Here are pics of the new bikes. They need a little tweeking, will do that next Saturday.
warning! random yammering about stuff.
The handlebars feel too high. There are a lot of spacers in there for some reason. I have been riding a bike with drop handles that are level. These aren't level and it feel like I am sitting too upright. The frame is a compact one, so even with the handlebars lower, I shouldn't be all hunched over. I want the handlebars level or near level at least.
Also, since it is a womens specific handlebar they are narrower than I am used to. It actually feels better to not have my arms spread so far apart, but I do need to get used to it. There isn't as much room to move my hands around on the bar. The shop set aside a wider handlebar while I decide. They felt the bar should be about as wide as my shoulders or something along those lines. I haven't formed enough of an opinion about that except that it is different. I DO LOVE that I can reach the brakes without a major strech, though! My finger/s fit nicely around it without moving my hand to get to it.
I am going for a 20 mile ride this morning, so will be able to tell better (waiting for work traffic to be gone).
The seat feels angled too far down in the front. This seems like a quick adjustment, too.
re: fit. They told us to ride the bikes for a week and then come in next Saturday for a full fit. We have an appointment for that. The shop is a really busy one, so Friday afternoon when we picked up the bikes the fit guy was fitting someone with another waiting. I thought riding them for a week was a good idea, too.
These are the wheels that come stock on the ZW4, so I decided to get the same ones on the ZW6 frame. I didn't think much about spoke breakage. How often does that happen, anyway? Which means - I wonder if the warrantee that comes with the stock ZW4 would pertain since I took a ZW6 frame and put different different wheels on it. My spokes look more expensive than the Giants. Hmm. I wonder, too, if I should have gotten the black wheels instead of the silver. There seems to be a lot of bling going on! I don't necessarily like bling.
The saddle, I am not so sure about yet, but it does feel nice to have my hip bones actually landing on a seat instead of hanging over it! It doesn't look all that wide. I am surprised a womens speciic seat is making much difference.
I know I have to do the clips, although I am skeptical that they are going to make that much difference in my riding. I wanted to get used to the bike first plus we have not done much homework on clips and shoes and want to look at all the options. Those are a lot of money. I don't want to mess that up. Someone told me to make sure to get shoes you can walk around in. Why would someone get shoes they were uncomfortable walking around in? sigh. I am sure there is a reason.
Isn't this just a triangle with round things spinning? There is a huge learning curve with the new road bikes. When I was young, it seemed much simpler. You just rode. The answers should be easy. I decided that I wanted to try to get a bike I did not need to upgrade over and over. My decision on the Ultegra and the 'better' wheels came from that perspective. I would hate to think I made a boo boo about those things after all that research! oy. I do not think I will ever have Dura Ace envy.
All my thoughts about tweeking do not seem insurmountable. It is a new bike and I want it perfect for ME. I love the way this thing rides and corners. I am going to get it just right.
my husbands: so far he is really happy. He wants the handlebars moved. He thinks they are too high also. He likes his seat and is thinking he will keep the 23 tires he wanted to try instead of using the 25s it comes stock with.
the wheels that seem to have a lot of bling. Not sure I like that. They come in black. I think I will go ask about that, but I have a gut feeling thye would have to be ordered. These ones they had in stock:
I like that the bikes are so different looking