I guess I have to start dialing in...or do I?
Well, with about 170 miles on the new bike, I think I might have to start dialing it in a bit. Then again, perhaps not. I ask for your input:
I'm getting some lower back pain, in the same area I've had lower back pain before, but only when I'm on the bike. (My previous back pain was not bike related whatsoever.) The pain isn't severe by any means, more of an ache. It ached throughout my 15 miler today, and then, at about mile 13, it stopped. Go figure. It also doen't bother me at all once I've put the bike away.
I'm getting some mild discomfort on the saddle, but a quick stand for a few yards seems to do the trick here.
I get a bit of tingling in each foot (independently) but it only lasts for a mile or two, and then goes away.
A bit of tingling for the boys, as well.
All of these things seem to come and go, but then again, I wasn't getting them on the Cypress after I got used to that bike and tweaked everything.
Oh -- and more of the palm pain, which also seems to evaporate if I change hand positions. Flares up when I ride the hoods, stops when I give them a shake and ride the top like a flat bar for a while.
So...do I need to dial in or is it more of a matter of just getting used to the new bike? And, if I should start dialing, what's the correct order of things to do so (or is there no correct order)?
I can adjust my seat height, my saddle fore and aft, and my handlebars in terms of their paralellism to the ground.
Both the salesperson at the LBS and I thought we had it pretty darn close when I left the store, and he was reluctant to tweak much more until I came back in and put clipless pedals on the bike (which may not happen right away).
Probably just a bad bike choice
Wow, since you are having all those physical problems clearly being caused by your new bike, I can only say that the Roubaix was a bad choice. I have had none of these problems with my Buenos Aires, which must mean it is a far better bike.;)
Seriously DG, I think card and BluesDawg have it right. Fiddle and fuss and make it right and you will be, as they say, good to go. My lbs says that the issue with sore/numb hands can be cured by doing lots of crunches and strengthening trunk/stomach muscles so that one doesn't support all of one's upper corpulence with one's hands, but rather uses those six-pack abs take the pressure off your hands.:p