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Old 06-04-07, 07:19 PM   #1
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How to fine tune your bike?

So, djSlvt got his bike today. UPS ship it to me. I put it together, and rode it. My first bike ride in over 11 years. It took me a few to get my balance right, but I got it. Suprisingly, my butt, legs, and breathing feel ok. It is my arms that hurt. My bicepts fell the road, I have carbon fiber fork, sluminum frame, lightwheight racing wheel and hi pressure tires. The bike can go 30 easily, if I can shift it right, that's what I need to learn now...

To hit the road with traffic, 4 or 5 lane highways here. I need water, and lots of it, and then I need to learn how to shift, and then I need to get my balance perfect.

So here is what I need now. How to fine tune the bike. AKA fit it to me as much as possible with what I got. And then fine tune derailers and brakes, and also handle bar angle and sit height.

Help me out, I need some videos.




On a side here. Do I need SPD shoes? I got SPD pedals, and regular shoes, rides alright.



Oh and another thing. How much tire pressure? Sidewall say 125 MAX. On cars we don't put what max tire pressure says on the tire, because that's MAX, above that tire begins to bulge and is unsafe. How much pressure? In PSI.
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Old 06-04-07, 08:07 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new bike! Pictures always welcome (almost required for a NEW BIKE!!! post! )

Bike fit is highly subjective. It depends on your flexibility, riding style, body shape, pre-existing physical conditions, etc.

That said, here's a few links to get you started.
http://www.caree.org/bike101bikefit.htm
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm
http://www.brianmac.demon.co.uk/cycling/bikesetup.htm

Once you get it kinda dialed in, post some pics from a side profile with your hands at all the handlebar positions and with a leg at 6 o' clock, and some more with your leg at 3 o'clock. Some of the fit "experts" here can spot any glaring problems.

For mechanical tuning, look at http://www.parktool.com Click on repair help.

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Old 06-04-07, 09:17 PM   #3
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On a side here. Do I need SPD shoes? I got SPD pedals, and regular shoes, rides alright.
yes, if you have spd pedals, you'll want to get shoes to be able to "clip in" to be much more efficient in pedaling. Also, don't expect to get the fit dialed in right away -- it'll take a few weeks of tweaking (seat, stem length/height, etc.).
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Tire pressure depends on your weight. I'm 165 pounds and I find that 110 pounds in the tire works well. If you do a web search, you can find some suggested pressures.
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Tire pressure depends on your weight. I'm 165 pounds and I find that 110 pounds in the tire works well. If you do a web search, you can find some suggested pressures.


I'm 210 lbs. Here is what I find: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2003/SharaKhan.shtml


For my weight tire pressure should be 120 to 130 PSI. But my max tire pressure is 125 PSI. Can I safely keep it at 125 PSI? Or should I leave it as it is right now at 110 PSI?
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Can I safely keep it at 125 PSI?
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