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    Try fitting using Peter White's guide, which can...

    Try fitting using Peter White's guide, which can be found here How to Fit a Bicycle. I find it more helpful to fit a frame by its top tube rather than its seat tube that way if you have...
  2. Congrats on your new bike. Let the addiction...

    Congrats on your new bike. Let the addiction begin. It looks like your shop did a good sizing of the bike since they fit you by the top tube length. Also your fitter is correct that as you progress...
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    CycleOps Super Magneto Pro. I really like the...

    CycleOps Super Magneto Pro. I really like the fact that I can dial up the intensity and mimic the rolling hills of TN.
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    You could always try it out and see if you like...

    You could always try it out and see if you like it. I will say that your position on the bike looks good so long as your fore-aft of saddle has your knee in the right position. For help with...
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    In your picture your arms seem to be at the right...

    In your picture your arms seem to be at the right angle so I am not sure why you wish to shorten your stem. Are you currently getting pain while riding, if so where? We need more info in order to...
  6. Thread: First 100K

    by Doc V
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    Congratulations that is a big accomplishment! I...

    Congratulations that is a big accomplishment! I too did my first 100k this past July. It was the Harpeth River Ride here in Nashville. It sounds close to your ride because it had a lot of climbing,...
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    I really like the frame mounted Bike-Eye Mirror...

    I really like the frame mounted Bike-Eye Mirror in the wide size (Bike Eye bike mirror review | road.cc). There is no vibration and it holds its position so the correct view is always available.
  8. I am with Sheldon Brown in advocating that you...

    I am with Sheldon Brown in advocating that you pick a frame size based on top tube length not seat tube length especially given modern slope tube designs. Dave Moulton's guide predicted the right fit...
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    If you have an REI near you they are having their...

    If you have an REI near you they are having their yearly clearance sale and all bikes are on sale. The biggest discount is on their house brand Novara, which are good bikes for the money. The Novara...
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    I use Simple Green HD Pro (5gal jug from Home...

    I use Simple Green HD Pro (5gal jug from Home Depot) diluted 1:3 for degreasing and as a chain cleaner in the Finish Line chain cleaning device. The HD Pro version is safe for Al unlike the standard...
  11. As others recommended be sure to test ride a 54...

    As others recommended be sure to test ride a 54 and 56cm before you buy, maybe even a 52cm but probably not. I am 5'6" with a 32.2cm inseam and test rode 52 and 54cm top tube lengths and chose the...
  12. I am a firm believer in choosing a frame size...

    I am a firm believer in choosing a frame size based on top tube length and not seat tube. I, like you, have abnormally long legs for my height. It looks like based on your numbers, your inseam to...
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    You can pick up gently used seat posts and stems...

    You can pick up gently used seat posts and stems from eBay for a fraction of their original price. You should buy a zero offset seat post, which will allow you to move your seat further forward.
  14. Thread: Saddle Comfort

    by Doc V
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    You should record all the measurements as they...

    You should record all the measurements as they are and mark them on the bike. Then flip your stem to the positive angle if it is already on the negative. Otherwise you could try a shorter stem,...
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    It sounds like you to do some high intensity...

    It sounds like you to do some high intensity interval training. Try a 45-60 minutes spin class 2-3x per week and ride on weekends or you could try the following the training program by Chris...
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    Are you stretching adequately? The seat combined...

    Are you stretching adequately? The seat combined with tight hamstrings could be an issue.
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    I believe that stems are measured from the center...

    I believe that stems are measured from the center point of the fork tube to the center point of the handlebar clamp.
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    Could be the high and low limit screws are set...

    Could be the high and low limit screws are set such that they do not allow the rear derailleur to shift to those gears. It could also be that they chain is too short, but I would expect that it could...
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    If it is the fabric type, then wet it with water...

    If it is the fabric type, then wet it with water prior to putting it on.
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    I am 5ft 6in (167.6cm) and ride a 52cm effective...

    I am 5ft 6in (167.6cm) and ride a 52cm effective top tube frame. The Competitive Cyclist website calcs say I should ride a 53-54cm effective top tube, but I am disproportionately long in the legs...
  21. Thread: Stem too long..

    by Doc V
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    So long as your seat height and setback are set...

    So long as your seat height and setback are set correctly, then I would say you probably need shorten the stem by 20mm. One way to try this out before buying a new stem is get the stem used from a...
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    I like the Timbuk2 XL saddle bag. It works great...

    I like the Timbuk2 XL saddle bag. It works great because it fits a tube, 2 tire levers, Crankbrothers multi-19 tool, stick-on patches, keys and my LG Optimus G phone with a little room to spare; all...
  23. Thread: Seeing behind me

    by Doc V
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    I really like the Bike-Eye mirror. It mounts to...

    I really like the Bike-Eye mirror. It mounts to the frame and is very stable. The new wider version allows you to see more to the left of you.
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    From your dimensions it looks like your inseam is...

    From your dimensions it looks like your inseam is roughly 50% your height. My inseam:height is 49% so I know somewhat how you feel. The key for me was to buy the bike by sizing it according to the...
  25. Thread: Sore lower back

    by Doc V
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    Could you please post a picture of you on the...

    Could you please post a picture of you on the bike with your legs in the 3 and 9 o'clock position? Please wear cycling shorts so that we can view the position of your knee. It may be that your seat...
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