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I love my Litespeed!

Old 09-24-10, 10:32 PM
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I love my Litespeed!

Just got me a used litespeed firenze (2004 55cm) a few day ago.
What a difference from the fixed gear I had been riding for the last year (Raleigh Rush 2007 55cm)
The Ti soaks up the bumps a lot more than my steel Rush. Likely the geometry comes into play too.

Now I am trying to dial in the fit and I just dont understand the use of the drops. Should I have a flat back in this position? Is this position used when standing?

I am 5'11" with an inseam of about 33" maybe a little less. I felt comfy on the Rush though its top tube is .25 inch longer than the firenze. The Rush has a 90 mm stem. I was thinking of a 100 mm stem on this bike. Sound right?

I really have no idea how the top tube angles effect my position etc. The firenze looks small compared to the Rush but maybe that is due to the lower BB?

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Old 09-24-10, 11:00 PM
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First things first. If you are going to own one, you should spell it correctly. It is Litespeed not Lightspeed. Congrats on the new bike. I have been riding Litespeeds since the mid 90s and love the ride.
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fixed the spelling, it has been a long week. any help on my questions regarding posture or pics of someone in the drops.
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seems the title can't be fixed??
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If a mod likes you, the title will get changed. If not, your blunder goes down in history.
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Originally Posted by robabeatle
fixed the spelling, it has been a long week. any help on my questions regarding posture or pics of someone in the drops.
Posting a picture of someone in the drops will not be of much help because they are not you. How you set up your bike is determined a lot by how you plan to use it, your fitness level, and comfort. Don't worry about how others are fitted on their bikes. If you are planning on doing a lot of racing, which in the U.S. means a lot of crits usually, you will probably set the bike up with the bars lower than if you are setting up a century/all day cruiser. My biggest consideration is comfort. I feel that if I am not comfortable, I can't put out as much power even though I may be more aerodynamic in a lower position. It is kind of a compromise to get as low as you can but still be comfortable. Most of the time I am on the hoods or tops of the bars and only hit the drops when things get really fast, into a headwind or sprinting. I don't climb out of the saddle in the drops much unless it is a short power climb and I am sprinting up it. A couple of years ago, I went on a ride where we did 135 miles the first day and 180 miles the second. I used the same bike I race on (Litespeed Tuscany, 57cm) and was comfortable the whole ride. That is how I judge whether my bike is set up correctly. I don't worry about how flat my back is compared to the other riders.
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Okay...I put on a 90mm stem and rode a bit last night but it felt cramped (maybe) so I will exchange for a 100 mm today and put more miles on it.
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I do own a Litespeed though.

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Originally Posted by robabeatle
Now I am trying to dial in the fit and I just dont understand the use of the drops. Should I have a flat back in this position? Is this position used when standing?
Generally speaking, the drops are an attempt to get more aerodynamic at the expense of the relatively more upright positions of the hoods an tops of the bars that tend to be more comfortable. It's all a tradeoff. My stem is pretty low compared to my seat, and I generally ride on the brake hoods and usually only in the drops if I'm going downhill or for some other reason going faster than normal. When I stand, I have my hands on the brake hoods, but I would imagine some people like having their hands in the drops.
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