days a week 10 miles round trip for about 3 months now. I have slimmed down a bit and definitely upped my cardio. I am currently 6'3.5" ~235, and I'd really like to take my midsection down.

    I started out on an old road bike that used to belong to my dad. I stripped it down and had it powdercoated and then built it back up with a mix of original/new parts. I was riding fixed at about 70 gear inches. After my first 20 miler on that bike I came to the conclusion that the frame might be a bit small for me (58cm). My arms were killing me from the extreme seat to bar drop. Not to mention that the bike was quite creaky, so it is now being handed down to my wife.

    I was surprised when checking out a new bianchi pista at the LBS that they sized me on a 59, but it felt right. I have put off buying something new for now until I sell my car (going down to one car), and I have been riding an older jamis steel frame mountain bike that I bought a while back and never got around to riding. I've stripped off the unnecessary bits, added some slicker tires, and a road saddle. I have been riding it for a week, and while not perfect it will do for now.

    Anyone have advice on good new pedals that will fit my clown sized shoes and anything else I can do to make that bike more comfortable until my next bike comes along.

    I am thinking an entry/mid level road bike and a custom build up fixed gear for fun.

    Thanks in advance.

    Robert

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    You could go with plain platform pedals. If you want something along the lines of clips, go with Power Strips, a band that run over the top of your foot, and available in different lengths/sizes.

    Also, some bar ends might give you more hand placement options with your flat bars. It's probably got bosses for adding a rear rack, which can be gotten cheaply for commuting.

    If you are looking at a Pista as your next new bike purchase, you might want to take a look at Bianchi's Volpe. http://www.bianchiusa.com/08_volpe.html

    I was checking them out yesterday at the LBS. Gorgeous bikes and under a grand, 08's should be nicely priced when the 09 comes out, according to my LBS. It would be a multi purpose bike for commuting, recreation, and cruising. It would do well on the street and on the trails. It has the added plus of being CroMolly, so it should be a plush ride along with being durable.

    The Lemond Poprad's are another bargain deal right now if you can find one in your size. Trek dealers seem to be very motivated to get them out of the stores with the ending of the association between Trek and Lemond.

    I really need to stay out of my LBS. I have about $20K worth of bikes on my wish list, lol.

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    Depending on your terrain and current gearing, a different cassette MIGHT help.

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    I have pretty big feet (size 14), and I run MKS GR9 pedals with size LL clips and straps.......but I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy.



    Steel Club = BF-STL-00064

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    Thanks for the tips guys. The plan is new pedals at a minimum, plus a rack, and perhaps better gearing.

    I am pretty handy, and I have access to tools to swap things out. Would it be easier to change the front chainrings out to something larger, or to swap in a new rear cassette as was suggested?

    The flats and downhills suck on this bike.

    I actually bike much less now that I have this to ride instead of my fixie conversion that is back to being a work in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmstephenson View Post
    Thanks for the tips guys. The plan is new pedals at a minimum, plus a rack, and perhaps better gearing.

    I am pretty handy, and I have access to tools to swap things out. Would it be easier to change the front chainrings out to something larger, or to swap in a new rear cassette as was suggested?

    The flats and downhills suck on this bike.

    I actually bike much less now that I have this to ride instead of my fixie conversion that is back to being a work in progress.
    It depends on what is on there now, current cranks have 53 teeth at the largest, and current cassettes have 11 tooth as the smallest, so it really depends on how close you are now. What you don't want to do, is sacrifice to much low gear, to get extra high gear.

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