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  1. 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...
  3. 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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    A good start would be to get a rough sizing range...

    A good start would be to get a rough sizing range from Fit Calculator at Road & Mountain Bikes | Apparel, Accessories & Parts | Competitive Cyclist. I agree a 54cm sounds a bit large for your height,...
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    Your torso/height proportions are almost average...

    Your torso/height proportions are almost average at 82/179*100= 45.8% and the average male is 46.5-47.5% so frame sizing should work for you. By these numbers it appears you are slightly long in the...
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    Being an all leg guy, I found fitting the top...

    Being an all leg guy, I found fitting the top tube to my short torso a better option than trying to go with a short stem. The frame I chose has a longer head tube so that my drop is not excessive and...
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    Yes, it is in cm. I'll say the Size My Bike app...

    Yes, it is in cm. I'll say the Size My Bike app for Android is quite useful and close. Calculators give you a good starting point, but you should always confirm the fit with how the bike fits your...
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    www.competitvecyclist.com has a good guide on how...

    www.competitvecyclist.com has a good guide on how to measure your body, but you can do it by placing a marker in your hand, extending your arm out in front of you, and then measuring from your...
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    To a certain extent your flexibility will dictate...

    To a certain extent your flexibility will dictate your reach. Generally when in the drops I like to have my face directly over the head tube and with my forearms parallel to the ground, my forearms...
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    I am going to chime in with take a look at REI's...

    I am going to chime in with take a look at REI's house brand Novara, specifically the Strada (105) and Trenta (Ultegra) bikes. The frames are designed by Novara in-house designers. These bikes pack a...
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    My wife got me a Cateye Stealth 50 with...

    My wife got me a Cateye Stealth 50 with speed/cadence and heart rate sensors. Close relatives got me a Nashbar torque wrench. Now if it would just stop raining every weekend so I can get out on the...
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    A website I use when adjusting derailleurs is...

    A website I use when adjusting derailleurs is http://www.williambenedict.com/bikes/derailleurs.html, because it specifically instructs you on when to set the cable tension and on using the barrel...
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    I have Ultegra brifters and RD, 105 FD and...

    I have Ultegra brifters and RD, 105 FD and cassette, and FSA Gossamer Pro Compact chainrings with no chain rub noise of the chain rubbing on the chainrings or FD. It took adjusting the FD 4 times to...
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    I like to do spin classes 2-3x per week in...

    I like to do spin classes 2-3x per week in addition to riding on the weekends and the spin bikes have SPD pedals so I went with Shimano A600 pedals and XC30 shoes. The combo has worked out great on...
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    Two fairly good guides for finding the proper top...

    Two fairly good guides for finding the proper top tube length are: 1) when your hands are on the hoods the front axle should be obscured by the handlebars or the axle should be in front of the...
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    You should put the bread, card board, etc. At the...

    You should put the bread, card board, etc. At the top of a set of stairs and sit with your legs at a 90 degree bend as this drives the sit bones downward.
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    First off you should get the measurements of the...

    First off you should get the measurements of the effective top tube length as that is more accurate to fitting a bike than the down tube length, which is probably the length you were told. If you are...
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    Personally I fit my own cleats (with no previous...

    Personally I fit my own cleats (with no previous experience) and it was not that hard. I followed Steve Hogg’s series on foot correction and cleat positioning, the first of the series can be found...
  19. Thread: Stem Rise

    by Doc V
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    You should check out an adjustable stem rise stem...

    You should check out an adjustable stem rise stem like the one in this link http://www.jensonusa.com/Kalloy-Road-Adjustable-Rise-Stem. That way you play with the angle to find the one that works for...
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    When you walk or stand do your feet point out,...

    When you walk or stand do your feet point out, in, or straight? If they are not straight and your pedals have no float, then your feet are being pushed in an unnatural angle. I would also definitely...
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    A windbreaker jacket like the conversion jackets...

    A windbreaker jacket like the conversion jackets by Pearl Izumi or Novara, a sort sleeve or long sleeve base layer, knee warmers, wool socks and full fingered gloves should suit you well.
  22. Can you ride on the hoods with a slight bend in...

    Can you ride on the hoods with a slight bend in your elbows? If not, you probably are a little too stretched out and should try shorter stems.
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    I have fibromyalgia so at times physical...

    I have fibromyalgia so at times physical exertion, especially hills, can be painful. Oddly enough my fibro has improved dramatically the more I exercise and cycle. I have a fairly extensive...
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    I like to use car wash and wax products on the...

    I like to use car wash and wax products on the frame. I really like the new line of rinseless washes and spray waxes. For chain lubrication I use Finish Line's Dry lube and for pivot points I use...
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    Congrats on getting your weigh shifted off your...

    Congrats on getting your weigh shifted off your hands.

    Mount over the top tube, rotate one of the pedals to the 2 o'clock position, click in to that pedal, then step up on to that pedal and place...
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