Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
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new to this not-shifting thing...
Hi guys --
Been riding seriously about 5 years now. Started out at 245 or so, now down to 212. I have a steel road bike (Kona Kapu), an aluminum MTB and a custom lugged steel roadie built and on the way (with a stop over at NAHBS).
A couple of weeks ago one of my riding buddies spotted a lugged steel bike from the same builder on ebay. It's an older build from Ira Ryan, and is finished in a more classic brown, with a TT within 1/2 cm of what he is building for me.
And now it's mine.
I've already changed out the stem and bars (silver) and need to change the crank arms as 165s are simply too short for me (I ride 175s on the road bike -- I'm about 6'3.5). Beyon that, plans are for a front brake and a bike for simple, fast workouts when I don't have 5 hours for a long ride.
It rides amazingly well -- feels very alive under me. Haven't come off yet, and have built up the confidence to ride with clip less on it, although I have yet to go anywhere but a local park for laps. So far have managed 22 miles, and got her up to 29.5 mph.
Any tips on how to set it up and how to get my brain used to not mashing up a hill and then stopping (without the ability to coast, that has given me a mighty shove a few times...)?