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Old 06-04-02, 08:57 PM
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GABIKER, how are those clipless shoes doing? Are you used to them yet? I'm still debating about it. I have the 424 (434???) pedals. Do you think it'll be too much of a hassle for city riding? Should I change my pedals so that I can put toe straps on?
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Old 06-05-02, 04:20 AM
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Cadd,

If you have CXP-21 wheels on your Sirrus you might want to either go back to the LBS you bought or you do it, but replace the rim tape on the inside with a cloth or I think it is called vilox or something like that. I had 4 flats last week and they were all poping from within. Went through $20 worth of tubes before I figured it out. I guess the stuff they use doesn't hold up to the pressure the tires run at.

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Old 06-06-02, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for the info, let me check when I get home to see what type of rims I have. All I know is that they're Mavics.
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Old 06-06-02, 08:44 PM
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I do have the CXP-21! I haven't had any problems yet (well, considering my bike has only seen 35 miles on it). I will voice my concern about it next time I goto the LBS. Did they charge you for the fix?

I love this bike!
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You can buy rim tape for a few bucks. I change my rim tape every year. I'm not sure what the reccomended life of the stuff is, but i know people who have used the same rim tape for 5+ years.
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Old 06-07-02, 01:37 AM
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Yeah, usually manufacturers save money by using a cheap, plastic rim strip that slips and you get flats.

VELOX cloth rim tape
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Old 06-07-02, 04:18 AM
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My LBS only charged me for the materials and they did use velox. Mine must have been real bad because I got a flat a week after I got the bike.

And yes it was that cheap plastice stuff.
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I know I'm digging this post up from the ground, but I have some unfinished business. I received two comments on this in the last 2 weeks and I think I'm starting to doubt my decision or my LBS's recommendation.

First, on the weekend, I was riding on the bike path and met this guy on a Trek 7500FX we rode together and chatted for about 4 miles. At one point he mentioned to me that my bike "looks kinda small for me". I commented that I feels kinda snug and my shoes sometimes touch the front wheels when my cranks are parallel and I turn far enough. I also mentioned that sometimes I feel that I'm not stretch enough. I feel that when I'm going fast, I sometimes have to move my butt back to lower my body to reduce wind resistance and to increase leg power.

Now tonight on my 15 mile ride, I met a guy riding a recumbent. I rode with him down the same stretch of path for about 4 miles. He ALSO mentioned "I think this bike is too small for you, what size is it?"

I told him the same thing I told the guy on the 7500FX.

Since I'm a newbie at this, at first before anyone made any comments about the size of my bike, I thought it was JUST ME that was thinking this....and I dismissed the issue.

Now that 2 people (total strangers) said something about it, I'm starting to doubt my LBS!!!

My 2001 Specialized Sirrus Sport comes in S, M and L. They had both the small and the medium in stock. The owner took a look at me and had me straddle over the top tube and said the SMALL fits better.

Now, I'm not an expert on this....but I need and WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE SOME HELP FROM MY FORUM BUDDIES.

If I give you my stats, would you be able to tell me what size bike is a better choice for me?

I'm feel so cheated now
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Old 07-25-02, 02:32 AM
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It's difficult to judge how well you're frame fits you just from stats, but I'm sure some of the folks here who work in shops will have an idea.

It could just be your saddle needs moving further back, maybe with a layback seat post. Your feet shouldn't hit the wheel, but that could be a fault/character iof the design of the bike rather than a size problem.

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Cadd,

Go to Wrenchscience.com and do some of their measurements. The problem you will have with this is not really knowing the cm of you bike. The Sirrus is a compact geometry so the top tube will be sloped down some. If you measure from the center of the crank to the top of the seat tube and times that by 2.54 it will give you your fram size.

The Sirrus is a flat bar road bike so your are not going to get streched out on it like a drop bar road bike. That is the way it is designed. As far as hitting the wheel goes. Are you pedaling with the ball of you foot over the axle of your pedal?
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Originally posted by gabiker
As far as hitting the wheel goes. Are you pedaling with the ball of you foot over the axle of your pedal?
Yes I am, I have Specialized clipless shoes.
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Originally posted by gabiker
If you have CXP-21 wheels on your Sirrus you might want to either go back to the LBS you bought or you do it, but replace the rim tape on the inside with a cloth or I think it is called vilox or something like that. I had 4 flats last week and they were all poping from within. Went through $20 worth of tubes before I figured it out. I guess the stuff they use doesn't hold up to the pressure the tires run at.See Ya......
I had the same issue with my Sirrus. When I noticed the flats were occurring in the same spot, I got suspicious. Specialized used some crappy, soft rim tape which my LBS repaired for free.

With the hitting the wheels issue ... how large are your feet? I have never hit my wheel (not yet) and I have a size 12 with clipless shoes.

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My LBS didn't charge me any labor but they did charge for the tape.
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Old 07-25-02, 09:31 AM
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A small size 41 (7 1/2 - 8). Try it with your bike stationary. Thatís weird. I think the bike is really too small for me.

Iím 5í7Ē, 30inch inseam and a SMALL Sirrus with wheel/foot overlap problem. It doesnít bother me much of the time. Itís just that when there is traffic and when I have to maneuver the bike real slowly, sometimes when the cranks are horizontal, itíll hit the rear of the front wheel if itís turned far enough. I never fell from it, but I did panic.

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Originally posted by Cadd
A small size 41 (7 1/2 - 8). Try it with your bike stationary. Thatís weird. I think the bike is really too small for me.
I'll check tonight .. I'm curious now.
Going by your height, it seems that you're on the right size bike but who am I to say.
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If that is really your true inseam then you have a long torsoe and fairly short legs for your overall height. A rough estimate would be a 53cm bike which would probably put you between a S and M. If that is the case most LBS would put you on the smaller of the 2.

The main thing is not to listen to people on the street. If the bike is comfortable then ride it. If it is not your not going to ride it for long.

I really think it is to late to return it but you can do things to make it fit better. Like a little longer stem, maybe a lower stem, different bars, etc, etc...
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