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.
sorting the bikes
Yesterday I spent the morning sorting out bikes for riding. The New FCR had to have a few things sorted for winter so Off with the OM wheels and on with the Aksiums. Not a bad wheel but have been used as the winter wheels for rides. Had to change the cassette over aswell, as the FCR is 9 speed. So gearing on that is now 50/34 and a 12/25 cassette. Ross-The son-in-law- will use this as a commuter so took the bike for a spin and it is comfortable. With the Aksiums it accelerates well too but that could be down to having a 23 tyre on it instead of a 26. Also lost 1 lb off the rotating weight with just the change of tyres and wheels so that might help aswell.
Then down to the TCR-C. I recently put a triple on this and I have been finding that the 12/27 cassette was not being used fully so another 12/25 gone on that again. Beginning to enjoy this bike now so might be riding that one tomorrow. Boreas is my main ride but nothing needed doing to it so just sat there with plenty of rag and degreaser for an hour or so. Wasted my time as just as I started on a check out ride- the rain came down so it needs cleaning again.
The OCR got pulled off the rafters and checked over and put back up again. Donít ride that much nowadays.
Funny thing about the FCR- Boreas and the TCR- is that they all feel comfortable. But decided to check out measurements, as they are all set up for me now. Seat post to bar length is the same on each. Fore and aft on the saddle in relationship to the pedals is the same and pedal to seat rail height is the same. But each bike has a different saddle height. Couldn't work it out but the FCR has a higher bottom bracket. The TCR and Boreas both have different length cranks on them so there is a reason for the saddle height differences.
So why are the bars on each bike at different heights to the saddle? Each bike feels fine to ride but have to admit that I have yet to ride the FCR in anger. That bar height on the FCR might change but currently feels good. About 1" higher than the TCR but I have been thinking about taking the TCR bars down a fraction. But it is Boreas that gets me. Those bars are still 4Ē below the saddle. It is the most comfortable bike I ride but I cannot understand why. I know it is a Race geometry frame but that does not explain why if I raise the bars- my back aches after about 20 miles.
This shows the FCR at the back but you can see the difference in height on the bars.
So all I have to do is sort the MTB's and Tandem for the winter. I think I will be putting this off for a while- The tandem does need a complete strip and rebuild this year so will be expensive. The MTB's are no longer my rides of choice and as such will only have to be reliable for when conditions are not suitable for road riding.
So I'll wait till the F1 in Korea gets started or cancelled and get the TCR out for a ride.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.