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mrt2you 01-12-13 07:52 AM

you could also drop your wobbling wheel in to a bike shop to get straightened.

chaadster 01-12-13 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15146361)
UPDATE: Made a new friend in our skating and biking group, that is very good at building bikes. He saw me riding my 54cm bike and told me I should be on a bigger frame (I'm 6'-1"). I rode his 58cm and wow, what a difference! So he had an old 85 Cannondale polished aluminum frame and steel fork he gave me. We took most of the stuff off my old bike, bought a couple used shimano 600 sti shifters and new cables and chain. Loving it so far. The shiny aluminum really turns some heads.

One of my rims is a little warped, it rides OK, but needs to be replaced in the long run. Id like to find some quality lightweight rims for a couple hundred or less.

Also need a comfortable seat. I have ZERO "natural padding" and after 30 minutes or so I start to feel it.

Other than that, Im doing pretty much the same riding as mentioned above.

Wow! 6'1" riding a 54c?!?! You must have been pretty jammed up on that, knees hitting the handlebars n' sh*t!

Congrats on the upgrade, no doubt. How about a pic?

mprelaw 01-12-13 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15146361)
UPDATE: Made a new friend in our skating and biking group, that is very good at building bikes. He saw me riding my 54cm bike and told me I should be on a bigger frame (I'm 6'-1"). I rode his 58cm and wow, what a difference! So he had an old 85 Cannondale polished aluminum frame and steel fork he gave me. We took most of the stuff off my old bike, bought a couple used shimano 600 sti shifters and new cables and chain. Loving it so far. The shiny aluminum really turns some heads.

One of my rims is a little warped, it rides OK, but needs to be replaced in the long run. Id like to find some quality lightweight rims for a couple hundred or less.

Also need a comfortable seat. I have ZERO "natural padding" and after 30 minutes or so I start to feel it.

Other than that, Im doing pretty much the same riding as mentioned above.

Even if you had more "natural padding" your sit bones would probably still not like your present saddle. The problem is that everyone has to find the best one for them.

I have zero natural padding too, but God must have given me the world's only universally compatible butt, because I can even ride on a Buttraper--uh, I mean Bontrager---saddle. :lol:

Pinhy 01-15-13 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by mrt2you (Post 15148408)
you could also drop your wobbling wheel in to a bike shop to get straightened.


My friend has worked on the wheel a couple times on his "alignment apparatus" (dont know what it's called), I don't think it is going to get much straighter.




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Originally Posted by mrt2you (Post 15147114)
if you are looking to upgrade your wheels look at nasbar.com they have a nice selection at good prices.
i installed these wheels on my bike and like them very much, i also picked up 1 mph average speed over my regular 40 mile route i usually ride. and yes my bearings were properly lubed and adjusted on my old wheels.


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...97_-1___202478


also maybe look into getting biking shorts or tights with some padding. this might help your rear.


Thanks for the info. I do have some bike shorts, though I have been told there are better pairs out there, with better padding.




As for buying a wheel that might not fit, thanks for letting me know that, i wouldn't have thought of that. Fortunately, I wont buy something without my buddy's input. It was his old frame, so he knows all about what will fit.


I will post pics as soon as I get my new Continental 4000S (i think that is the model) tires on it. I have popped 2 tubes (once on the front and once on the back) putting them on. I cant get that last foot over the lip, so I use the tools. Most of the time i get it to work, but not so much luck this weekend. I am taking it to the shop tonight to buy another tube and have them put it on!

CraigB 01-15-13 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15146361)
UPDATE: Made a new friend in our skating and biking group, that is very good at building bikes. He saw me riding my 54cm bike and told me I should be on a bigger frame (I'm 6'-1"). I rode his 58cm and wow, what a difference!

Wow, indeed. You didn't mention in your OP how tall you are, nor the size of the bikes you were considering. I'm surprised a) you found a way to ride a 54 in anything close to a comfortable fashion, and b) it took this long riding in groups for anyone else to mention the fact that your bike was way too small for you.

Pinhy 01-15-13 08:54 AM

It really wasn't that bad of a fit, in and of itself. I had the seat pretty high, got on and rode it...simple. Once I got on the 58....THEN I realized I had been really hunched over.

My riding group consists of a couple friends and that's about it. Most are inline skaters. This "new" guy (had moved out of town for 8 months so wasn't around when I bought it) is the one who immediately noticed.

Live and learn!

LarDasse74 01-15-13 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15159058)
It really wasn't that bad of a fit, in and of itself. I had the seat pretty high, got on and rode it...simple. Once I got on the 58....THEN I realized I had been really hunched over.

My riding group consists of a couple friends and that's about it. Most are inline skaters. This "new" guy (had moved out of town for 8 months so wasn't around when I bought it) is the one who immediately noticed.

Live and learn!


It is hard to notice a bad fit when you have nothing to compare it to.

