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I Love My Windsor Hour!

Old 06-20-12, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by anonim
Apologies for reviving a month old thread.. given my measurements, which size would fit the best? 49cm matches my inseam, but it sounds too small for my height (5'7").

Fit Calculator results (from Competitive Cyclist) are attached. Bike geometry is here. Thanks in advance.

Inseam 29.75 in
Trunk 23.5 in
Forearm 12.5 in
Arm 23 in
Thigh 22.5 in
Lower Leg 21 in
Sternal Notch 54 in
Total Body Height 57 in
Looks like the 49cm is best for you. Top tube is more important than seat tube. You can raise your saddle.
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finally took out my good camera today (though the pictures are unedited and a bit over exposed)- This is the hour I am going to be selling, was my first intro to Fixed gear & now Im upgrading (and getting a larger frame)



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Old 06-21-12, 04:25 PM
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Nice. She has lots of... character.
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Old 06-21-12, 04:29 PM
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Ahh, the Intrepdid! Had family in town and took them there last Friday. Did you check out the space shuttle while you were around there?
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Originally Posted by anonim
Nice. She has lots of... character.
haha, just like me, I have my entire upper body tattooed, just waiting to start the legs this fall.

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Ahh, the Intrepdid! Had family in town and took them there last Friday. Did you check out the space shuttle while you were around there?
I see it often, I live a few blocks up near Lincoln Center, but I have not gone aboard yet. I don't think the exhibit is open yet, and it seems they covered it with a large tarp of sorts.
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Old 06-29-12, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_
Looks like the 49cm is best for you. Top tube is more important than seat tube. You can raise your saddle.
Please see attached photo. Does that fit look right to you guys? My previous bike is a hybrid so I'm not used to an aggressive stance, but it feels like the handlebar is way too close to my body when my hands are in the drop position. Should I have gotten a larger frame? My junk touches the top tube when I stand over it, so I doubt my inseam would allow for a larger frame size.. previous post with my measurements is here.

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what's the stem length?
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Old 06-29-12, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by calv
what's the stem length?
Per BD: Forged/Welded Aluminum, 26.0, Removable Clamp, Black Finish, 1.125" (49/52cm = 100mm, 54/56cm=110mm, 58/61cm=120mm). I have the 49cm frame.
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Old 06-29-12, 04:02 PM
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Well, if you feel cramped, you can try out a 110-30mm stem to see if that helps out any.
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Old 06-30-12, 09:01 AM
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I agree with Calv, try a longer stem. You could also keep your current stem and get a set of bullhorn handlebars to try and stretch you out a little more. Bike fit is a very personal thing, it seems like you are in the ball park...just do some tweaking until you get comfy.
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Old 06-30-12, 07:38 PM
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Thanks, I was planning on switching to a different handlebar anyway, will definitely look into the bullhorns. It's probably also a matter of getting used to the different riding position.
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Did someone really apologize for bumping this thread?
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Hey guys. My Windsor should be coming from BD this Friday.. It will be my first bike so when it comes to putting it together, I'm fairly clueless. Is it something I should be able to do on my own using online tutorials, or should I take it somewhere? Also, anything I should look out for when putting it together? Tips? Thanks! I'm so excited for it to get here.
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its pretty straight forward, if you can use a wrench you can put together the bike. the only thing you might do different is want to mount a front brake instead of a rear, more logical when riding fixed.
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Old 07-04-12, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Aristo7905
its pretty straight forward, if you can use a wrench you can put together the bike. the only thing you might do different is want to mount a front brake instead of a rear, more logical when riding fixed.
Will do. I remember reading somewhere about greasing something? I could be mistaken.. I'm just nervous I'll accidentally **** it up.

edit- Can I mod the rear brake to work as a front?

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Put together as much as you can of it. Mount the brake caliper and the brake lever yourself, it takes less than one minute. My LBS charges $40 for that. You can have them clip the brake line shorter and attach it for around $15-20. You'll also need to have the cog and lock ring tightened down, I didn't have the tools to do so. Most LBSs will perform what's called a safety check for around $25-50, I'd highly recommend you get that done with a BD bike.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:12 PM
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Muscle memory. Just keep practicing and you'll eventually get it. The stock clips/straps do blow horribly though, so I suggest you get a new/better setup.
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I'm working on getting new pedals. Right now I'm going brakeless just because I haven't gotten the chance to mod the rear brake to be a front... But once I have a front brake, are straps really that necessary?
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Originally Posted by YK_
I'm working on getting new pedals. Right now I'm going brakeless just because I haven't gotten the chance to mod the rear brake to be a front... But once I have a front brake, are straps really that necessary?
Yes, if you're riding fixed, you absolutely need foot retention.
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Guess I'll look for new straps too. Also, found this picture when I was randomly clicking through the thread. Someone tell me where I can get that down-tube cover!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yhkT...EL4oA3Pi9F0_-A
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That's perfect. Thanks. Now just to find the fabric..
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I don't have an Hour, but I spent a few minutes watching at the Kissena Velodrome on Saturday and saw some Hours winding it up; looked like a beginner or intermediate class was going on, with some veterans pacing them. I know the Hour is considered a "starter" or "intro" track bike, but they were really hauling it on those things. Thrilling stuff, and I was VERY impressed with the Hour.

I suspect that that these were rental/fleet bikes, since there were four of them, all identical. I will definitely take that class. Hmmm. Maybe the Kissena Cycling Club (or whomever was running the class) will sell oof those bikes at the end of the season...

In the meantime, maybe it's time to flip the hub on my TimeLine. But The Hour? Very impressive.

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Originally Posted by YK_
Guess I'll look for new straps too. Also, found this picture when I was randomly clicking through the thread. Someone tell me where I can get that down-tube cover!

I would flip that red wheel to the back, so that you get a contrast of red in the front and rear, as the bullhorns are already red upfront.
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Other than the fact that it looks like a 650c sized rim, the spacing of the hubs are different, so you can't just flip it.
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