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Old 07-27-12, 03:07 PM   #1
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Back in the saddle! With a new bike!

I've been unable to ride for the past month due to torn meniscus,which I've mentioned in another post. Had surgery one week ago today, stitches removed yesterday and doc gave me the go ahead to start riding. While I was laid up, I committed the noob sin of ordering a new road bike online. I've been on a comfort bike for the past year. Took the new bike out this morning for a quick 7 mile ride. While the knee did fine, the bike did not feel right and I thought I had potentially ordered the wrong size. So I took the advice I've read on a thousand posts here and took the bike to my LBS for a fitting. The tech made some minor adjustments to my seat height and position and we swapped out the stem for a 10mm shorter one. Amazing what a few minor adjustments can do, everything feels much better. Tech said the bike actually fits me quite well, so I was relieved. Gonna try a 20 miler tomorrow. Bike is a 2011 Schwinn Le Tour Legacy, steel frame with full 105. Happy Riding Everyone!
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Old 07-27-12, 03:33 PM   #2
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Would be better able to comment if we had pics......
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Old 07-27-12, 04:07 PM   #3
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Would be better able to comment if we had pics......
But of course, here ya go. I don't know how to make the pic larger.
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Old 07-27-12, 04:24 PM   #4
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Here's another with my saddle installed and lightweights on the spokes.
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Old 07-27-12, 05:03 PM   #5
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You still owe the forum a pic of the bike against your garage door.
Bike looks quite different than the 1976 LeTour that I rode long ago. Lighter, faster, etc. Easy on the knee, now.
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Great looking bike. ez on the knee..
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Old 07-27-12, 06:09 PM   #7
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Ayup, 'tis better to sit and spin than to stand and stomp. Use them gears to their best advantage, your knees will thank you.
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Looks like a 20 miler will be a breeze on that beauty.. BTW the garage door should be white when you take that pic......
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Congratulations on the new ride. I hope you have many enjoyable miles on it!
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Old 07-27-12, 09:33 PM   #10
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.. BTW the garage door should be white when you take that pic......
OK, so what's the deal with the garage door. Some sort of tradition here? Or did I miss something?
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Old 07-27-12, 10:28 PM   #12
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OK, so what's the deal with the garage door. Some sort of tradition here? Or did I miss something?
Nevermind, I did some searching and now see that the garage door pic is a new bike custom. I just got my son a new bike, so I'll snap a pic and post it tomorrow.
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It's not just the garage door---bike spec list on the bike and PIE. We have to know a few more things about you too but others will be able to list them as I do not even think about them-let alone mention them in a posting.

If a White garage door is not available- then pics of the bike in the lounge are acceptable- till you paint the garage door.

And why are you reading this--You should be out on the settle down ride to the LBS for the Chamois cream.
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Nice ride! What are the weights for on the spokes?
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Old 07-28-12, 05:09 AM   #15
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Nice ride! What are the weights for on the spokes?
I was wondering the same thing. Also, at the risk of seeming negative, the bike is crosschained in the pic. (Wagging finger icon goes here.) With knee problems I would think the small chainring would tend to be used.
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Nice ride! What are the weights for on the spokes?
Lightweights are reflective stickers made by 3M or Scotchbright, I can't remember which. They actually save a few grams over standard reflectors, and I like the way they look. Here's a sample: http://www.lightweights.org/images/lightweights.swf
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