PICTURES ADDED a few posts down
I bought my bike from REI..... and as it turns out, that might be a GOOD thing
- because -
they'll take it back if I'm not satisfied.
In two months time, I've ridden it almost 700 miles; I've also managed to put money into serious puncture resistant innertubes & liners, REI changed out my handlebars to something wider, they installed a shorter stem for me, I put on improved cages, and have finally settled on my third after-market saddle.
I've also learned a great deal about proper fit, riding style, etc. The problem?
The Brooks B17 that works sooo well for me, will not slide far enough back on the seat post to put me the correct position in relationship to my pedals. I've raised the seat, I've pounded the nose of the saddle back in an attempt to force it, and I have tried to ignore it....
If all that I do is put the Specialized saddle back in place, I can place myself in the correct position again. But I LIKE that Brooks.
1) Is there a seatpost that I can buy allowing my B17 to mount farther back?
2) Might I consider that this XS (extra small) bike may in fact be TOO small for me, even though I can't clear/stand over the top tube as it is now?
3) Should I return it to REI and come up with additional money to buy either the Novara Safari, or the Raliegh Port Townsend..... or any other suggestions you might have to offer?
4) What would Bicycle Buddha do?