I used to think I could ride any 62 cm road bike or 21" mountain bike, until I bought myself a shiny new 21" mountain bike sight unseen, and couldn't figure out why I was suffering so much and could not ride as fast as I could on my last bike... I almost gave up cycling, figuring I was just too fat and it was too difficult. Turns out the bike was a poor fit! I got a new frame with taller head tube and longer top tube and I enjoyed riding again.
FWIW, my major complaint about BSOs (bike-shaped objects - the craptacular bikes sold at big box stores), besides the absolute absence of skill and care used during assembly, is that they generally only come in one size, and if you are not between ~5'6" and ~5'10", the bikes will not fit and you wouldn't even know what a bike is supposed to feel like.

Pinhy 01-15-13 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 (Post 15159115)
It is hard to notice a bad fit when you have nothing to compare it to.

Exactly!

Pinhy 01-15-13 08:27 PM

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Here's pics of the original and new bikes:


Original 54cm CAD2 R300
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=293798


New 58cm 1985 Cannondale aluminum
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=293799

LarDasse74 01-15-13 08:33 PM

That is a sweet bike dude.

Pinhy 01-16-13 01:10 PM

thanks!

components are a mix of old Ultegra, 105, 600 and RSX....nothing special. Cables, chain and tires are new (yellow tires looked horrid on the silver bike).

That seat is one of three I am borrowing from the guy I bought the original bike from. I need to get out and put at least half an hour on each to see how they feel.

As mentioned above, wheels will be my next venture. Would like to find some good used ones.

LarDasse74 01-16-13 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15163825)
That seat is one of three I am borrowing from the guy I bought the original bike from. I need to get out and put at least half an hour on each to see how they feel.

If I were you I would adjust the angle of the saddel to be closer to level, as tilted forward as it appears to be will cause your weight to slide forward and put more pressure on your hands and arms.

Pinhy 01-16-13 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 (Post 15163876)
If I were you I would adjust the angle of the saddle to be closer to level, as tilted forward as it appears to be will cause your weight to slide forward and put more pressure on your hands and arms.

agreed. I haven't even sat on this yet, I just put it on last night. I usually like my seats tilted up even more than normal, and you are right, this looks down (though I don't think it is as much as it looks in the photo).

LarDasse74 01-16-13 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15164590)
agreed. I haven't even sat on this yet, I just put it on last night. I usually like my seats tilted up even more than normal, and you are right, this looks down (though I don't think it is as much as it looks in the photo).

I like my saddle slightly nose up - I feel that keeps my weight on the wider back part. Of course, too far nose-up and it sorta gets jammed up into your crotchular region.
Often you have to adjust saddle height a little bit when you adjust saddle angle. And too high a saddle height will make it less comfortable.

Pinhy 02-12-14 10:41 AM

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UPDATE: New Bike!! Starting a thread HERE


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=364036

bikebreak 02-12-14 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Pinhy (Post 15146361)
UPDATE: Made a new friend in our skating and biking group, that is very good at building bikes. He saw me riding my 54cm bike and told me I should be on a bigger frame (I'm 6'-1"). I rode his 58cm and wow, what a difference! So he had an old 85 Cannondale polished aluminum frame and steel fork he gave me. We took most of the stuff off my old bike, bought a couple used shimano 600 sti shifters and new cables and chain. Loving it so far. The shiny aluminum really turns some heads.

One of my rims is a little warped, it rides OK, but needs to be replaced in the long run. Id like to find some quality lightweight rims for a couple hundred or less.

Also need a comfortable seat. I have ZERO "natural padding" and after 30 minutes or so I start to feel it.

Other than that, Im doing pretty much the same riding as mentioned above.

Super!
Some 6' tall pros ride a 54, but they are using long stems and tons of saddle to bar drop.

You can get that rim trued up.

The seat will get softer as you break in your legs. Really, when your legs get stronger you can push harder on the pedals, which takes weight off your backside.

Pinhy 02-12-14 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bikebreak (Post 16490486)
Super!
Some 6' tall pros ride a 54, but they are using long stems and tons of saddle to bar drop.

You can get that rim trued up.

The seat will get softer as you break in your legs. Really, when your legs get stronger you can push harder on the pedals, which takes weight off your backside.

that rim is long gone....

Last spring, I bought a used 1999 Lemond ($230 at a flea market) that had a carbon fork, nicer Mavic wheels, better stem and Ultegra components. I put all those items on my aluminum C'dale and have been riding it like that since. I also bought an ISM Century seat back then too, so seat problem was solved too. I painted the fork and bottle cage to match as close as possible to the silver-blue Mavic rims.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=364123
Just took this pic, seat and aero bars are on the new carbon C'Dale in post above.

beast1989 02-21-14 08:33 PM

I HATE to be that new guy who posts this question that you all have answered a million times over, so I'll just be a fly on the wall for awhile.

Pinhy 02-24-14 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by beast1989 (Post 16516565)
I HATE to be that new guy who posts this question that you all have answered a million times over, so I'll just be a fly on the wall for awhile.

This thread "should" die....unless I get another new bike, which I dont see happening now that I have a bike I absolutely love!

You should start your own thread, saying hello, giving us info about your interests in riding and your size, and people will chime in with helpful info.

(you can also just dig through thread after thread and learn SOOO much, I did that while also listening to people in this and other threads I asked questions about. Had I been a little more patient and given more info out, I probably would have saved myself the purchase of the original 54cm bike


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