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Old 07-19-10, 10:01 PM   #1226
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Trek 7200. Mostly stock. Additions: Catseye LED headlight, rear LED blinker (planet bike?). Topeak rack, Trek cycle computer. Bar extensions and Specialized Comfort Grips.
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Old 07-20-10, 12:36 PM   #1227
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There is nothing that can make your bike look worse than a car parked behind it.

Why is your saddle set at such an improbable angle?
Yeah but the extreme un-racyness of my car does bring out the racyness in my bike and it just happens that my bike likes to be the coolest thing in a picture

What is so strange about the saddle's angle? It is definately meant to be that way as I like it very much how it is.
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Old 07-20-10, 01:46 PM   #1228
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Introducing the U.A.B.

This is my very reliable and very stealthy U.A.B. (Urban Assault Bike). A 1998 Cannondale H300. All original except the seat, tires and barends. 12 years old and she still cruises like a Cadillac and is as quiet as a Nissan Leaf. Many roadies on MS150 type rides are impressed that I can pace with most of them. I can't lead, but I can keep up. I love this bike!!

I am the original owner and I approve this message.

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Old 07-20-10, 02:18 PM   #1229
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Yeah but the extreme un-racyness of my car does bring out the racyness in my bike and it just happens that my bike likes to be the coolest thing in a picture

What is so strange about the saddle's angle? It is definately meant to be that way as I like it very much how it is.
Yeah, I'm kinda anti-car, but yours looks much nicer than most.

Most riders prefer a flat saddle that they can balance on. The bicycle saddle can act as a seat of sorts. What do you use your saddle for? It does not look like it can be sat upon. I've never seen the bike of a serious rider with a saddle tilted at that angle, nor have I ever seen a bike assembled by a professional mechanic with a saddle installed at an angle similar to that. That is why I think it is strange. What is the purpose of putting it like that?
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The only reason I have installed that way is because I like it that way.
I never really use the saddle for a long time as I am constantly pedalling and thus keeping my behind from the saddle with the pressure of the pedalling ... this reduces pain in the buttocks and lets the blood flow
It might have something to do with my back being in a more comfortable position as I suffer from serious back-issues.
Have you ever seen ergonomic chairs made specificaly for people with bad backs? (I'm sitting on one right now)
Something like this: http://www.profita.nl/images/website...70201-6428.jpg
Notice how the sitting cushion is leaning forward like my saddle does
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I think that chair is designed to take weight off the buttocks and put it on the shins. A bike saddle tilted like that tends to put weight on the hands which is not desirable. Don't take my word for it, ask your local bike fitter.

Thursday's Tour de France stage is going to be a very important stage. Check it out! While you are enjoying the racing, look at the saddles. Observe the range of saddle tilt professional riders choose. All pretty much the same, right?

Hey, if you have medical condition that requires that seat angle, then fine. Sorry I mentioned it. But you say you have it that way "because (you) like it" and you say "it might have something to do with my back..." which makes me think you don't really know why you have it that way.

I think your bike is set up wrong, but like I said, check with a bike fitter who can take into account your specific requirements.
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Old 07-20-10, 03:59 PM   #1232
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I don't have a bike fitter as i do everything myself
I've lived with a bad back more than half my life, so believe me, If it feels right to me, it is right to me.
But hey ... I think I'll just take your advice into acount and try and tilt my saddle a bit more upright and see how it feels.
Nothing to lose in trying
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Old 07-20-10, 04:24 PM   #1233
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Trek 7200. Mostly stock. Additions: Catseye LED headlight, rear LED blinker (planet bike?). Topeak rack, Trek cycle computer. Bar extensions and Specialized Comfort Grips.


That is the first time that I've seen someone set up one of those adjustable stems to 'skybound'. I can't imagine having the bars in that position, but hey, if it works for you... go for it.

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Old 07-21-10, 04:18 AM   #1234
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That is the first time that I've seen someone set up one of those adjustable stems to 'skybound'. I can't imagine having the bars in that position, but hey, if it works for you... go for it.
The extensions are a recent addition. I have another thread where I'm asking for advice with the position of them. When I asked the LBS to mount them the guy first had them standing upright all the way. I asked for some forward tilt and that's how they are now.

