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08-17-2012, 01:55 PM #26
As you get lower in the front, you also have to rotate your hips forward to maintain appropriate back alignment, however, the pressure of being lower causes people to rotate hips backward which eventually does cause pain. Saddle choice becomes more important the lower your front end gets.
Additionally, I'd rather have higher bars with bent elbows than lower bars with straight arms. The bent position is actually faster aerodynamically as it lowers the frontal area and drag.
Boonen could be in the drops here, but hands on top with bent elbows is more aero. Hands on drops are for being lazy or producing lots of power.
Steering will be slowed down with the longer stem, but you'll feel the bars "flop" a bit more at low speeds.... which isn't a big deal on a road bike. If you go too far, you could end up with too much weight on the front wheel which would make the bike twitchy, but you ought to be fine with a stem up to 120/130mm.
08-17-2012, 10:31 PM #27It's not so much the model year, it's the high mileage or meterage to keep the youth of Canada happy
08-18-2012, 12:51 PM #28COWHAMPSHIRE PARADISE
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08-18-2012, 01:58 PM #29
I second the "getting fit" advise. Nothing will make you hate cycling more then being on the wrong bike. Personally I would not advise buying on CL untill you know a lot more about bikes, sizes and your preferences. You are better off test riding a few bikes of the correct size. Shop around the local shops, used bikes aren't that hard to find.
I am not a big fan of Al, I have seen too many crack, especially for big person. I have both steel and CF frames. My steel is a Colnago, so it is probably one of the best steel bikes ever made. It still out preforms anything on the downhill twisties, but is a dog to climb on compared the my CF frame.
As for components, Shimano is going to be cheapest, but you get what you pay for. I have Campy Record on two of my three bikes (the third one is an old steel frame with Ultegra). The best thing about Campy is it is repairable, not that it needs repair often. One set I have is probably 20 years old and still perfectly functional, just not a sexy as the new stuff.
I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...iscariot
08-18-2012, 02:27 PM #30Registered User
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Also consider that 2 bikes of the same size might measure & feel different
08-18-2012, 05:49 PM #31go ahead and huck the cornice anywhere!
08-18-2012, 10:54 PM #32
bbense - Thanks for the comments. 30" is pant inseam not actual leg length which will be something slightly longer? My stem is parallel with the ground as is. I can ride comfortably in the drops, however my torso is still catching a decent amount of wind. I also feel a little cramped in ribs when I do this. It's not terrible, but could be more open
Pickles - Thanks for the comments. Higher bars/bent elbows rather than the drops. I tired comparing these two positions into a headwind on my ride today. I'll have to take your word for it.
I appreciate that trying to diagnose/help fitment over the interwebs is pretty stupid. I also appreciate that I've high jacked this thread. Sorry Dhelihiker. Carry on.
08-19-2012, 10:22 AM #33
I can ride comfortably in the drops, however my torso is still catching a decent amount of wind. I also feel a little cramped in ribs when I do this. It's not terrible, but could be more open
I'm pretty much your height and inseam and I'm happier on 55-56cm effective top tube bikes. But I'm not trying to get a flat back these days, I'm much more concerned with being comfortable on long rides ( 4-5 hrs or more...) My road racing days are long gone.
08-19-2012, 06:28 PM #34Registered User
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maybe a Pro rider can have a flat back but I don't think we will so just go for something you feel comfortable on
On a 55-56 I used a shorter stem but I always felt behind the action
08-21-2012, 04:44 PM #35
I ride Shimano Ultegra, but it sounds like what you are looking for will be totally fine in the 105 range (or the comparable in Cammy or SRAM (Apex I think)).
For big selections of closeouts in the Bay Area, try (I) Pacific Bikes in SF (Look, Cervelo, Orbea, others...), (II) Go Ride in Redwood City (Specialized, Cannondale, others), (III) Chain Reaction in Redwood City (Trek), etc... I just name these three as I have had good experiences as each (and scored two bikes at great closeoute prices at Go Ride). There are a lot of others, as well. Lots of good LBSs in the Bay Area.
FWIW - I am 6'3" and primarily ride a Cannondale Super Six carbon frame - fits me very well (better than the Tarmac or Madone). Replaced the bars with a narrower 3T Ergosum Team bar that fits my shoulder width better. FSA SL-K Light cranks (but replacing with some Ultegra or DurAce cranks shortly as I find the FSA to shift to harshly because of the flexy nature of it), Speedplay Zero pedals, Ultregra grouppo, Mavic Kysrium SL wheels. Enjoy the setup for the hills in the Bay Area.
08-22-2012, 07:49 AM #36
Can't speak to the OP's size question, but agree that if you're just getting in and want to do it on the cheap, an Al frame w/carbon fork (carbon seat stays are nice too), and the newer 105 stuff is GREAT. I have an Ultegra bike and a 105 bike, and in all honesty, if I could ride with a blindfold, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Very solid. Lotsa junk out there too, so try before you buy. Good wheels will probably be the easiest way to up performance on a lower priced bike. Mavic and Easton are good value choices there.Gravity. It's the law.