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Newbie + Ebay + Newborn = DumDum - Help!

Old 03-28-07, 10:12 AM
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Newbie + Ebay + Newborn = DumDum - Help!

I bought my dream bike of Ebay last November - it is a Cervelo Soloist (aluminum) I bought a 56cm because Cervelos run a little big (I am 6'). My wife and I had our second child in January and therefore I have not had time to ride it as much as I wanted. I am riding the local MS150 at the end of Apirl (my second one).

I started training and I noticed that my ankles/achilles starting hurting about 30 miles in and I was really stretched out. I thought that changing the stem length would do the trick so I hopped on handy dandy Bikeforums.net and searched for some bike fit tips. I went home last night and measured to see how much stem length I needed to reduce. It was then I realized that my 56cm is a 61cm ! There was not a sticker on the bike showing size. The guy I bought it from was a Stanford Professor who had never sold something on Ebay. Also, I have changed the wheels, saddle, bars, etc to make it a little more OCP. The most frustrating thing is trying to explain this to my wife. It took months of lobbying and general wearing down to get her to understand the value of extra money for the Soloist. She told me this morning that she "hates" the bike.

Ok, I am 3 weeks away from the MS150 and I think my options are as follows:

1) Change the stem to a super short length (70-80mm) and move the seat up. I have a 100mm on right now.
2) Flip the seatpost and make the MS150 my own 180 time trial
3) Sell on Ebay and buy a better fitting bike on Ebay or LBS (should have probably bought from LBS to start)

I understand I may get ripped for this but any help would be appreciated. To add to the fun, today is my birthday and this one gets me out of the 25-34 age bracket. Thanks.
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Old 03-28-07, 10:20 AM
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You can try the stem and seat option, but I doubt its going to work. If you really need a 56cm, and you currently have a 61cm, thats a lot of "extra" bike to hide with adjustments.....me thinks its going to be time to sell it, or trade for a bike in your correct size.

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Old 03-28-07, 10:24 AM
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oops!
Always ask them to take measurements of the seat tube and top tube.
Uh, don't ride the bike. It'll torture you.
Sell it on Fleabay to someone else. You'll take a hit, but if you ride that oversized bike you could end up hurting yourself.
Go to the LBS get yourself sized/fitted, and buy a 2006 closeout bike. You'll probably save 15-20% off retail and you'll get free tune ups for a year or more.
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Old 03-28-07, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by rgrooms24
so I hopped on handy dandy Bikeforums.net and searched for some bike fit tips

that's your first mistake!

j/k I know it sounds rough but I'd say it needs to be sold you wont be able to keep on going on that thing and now is a perfect time to change it out and still give you a bit of time to get comfortable on a new bike for the ms150.
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Old 03-28-07, 10:38 AM
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Wow? A 61? Sell it.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:12 AM
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Yep, sell it and get a 56cm Cervelo, or something else. I'm guessing you didn't get any pictures in the ebay listing you bought it from because a quick glance would have told you it was a larger frame and not a 56cm.

Also note that if you get a short stem and move the saddle forward, you may start having bad saddle pain from not placing weight properly on the site bones and moving it onto the perinium.
A 58cm you could have probably worked with, a 61 is just too big.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:25 AM
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#3, and get a cheaper bike in the right size off Ebay if money is tight.
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since you are in grown-up sizes (>55 cm ~zing~), the easiest way to have people measure bikes over internet is to ask them to measure the HEADTUBE. it is practically impossible for people to goof that measurement up. once you get that, you just compare it to the companies' archive pages.
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if you are going to unload the 61 (and assuming it really is a 61), pm me before putting it back on ebay.
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Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no
since you are in grown-up sizes (>55 cm ~zing~), the easiest way to have people measure bikes over internet is to ask them to measure the HEADTUBE. it is practically impossible for people to goof that measurement up.
oh yeah? they'll measure from the fork to the handlebar.

You cannot get a 61cm Cervelo to fit anyone under 6'4", even big Jens Voigt runs a 58cm.

Sell the frame.
 
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Sorry, but I am still laughing at the "fact" that it was a Stanford professor. How did you not notice the decrease in standover height?
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Originally Posted by rgrooms24
I am 3 weeks away from the MS150 and I think my options are as follows:

1) Change the stem to a super short length (70-80mm) and move the seat up. I have a 100mm on right now.
2) Flip the seatpost and make the MS150 my own 180 time trial
3) Sell on Ebay and buy a better fitting bike on Ebay or LBS (should have probably bought from LBS to start)
I'd vote for option 3. And I'd go buy the bike today so you can start riding it and get saddle, bars, positioning just right. The last thing you want is a new bike in your hands one week before the MS150 (in other words, don't go the ebay route this late in the game).

Originally Posted by rgrooms24
She told me this morning that she "hates" the bike.
What a nice b-day present for you. I can imagine how well she will take a new bike. Just be sure to find one that costs less than this one you are selling to have less stuff hit the fan. Good luck.
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option 4 sell on craigslist.

avoid scambay
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