Join Date: Sep 2011
Bikes: Just bought a Maring Highway One
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Hybrid Bike and Stem Height
Hi: Just got the Marin Highway 1 (20.5) a few weeks ago, carbon frame with decent running gear and wheels/tires. I haven't ridden for about 10 years and I'm still in the minor aches and pain phase of getting my chi back :-) . . . Hoping to get up to a 20-40 mile ride by Xmas, maybe more.
So a couple of observations from a non-bike geek: - Geek, yes but not so much with cycling, yet! I'm still not sure I like the handle bar height and find my hands do get numb but less so as time goes on. The angle of my back isn't painful, but it's near the limit of what I want to endure, as I've some major degeneration around L3 & L4, and the angel of attack, if you will, is critical. However, since the seat is the other anchor point and currently adjusted to my pedal/leg lenght, there might be some tweaking here but it seems minor. I'm going to return to my friendly bike shop for a bit of consultation and some fine fit/tuning for my bike and me.
The bike is incredibly light and responsive and I'm a large/strong gurl, and I haven't tried to bend it too hard yet; all-in-all I'm really pleased with my choice of bike and feel the extra cost of a ultra-lite bike was well worth it. But as noted the one thing that doesn't seem quite right is the stem height vs seat height geometry (I did ride the Lucas Valley a bit before buying, which has the same geometery). I'm hoping a couple of cm or so will really transform my riding experience. Maybe, once I'm back up a to decent level of stamina and physical fitness this won't seem like the issue it appears to be now. We'll see. I think this tinkering is just part of the package if one is serious about their riding.
That's what a senior biker gal is trying to deal with as she gets back into riding shape. Hope this is helpful.
my Highway 1