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New To Me Bike Day! Quick question about forks/handlebars/headset rattle on bimos

Old 10-15-22, 09:19 AM
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New To Me Bike Day! Quick question about forks/handlebars/headset rattle on bimos

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Old 10-15-22, 09:26 AM
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New To Me Bike Day! Quick question about forks/handlebars/headset rattle on bimos

2004 Lemond. Outfitted with narrower handlebars and shorter headset or something. Seems to fit fine so far. Maybe if I post a pic you can advise on fit.

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Old 10-15-22, 09:27 AM
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Can't seem to edit the pic for some reason so you can see how excited my daughter is about my new purchase
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Totally agree with your daughter. Maybe it'd fit her.
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Thanks for pissing on my parade. I agree it looks small in the pic but it actually feels ok.

Anyone know any bike forums where people aren't complete *******s? Seriously.
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That chainring right next to the couch is giving me the willies.

The way to check for a loose headset is squeeze the front brake with one hand and push the bike forward and back with the other. If you hear knocking, or feel it through the frame, your headset is loose. If you don't know how to fix that, and especially if you don't have a torque wench, take it to your LBS.

How tall are you? That doesn't look like it's any bigger than 56 cm, and more like 54.
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I'm 5'10 maybe it is small guess I'll throw it in the dump. Happy now?
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A pic with hands on the hoods might provide better insight on fit. I think since your hands are back on the bar and has your posture more upright might be throwing us off.
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I don't see a problem with it. If those are the shoes and pedals you're using, I'd lower the seat a few mm. Congrats on the new bike.
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Ok thanks for the civil reply. I'm going to ride it Monday with a local group and get feedback from them. But thank you
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What are your goals with starting the thread? Is it for fitting advice or just to let people see your new bike? If you really want fitting advice, don't be a wanker. You get nothing constructive going that route.
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Appreciate it guys.
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Feedback is fine. Snark isn't.
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If it's too small say "I think it's too small.". Simple, right?
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Looks like a nice bike

if it feels good to you it is good

it is very difficult to access fit based on a picture. Unfortunately to do it right, someone needs to watch you ride from multiple angles.

i happen to think a proper bike fit from a reputable LBS is worth the $100 or so they might charge. They may tweak the saddle and handlebar angle, height of the handlebar, or recommend a different size stem or change the position of your cleats if you use them. The thing about bike fits is you are only talking about mm of differences that can make the bike more comfortable, responsive and ultimately more fun to ride. I went from having neck and back pain after every ride to being able to ride hours without problems after a bike fit which included getting a shorter stem, raising the seatpost, moving the saddle forward and rotating the handlebar. All these changes were quite small but definitely noticeable.

Do you need a proper fit? It depends on how much you value post ride pain and getting the most performance from a given bike - as well as if something doesn’t feel like it fits right.

Of course, you can ride a bike for years without a fit, it is not a requirement

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congrats on the bike. Agree with above, hard to tell if it’s too small due to the way you are sitting. Highly recommend taking it to a local bike shop and having them give it a once over and helping you get the fit right. Even if it is too small, it’s not the end of the world. Bike shop can help you make it work.
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Oh, lighten up, Francis! This is the internet. Are you new here?

Here's a tip - take a picture of the bike without you, against something like a wall or garage door. That will tell us whether the saddle is slammed forward, or back or is about neutral. It will also tell us how much seatpost is exposed.

Next, measure your inseam by standing in bare feet and jamming a book in your crotch, and measure from the floor to the top of the book.

Next, measure the seat tube from the center of the crank to the middle of the top tube, and then the top tube from the middle of the seat tube to the middle of the head tube. Also, the stem from the center of the steerer tube to the center of the bars. Then the bars from the center of one end to the other. Ideally in centimeters, but if you only have inches, multiply by 2.54.

Next, put on some shorts, get on the bike leaning against a wall, and have someone take pics of you with the cranks at 3:00 and 9:00, and at maximum extension. Make sure the spindle of the pedal is under the ball of your foot, not the middle.

It is POSSIBLE to make a smaller frame KIND OF fit, but it will always be a compromise. I had to give up a bike I really liked because I could not make it fit. The bars would always be too low unless I used an ugly, extra tall stem.
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Based on the pic posted, the bike does look to be a size down too small. But, easier to work around/fitting a bike that is smaller than a bike sized up too big.

Again, based on the pic posted, first thing I'd do is throw on a setback seat post and then lower the seat post height in order to give your knee a better bend and range of motion. A good start would be around 30° and if you feel too crunched up front when on the shifters or on the drops, you can always go with a longer stem.
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These are all positive comments. Thank you. Fwiw the top bar fits firmly against my junk when I straddle it flat footed.

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I agree on a fitting. I'm going to ride with some folks in Monday and see how it feels. I do feel like I am in "over the front wheel" a bit, but maybe that's ok.

Also fwiw the guy I bought it from was a good inch taller than me. Also with longer limbs
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Here's the seat and post. Not sure what info can be had from it.
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I agree on a fitting. I'm going to ride with some folks in Monday and see how it feels. I do feel like I am in "over the front wheel" a bit, but maybe that's ok.

Also fwiw the guy I bought it from was a good inch taller than me. Also with longer limbs

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I thought the post was about rattling bimbos ... I just wanted to find out what I was missing.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
What are your goals with starting the thread? Is it for fitting advice or just to let people see your new bike? If you really want fitting advice, don't be a wanker. You get nothing constructive going that route.
I guess since you're another annoying Brit I'll just tell you to "bugger off, poofter."
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Originally Posted by freeranger View Post
A pic with hands on the hoods might provide better insight on fit. I think since your hands are back on the bar and has your posture more upright might be throwing us off.
yeah, the seat is too high in that pic .... and since you are not in your actual riding posture, it is impossible for us to guess if it fits ..... impossible anyway, because the only real test is riding as many miles as you can comfortably and then deciding.

My first thought was that the frame was too small, and even if you drop the seat a couple cm it might be .... but who knows?
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