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Old 04-18-16, 09:12 PM
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Cannondale Slate for bad shoulders

Hi Folks, I mention in another discussion that I have had 6 rotator cuff surgeries along with a full hip replacement and a recent complete foot reconstruction. (It's hell getting old). Needless to say, I can no longer participate in ultra marathons or triathlons. That leaves me with cycling. However, my shoulders are a challenge...that's why I am really intrigued with the Cannondale Slate. I need something that will allow me to ride distance without having my shoulders beaten to death by rough roads. I want to ride long distance but not pay for it by getting my shoulders beaten up. Is the Slate a good option or are there other road bikes I should consider? Thanks. Frank
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The Lefty fork is good at absorbing road shock but on an alloy frame a triple spring leather saddle like the Brooks B-73 really makes short work of road chatter.
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It doesn't change your posture, so I would think you'd be carrying as much of your weight through your shoulders as ever.
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You can certainly adjust the Lefty to be on the soft side as well as running 45-50psi up front and you wont notice most pavement imperfections and jarring compared to a rigid road bike and tire. You could also change out the stem to help take weight off of your shoulders. I don't have many miles on my slate yet but so far it is supremely smooth and comfortable for me. I imagine that just running a bit lower psi on any road bike will ease the suffering a bit but with the slate, you have the big tire and the shock so it's a win win.
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The fork will help prevent some shock from being transmitted to your shoulder, but the riding position will still weight your shoulder. It sounds like you need a long demo ride to see if that general ergonomic style will work for you. Getting old is certainly not for sissies.
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No, a susp'fork of any kind wont help with your described situation. You need ( as others have mentioned ) to change your riding position & how you ride. The only "distance" bike for your described situation, would be a recumbent style, upright style riding is not really for distance.
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Actually you should be looking at these if you want comfort with the upright position. I rode many centurys with older guys moving to these with shoulder problems.

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Before the others do it I will chime in with the dreaded word "recumbent". I'm only sorry I didn't learn about them a lot sooner than 16 years ago. If you get the right one, your shoulders will not be stressed at all.

Nor will a lot of the other parts of your anatomy.
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The "R" word.

There might be a recumbent bicycle in your future. Definitely will take the pressure off of your shoulder joints.
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Yep, the "R" word is the Word. No competing, but no strain on shoulders. Either that or find a bike that sits you bolt-upright so your butt hurts.

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Road Bike Action magazine did a piece on the Slate in their April 2016 edition. If you plan to get into the dirt at all be sure to have some tires with tread instead of the standard slick tires. One of the reviewers, Zap Espinoza, took two falls in the dirt with the slicks. That doesn't sound like something you'd want to do.
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