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Old 05-13-19, 02:44 PM
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Whatever keeps it fun and keeps a person riding.
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Old 05-15-19, 11:36 AM
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Whatever keeps it fun and keeps a person riding.
This is ironic. I just got through going back and forth with a guy who had a Topic on this Trending Posts segment, who after riding for 50 years is getting out of Cicyling. Didn't make any sense. The benefits of Cicyling are tremendous as you get older.

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Old 05-15-19, 05:08 PM
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Try mounting cow-horn bars, angled up to what you find comfortable, bonus points for "grab-ons" (thick dense foam tubes designed to pad handlebars, I use Edge shave gel to slide them on, they grip when dry). This will improve your reach issue for any given frame, improve your hand comfort due to the longer grip area, and have the brake handles immediately accessible at any given time. And yes, you can use standard road handles or brifters mounted on the end of the bars, varying the position on the end curve for optimum handle reach, you don't need the special handles that fit inside the end of the bars. Bonus points for adding a set of clip-on bars, with forearm pads that are adjustable for both center-to-center width, and height, for optimum comfort; clip-ons that adjust for everything independent of the main handlebars are, in my opinion, superior to all-in-one time-trial or triathlon bars. I wish I had a pic of my old road bike to show you. (These days I ride a 20" wheel folder with straight bars and clip-ons, but I'm thinking of digging into storage for that extra cow-horn bar I have.)

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Old 05-15-19, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Duragrouch View Post
Try mounting cow-horn bars, angled up to what you find comfortable, bonus points for "grab-ons" (thick dense foam tubes designed to pad handlebars, I use Edge shave gel to slide them on, they grip when dry). This will improve your reach issue for any given frame, improve your hand comfort due to the longer grip area, and have the brake handles immediately accessible at any given time. And yes, you can use standard road handles or brifters mounted on the end of the bars, varying the position on the end curve for optimum handle reach, you don't need the special handles that fit inside the end of the bars. Bonus points for adding a set of clip-on bars, with forearm pads that are adjustable for both center-to-center width, and height, for optimum comfort; clip-ons that adjust for everything independent of the main handlebars are, in my opinion, superior to all-in-one time-trial or triathlon bars. I wish I had a pic of my old road bike to show you. (These days I ride a 20" wheel folder with straight bars and clip-ons, but I'm thinking of digging into storage for that extra cow-horn bar I have.)
Um, not quite, but thanks.
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Old 05-16-19, 08:05 AM
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This thread made me think of a joke I heard on The 2 Ronnies TV show many, many moons ago. It went something like this:





"Did I tell you I went to a nude wedding?"
"No you didn't."
"I was an inch away from being the best man."

Speaking of 54 cm frames, I'm sitting in my office ogling one now. It is this sexy Italian with a Italian flag color paint scheme. I have to transport it this weekend and hand it over to another BF member who bought it from my area. It has Conti Gaterskins mounted at the moment. Those are good tires, but more of a commuter tire. This bike needs a racier tire. Should I send a message to the new owner so he can have another set of tires ready?
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Speaking of 54 cm frames, I'm sitting in my office ogling one now. It is this sexy Italian with a Italian flag color paint scheme. I have to transport it this weekend and hand it over to another BF member who bought it from my area. It has Conti Gaterskins mounted at the moment. Those are good tires, but more of a commuter tire. This bike needs a racier tire. Should I send a message to the new owner so he can have another set of tires ready?
I would guess "No need," as it's not going to be ridden until it's all Campagnolo.....

That's kind of how those guys operate.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Like I want to know that.
You should. I did and I have it.

Now it is all a question to take steps to halt its advance.

Knowledge is power.
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Old 05-16-19, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I would guess "No need," as it's not going to be ridden until it's all Campagnolo.....

That's kind of how those guys operate.
I'm guessing he will at least take it for a short spin around the parking lot. Once he lays his eyes on it, it will be hard to resist. Since he is going to change it, I should inform him that the cables are grey. Personally, I think the grey goes well with the grey tricolor. But if he is going to change the group, might as well go with some colorful cable.
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Back to the shriveling.

I've been spending my last 4 weeks of commuting time (10-12 hours/week) on my Milwaukee Road with the saddle pushed a little forward, and a shorter 6 degree stem instead of my normal 17 degree stem, and it felt OK. I'm just commuting, right? Then, Tues. I get on my Turbo that is set up like my bikes have been set up for years -- long and low. The Turbo did not feel as good as it did for the hundreds of early Spring miles and the long route in Cambria. So, what to do?

I hung up that Milwaukee and will be riding my other bikes until I can reset it to my "cheating father time" position.
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