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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-05-10, 08:11 PM   #76
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Thanks - makes sense. I'll practice on my street where there's no traffic.

I had gotten so used to being able to lean on my old bike
My wife just got a new road bike last week and she's still working on that type of 'sliding stop'. Her feet also barely touch the ground. In fact, mine barely touch as well and I'd feel very unstable being at a stop while still on my saddle.

Gl with the bike, it's fantastic.

Oh, and yay jacksonvile, I went to high school there. I still visit my parents who live there, for some holidays, though never as many as they'd like, I'm sure.
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Old 08-05-10, 08:11 PM   #77
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I can't fit your bike on the internet, but I can offer my "Seat Height 101"

If when you spin out the top of an easy gear and exceed your highest cadence, you bounce up and down, then your seat is probably too low.

If when you are riding along in the flats and your hips are rocking, it usually means you are reaching for the pedals and your seat is probably too high.

I don't know exactly how high it should be, but I'd guess somewhere between too high and too low ;-)
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Old 08-05-10, 08:19 PM   #78
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Awesome new bike. Just wait till you stomp on the pedals over your first couple rides and you'll really have a grin on your face.
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Old 08-05-10, 08:21 PM   #79
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Beautiful bike.

I am 6'1" and on a M/L Giant, I can unclip and lean to one side, should I raise my seat? Seems high now
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Old 08-05-10, 08:26 PM   #80
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No. You can have a correct fit and also comfortably touch the ground, just comes down to your body dimensions and how they relate to the frame's. I wouldn't change anything if you're comfortable.
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Old 08-05-10, 08:31 PM   #81
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[QUOTE=Hunt-man;11240827]She just got a fitting with the bike. Give the new fit some time and don't move it around. Try to not rock the hips. It is going to take some time, a few weeks, to get used to it. Go easy!!![/QUOTE
Sorry, I did'nt realize moving the seat post up and down was such a highly technical precision maneuver.
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Old 08-05-10, 08:49 PM   #82
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Sorry, I did'nt realize moving the seat post up and down was such a highly technical precision maneuver.
A little bit makes a big difference so precision is necessary.
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Old 08-05-10, 09:19 PM   #83
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Please excuse the temporary bottle holder.




2 words...track stand! Hey look, flip-flops!
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Old 08-05-10, 09:55 PM   #84
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I only skimmed through the other posts, but I'm assuming it's already been answered. If your seat is properly adjusted you shouldn't be able to touch the floor seated. The way thing to do at a stop is trackstand or straddle the top tube and tilt to one side.

I like to unclip on the right side, that way if I do fall over I'll fall over to the left on my non-drive side. I wouldn't want to fall on my derailleurs.

Also, you could start practicing track standing. It involves rocking back and forth to keep your balance.
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Old 08-05-10, 10:29 PM   #85
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It's simply amazing. As much as I love my old bike, I'm just so blown away. It feels like a rocket. I absolutely love it. Glad I got the smaller frame, although bottles/bottle cages are going to be a difficult situation.
for cages, get side loading one. i know it's a specialized cage, but it's a very good cage


bottles come in all sizes, from 21oz to 28oz. probikekit has quite a selection
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Old 08-05-10, 10:59 PM   #86
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If you want a lower profile saddle than the Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow you have on there check out the Selle Italia Diva or the SLR gel flow (womens version). Padding and profile wise the Diva sits in between the Ldy Gel Flow and the SLR gel flow. My wifes bike is outfitted with the Diva....if you go back through my old posts you'll find a picture of it if you want an idea of what it looks like.

Everybody has their own opinion on saddles, trial and error for sure, just my two cents
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Old 08-05-10, 11:01 PM   #87
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Very nice
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Nice bike ljen. Can't wait to see it with the Arundel cages.....

Ride the hell out of it and enjoy yourself.
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Old 08-05-10, 11:49 PM   #89
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Old 08-06-10, 12:05 AM   #90
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So what did the LBS do for you after making you wait so long? Something nice, I hope.

btw, the Zefals should make an admirable training cage.
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Old 08-06-10, 12:44 AM   #91
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first off congrats on you're dream bike




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You aren't supposed to be able to put your feet down while you are on the saddle. Just unclip and straddle the top tube like heckler mentioned. If you can put your feet down while on the saddle the bike isn't set up right for you.
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so you do or do not slide forward? can you flat foot while over the top tube? Most people don't stay in the seat and put a foot down (unless I am lazy and there is a curb). You shouldn't be able to reach a foot down from your seat (unless you were very weird proportionally)
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Yep, get to practicing. It's more important to have the bike fit correctly than to be able to put a foot on the ground while in the saddle. I don't know anyone that is fit properly that can put a foot on the ground while in the saddle.

Now, as far as getting used to sliding up on the saddle, it's pretty easy. When you stop just unclip one foot, once it's time to take off again pedal with the foot still clipped in, set on the saddle, clip in the other foot. After a while you won't even think about it.
Now I have a question...I can pretty easily sit on the saddle and touch the ground almost flat footed...in a "fit pics" thread I had everyone pretty much said my saddle was too high and I ended up with this I know the crank arm isn't perfectly inline with the ST...

it feels good and I have had no issues but everyone here says that is not normal?



Jen hope you don't mind but I was wanting to find an answer on this

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the 2009 paint was really nice.
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Nice bike. I like Cervelos but a bit out of my price range. Learn how to slide forward or you'll end up falling over and scratching the bike.
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Old 08-06-10, 02:56 AM   #94
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That's a sweet bike. I can't possibly express the envy I am feeling right now.

I think it would look even better with white bar tape and a white seat (with some red trim). The black of the seat and tape now make the color scheme appear off balance.
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Old 08-06-10, 04:06 AM   #96
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It really looks good. Getting a good dial in takes some time. That's part of the riding experience. The thing is, if you start with a nice bike, good-sized frame for you, which it looks like you have, you're 98% there. I would have recommended the Red option, but Ultegra is really good, my wife rides Ultegra.
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I'm trying to picture the position of your foot and knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke (you are at about 7.30 o'clock here, not at the bottom at 6 o'clock), but your knee looks to be above the pedal (for those into the KOPS fitting model). My 2 cents is that you could probably handle the seat being a touch higher (5-10mm), then the saddle possibly a fraction further forward (<5mm) to keep your knee in the same position relative to the pedal.
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Old 08-06-10, 05:18 AM   #98
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I'm working on it. Sold my crap road bike a few months back, still in the planning stages.
Just don't get made of wood.
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i was up all night thinking about this. Red tape. You need red tape.
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i was up all night thinking about this. Red tape. You need red tape.
that goes for nimitz too. white frame needs red bars.
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