I have a 1999 GT Outpost and I'm having trouble setting it up so that the bike is comfortable for me. I feel I have to lean to much forward and support my body with my hands. My gut feeling says that the handle bar should be higher but it's already as far out as it could be.
Bike shops so far haven't been much of a help either with finding a solution. Now I'm wondering if you have some suggestions about what I could try to make my ride more comfortable. The touring bikes that the bike shop suggested to me are all to much like road bikes and I'm not used to these bikes at all and even after test rides I'm not sure if I would be any happier with one of those. Below are some bike facts and background info that hopefully will give you some idea about my case.
1999 GT Outpost
5' 10" total height
26" arm length
Before that bike I only rode on old 3 speed (in hub) bicycle where I set upright. That was in Germany where I grew up. I still enjoy that position versus the road bikes where one tries to be as flat as possible.
I customized the bike a little to meet my needs and aside that my hands and arms have to support my upper body to much, which causes the bike to be uncomfortable, I really like it. I added front and rear racks, mud guards, bottle cages and lights.
My riding style is:
- not riding at all
- riding in town
- riding for a whole day or a weekend
(i.e. I enjoy self-sufficient weekend camping with bicycle where we take everything along including bike trailer for the kid)
- Major touring such as our week long ride along the Danube from Passau to Vienna (we took our planes via airplane from the US - nothing is cooler than assembling your bike at the airport and riding off) or RAGBRAI a week long ride across Iowa.
Right now I only have a couple of picture from our ride along the Danube in 2002 to share:
Are there things I could try to make my bike more comfortable or do you think I need a totally different frame and if so what?