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First Road Bike. Madone 4.7

Old 04-14-12, 06:34 PM
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First Road Bike. Madone 4.7

I got a Corvette with a lawnmower engine...

I bought this yesterday at my local Trek Stores spring sale. Full Ultegra, save for the cassette(105). I took it out for a virgin 20 mile ride, and dropped chain once. I fixed that issue and it has been so smooth and fast. Getting used to when to shift is not as easy as I thought it would be, but I suspect that to come with practice.

Getting used to clipless has been an interesting endeavor, and I have fallen a few times off my rollers.

Now the 41 is my life...

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Old 04-14-12, 06:45 PM
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nice bike. did the bike shop fit you on the bike?
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Before purchase (about 2 weeks ago, I was shopping around) They did a Priminary fitting on a 4.5(same frame), and then set this one up to that. After I ride for about 2 weeks they will then adjust the bike to what I have found. I need a shorter stem, I am reaching jsut a bit too far.
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Flip it
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Yeah, have them re-examine the seat height. raising it a little bit may make you faster. Happy riding.
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Old 04-14-12, 06:51 PM
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What are your measurements? 18" inseam?
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Nice bike
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Congrats on the bike. I purchased a 4.7 last year with Rival. It's more bike than I'll ever need, though it's a hobby that makes you want more gear and second bikes. In all honesty everything, even the seat it perfectly adequate for competitive riding!
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I have a 30" inseam, and the seat is fine, I just need a new stem. Before someone tells me a smaller frame might have been a better idea, I rode a 52cm(the next size down,) I felt no where near as comfortable, and like the cockpit was too short.

Thanks for the compliments.
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Nice bike. But the saddle looks too low ! You might want to check it with your LBS
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Originally Posted by McFlurrey06 View Post
I have a 30" inseam, and the seat is fine, I just need a new stem.
It's not fine...your seat is slammed and your stem is not...the world is going to implode
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
It's not fine...your seat is slammed and your stem is not...the world is going to implode
And damn, I was hoping it would explode
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Originally Posted by McFlurrey06 View Post
I have a 30" inseam, and the seat is fine, I just need a new stem. Before someone tells me a smaller frame might have been a better idea, I rode a 52cm(the next size down,) I felt no where near as comfortable, and like the cockpit was too short.

Thanks for the compliments.
Judging fit on your first bike by what "feels comfortable" is probably a bad idea.
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Yeah, it's not about whether or not your bike is comfortable, it's about proper saddle to bar drop.
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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
Judging fit on your first bike by what "feels comfortable" is probably a bad idea.
Because I would hate to be comfortable after 20 miles
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Originally Posted by san2411 View Post
Nice bike. But the saddle looks too low ! You might want to check it with your LBS
+1. I'm a pretty inflexible 60 year old and my seat is 6cm above my bars, and that's considered a pretty "relaxed" fit. Unless you've got some serious lower back issues, the seat needs to come up. Check back with your bike shop.
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Originally Posted by McFlurrey06 View Post
Because I would hate to be comfortable after 20 miles
Please take this as someone who is really trying to help you. The fact that you see 20 miles as a significant enough distance to make this decision on is proof that you probably need the opinion of someone who knows more than you do.
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Originally Posted by McFlurrey06 View Post
I have a 30" inseam, and the seat is fine, I just need a new stem. Before someone tells me a smaller frame might have been a better idea, I rode a 52cm(the next size down,) I felt no where near as comfortable, and like the cockpit was too short.

Thanks for the compliments.
The 52 also likely was setup incorrectly for you. The cockpit being too short was likely a result of too short of a stem on that bike, for your body type.

Assuming that saddle *is* properly adjusted, you basically need to lose all the spacers AND then go to at least a 0deg stem. You're practically sitting up straight.
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Come on people.... Comfort is still a priority while minimizing bad habits and getting fitted. I don't know much about about road bike physics, but as a life long athlete, I know that not everyone has the same body geometry. I will say, that when I started riding some of the problems I was having were not being caused by e things I thought - so ya listen to the bike shop first, and make small tweaks.
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Originally Posted by ArchEtech View Post
Come on people.... Comfort is still a priority while minimizing bad habits and getting fitted. I don't know much about about road bike physics, but as a life long athlete, I know that not everyone has the same body geometry. I will say, that when I started riding some of the problems I was having were not being caused by e things I thought - so ya listen to the bike shop first, and make small tweaks.
You're totally right, and comfort *is* key, but:

The OP is 23 and about 160 (according to prior posts.). That's probably a little overweight based on the size of his bike, but it's nothing bad. There's no reason for him to be in a position my 60 year old mom could handle.
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Regardless of fit, congrats on the great looking bike.
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You're totally right, and comfort *is* key, but:

The OP is 23 and about 160 (according to prior posts.). That's probably a little overweight based on the size of his bike, but it's nothing bad. There's no reason for him to be in a position my 60 year old mom could handle.
You are pretty much on. I also come in right around 5'8", and this bike is what works for me. And you have to understand that was a picture just before my first ride. With subsequent rides I will be making adjustments to the bike. I'm sure when I get it all settled in right, it will be approved.
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thats a pretty bike. I agree with everyone saying that you're probably not set up in the most optimal position but if you're happy then whos to say whats right for you and your recreational riding enjoyment. by the way you should raise the seat, remove some spacers and flip the stem
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thats a pretty bike. I agree with everyone saying that you're probably not set up in the most optimal position but if you're happy then whos to say whats right for you and your recreational riding enjoyment. by the way you should raise the seat, remove some spacers and flip the stem
All of that is done, tested on rollers, to be confirmed the next day I don't work.
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NICE RIDE! Congrats!

10-4 on the pedals.... I had my first 0MPH biff a few days ago. LOL!

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