Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by Timtruro
It seems like you are saying that the Roubaix will feel better? Road it today and I think I am getting into the rhythm of the shifting. As I said, it took awhile with the Sirrus too, so I think it will be better. I was also in much better shape at this time of the year last year, maybe that has something to do with it.
Have to admit that Boreas felt and rode great- right from the start. Didn't even change the saddle for 6 months
But the TCR did take a while to settle down. Could not get used to the ride of C.F. and could not get the tyre pressure right. That did need a change of wheels to correct.
My main problem when I changed from an upright bike to a road set up- Was the bars. On the OCR- I rarely rode in the drops unless it was necessary. Being that low hurt the back after about 20 seconds- so I practised getting into the drops. Straight road and down I would go till the back ached. Later in the ride and back no longer hurting and I would try it again. Took a few rides but I got used to that funny position and although I do not use it all the time- Into headwinds- downhill or if I do want some speed- and I am comfortable. The other thing that worried me was the higher gearing and it was not till I got Boreas with a compact double- I found out that I could not pull a 52 big ring.
Only thing to do is get out and ride.
Bars too low?- give it a couple more rides before raising the stem.
Gearing too high?- ride in the middle ring till the legs get used to spinning and then putting on power when spinning to get to a higher gear.
Don't like going up hills with the higher gearing? Find smaller hills till you get used to it.
Lots of things you will have to adjust on the bike- but the main one is you. But once you get used to the Roubaix- The Sirrus will become the "Spare" or the "Loaner".
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.