Based upon my own observations and the helpful suggestions of forum members in my other thread I'll go ahead and lean those "horns" on over.

Not sure where I saw it on here but thought I recalled seeing someone sticking tennis balls on the ends of his bar extensions.

As my extensions "stand" now I am not happy with them.
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FWIW, I tried those extensions on my Stumpjumper FSR mountain bike bars and hated them. too far apart, too much forward reach, too high, everything seemed wrong about them. Didn't like having my hands that far from the brakes and gear controls, either.
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Old 07-21-10, 11:19 AM   #1236
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I was referring to the stem that supports the handlebars. IMO it might be more comfortable ... and a better fit, if you were to rotate it forward a few degrees. However, I do prefer to ride in a more forward position than 'upright'.


Here is my contribution to the thread. It's not fancy or new, but it was cheap and it works.



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Old 07-21-10, 05:49 PM   #1237
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I was referring to the stem that supports the handlebars. IMO it might be more comfortable ... and a better fit, if you were to rotate it forward a few degrees. However, I do prefer to ride in a more forward position than 'upright'.


Here is my contribution to the thread. It's not fancy or new, but it was cheap and it works.



Maybe I'll try both of them a bit forward. Bring Trigger in the back door after the wife goes to sleep ("You brought that in here?!?!") and play with it before my post 3AM ride.
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Old 07-21-10, 07:23 PM   #1238
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Maybe I'll try both of them a bit forward. Bring Trigger in the back door after the wife goes to sleep ("You brought that in here?!?!") and play with it before my post 3AM ride.
note, you really need to torque down hard on those adjustable stems or they can slip... I'd suggest using 3/8" drive hex bits for a socket wrench rather than the more typical allen wrenches or Y handle wrenches.
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note, you really need to torque down hard on those adjustable stems or they can slip... I'd suggest using 3/8" drive hex bits for a socket wrench rather than the more typical allen wrenches or Y handle wrenches.
No kidding. Can't get one of the screws to loosen. Will have to take it back to LBS for that adjustment. Did lay the extensions down. Will test the change on my post 3 AM ride.
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Old 07-22-10, 08:46 AM   #1240
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OK Sixty Fiver... I'll bite

What is the post on the bike of your Trek? My guess would be a mounting point for a trailer?

Nice looking bike, and well outfitted
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Roger - Was bringing back a bunch of tandem parts from the shop... the "post" is a seat post with a saddle and stoker stem all mounted up and flipped over.
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I was wondering the same thing and was also intrigued by this strange contraption of your's sixtyfiver ... it really looks like it's not there at random but for some very weird purpose
Nice bike ... I like the way you set up your trekking bars to be more racy than most casual trekking-bike riders do.
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AdelaaR - If I flipped the contraption over it would look right... but then I would not have been able to carry it back with me.

I cannot spend too much time sitting upright on a bike and the forward position with just a little drop makes my back really happy... the stability you get with the trekking bars is amazing and they really add to what is already an incredibly smooth riding bike as they dampen a lot of vibration.
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Nothing Fancy, but perfect fit

Components are low end, but after a 1000 miles plus seem to work better than new. It is
a joy to ride. (For a budget Hybrid). Richard http://s936.photobucket.com/albums/a...reviews005.jpg
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Components are low end, but after a 1000 miles plus seem to work better than new. It is
a joy to ride. (For a budget Hybrid). Richard http://s936.photobucket.com/albums/a...reviews005.jpg
Nice bike, Richard! You can make the picture show in the thread by copying the IMG code found in the "Share this image" box, then pasting it into your post.

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Nice bike, Richard! You can make the picture show in the thread by copying the IMG code found in the "Share this image" box, then pasting it into your post.

I had to use Photo Bucket get get a URL, now I can start posting more pictures
instead of videos... Thanks Again, Richard
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...which was exactly what I did.

My new Orbea Diem Ice. All stock except for the Schwalbe tires.

What a great machine! Congrats. It is on my wish list ;-)
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Here's a picture of me riding on the very hill I live on, a few hundred meters from my house.




If you look closely, you will see that my hair is trying to mimic the shape of an aerohelmet
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