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Old 09-05-19, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by chuckschreiner View Post
That is a really low bike! Yow... And then a really tall 2nd bike which looks wild. What do you like most about recumbants? (Are they usually called 'bent'?)
The older I got, the more uncomfortable my road bike got, until finally it got to the point where I was ready to give up cycling. Now the only discomfort I get is sore quads from pushing too hard. So "comfort" is what I like best. As a bonus, the two pictured make me much faster than I deserve to be.

You can see a good view of the first bike in the "what do old people ride..." thread. The thread is huge, but it's right on page 1.
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Old 09-05-19, 03:27 PM
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to the original poster.
you might want to look at a close out new non current year model bikes.
by me erics bikes is selling a 2017 specialized roubaix sport, sl4 frame, with 105 11 speed rim brake in a 52 for $1500. i just bought a 2014 roubaix expert sl4, same frame, and absolutely love the ride.

they also have a 2019 roubaix base, sl5 frame, with the future shock front suspension. tiagra 10 spd rim brake for $1600.
they also have a 2018 diverge sport, 9r frame, with future shock ft suspension, tiagra 10 speed, rim brake for $1899. this bike will accept up to 42c tires to smooth out the bumps even better. it also has braze on for fenders and has 3 braze on's for 3 water bottles.

all the above bikes have carbon frames.
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Old 09-05-19, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Some of us have tried multiple saddles to find one that was comfortable. Shorts, too. And getting the position sorted out can be a process. How much drop from the saddle to the bar?
You can set the top of drop bars to be in the same place as a flat bar.
Thatís a good point as the top position on drop bars is at about the same elevation as flat bars.

Also, specific exercises, massage therapy and chiropractic treatments can also have a positive effect on back and neck flexibility and pain...
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Old 09-05-19, 08:18 PM
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One easy $20.00 possible "fix" you can try that I didn't see above. (Maybe I missed it.) Have a stem riser installed. Your neck won't be stressed and sitting on the saddle rather than bent over the saddle may fix your posterior problem. $20.00 is a lot cheaper than a new bike (obviously) At worst you've wasted $20.00, at best you've solved your problem for only $20.00. Good luck
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Old 09-05-19, 08:52 PM
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I was getting pain in all those places until I got a pro fit, and went to a chiropractor.
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Old 09-05-19, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by MAK View Post
One easy $20.00 possible "fix" you can try that I didn't see above. (Maybe I missed it.) Have a stem riser installed. Your neck won't be stressed and sitting on the saddle rather than bent over the saddle may fix your posterior problem. $20.00 is a lot cheaper than a new bike (obviously) At worst you've wasted $20.00, at best you've solved your problem for only $20.00. Good luck
That hasn't been mentioned but has crossed my mind... maybe taller stem and new saddle would fix things... although I also suspect this bike is too big for me.

Question: if a seat works on one bike, will it probably work on a different bike?
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Old 09-06-19, 02:32 AM
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If you're not committed to the full recumbent bike. You could try a feet forward designed bike like the Electra Townie. www.electrabike.com. They're comfortable and easy to ride. Or just a cruiser. Good luck.
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Old 09-06-19, 06:30 AM
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on the stem change.
does your old specialized bike have a specialized stem? if so specialized bikes of your era had stems with replaceable shims. they vary from 0 to 20 degrees. a 20 shim is hard to find but 16 is easy. and best of all they are cheaper than a entire stem.
make sure you have the correct size steer tube for the replacement stem. i had a 07 reobaix with this stem. i am not sure if your bike, a little older, can use it.

this ebay listing is $$ but it explains specialized adjustable stems pretty good.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Specialized...4AAOSwWkFcX4lI
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Old 09-06-19, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by chuckschreiner View Post
That hasn't been mentioned but has crossed my mind... maybe taller stem and new saddle would fix things... although I also suspect this bike is too big for me.

Question: if a seat works on one bike, will it probably work on a different bike?
Regarding your seat question...Not necessarily. I have a Brooks B-17 on my hybrid and my touring bike where both have relaxed to fairly upright positioning/geometry but I'm sure the B-17 would be excruciating (for me) on my road bike which has a more aggressive geometry. That said, I put a B-17 narrow on my single speed and had discomfort but when I put a stem riser on the bike the seat became less troublesome. I'll likely change it out next Spring for something more comfortable. FYI, there are some bike shops that will let you road test various saddles if you want to invest your time.
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Old 09-06-19, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by chuckschreiner View Post

Question: if a seat works on one bike, will it probably work on a different bike?
It does for me but I always try to duplicate the position from one bike to the other, even the mountain bike.

I just saw the pics of your bike in the link above and the set-up looks really wonky. Why don't you take that bike to a fitter or even a friend who knows about this stuff and try and figure out what you need? You might be able to get comfortable or even close by switching stuff around. At least then you would have a baseline of measurements.
The last time I bought a road bike I road tested one the shop had on the floor and it was so uncomfortable I couldn't ride it more than a few feet. I knew I could make it work because I know the measurements I like. I didn't buy that bike but the one I did buy I changed the bars, stem, seatpost, and saddle to make it work,
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Originally Posted by MAK View Post
Regarding your seat question...Not necessarily. I have a Brooks B-17 on my hybrid and my touring bike where both have relaxed to fairly upright positioning/geometry but I'm sure the B-17 would be excruciating (for me) on my road bike which has a more aggressive geometry. That said, I put a B-17 narrow on my single speed and had discomfort but when I put a stem riser on the bike the seat became less troublesome. I'll likely change it out next Spring for something more comfortable. FYI, there are some bike shops that will let you road test various saddles if you want to invest your time.
Let me add that if I went from road bike to road bike, the seat would most likely be fine if transferred. What I want to say is that in my experience, some seats provided a better comfort level on some style bikes, while other bike styles require (for me) a different type of seat. It's your butt; no one can dictate to you what seat you must use or which is best. Only your butt can make the decision for you.

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Old 09-06-19, 02:35 PM
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Fit
Posture
Core strength

These work together to provide ride comfort.

Poor posture can be caused by poor fit or just not understanding how to ride. I was experiencing neck pain and hand numbness. My bike fitter made some small adjustments to the seat height/position and my cleat location but also observed that I was hunched over, scrunching my shoulders and putting too much weight on my hands. Along with the fit tweaks, adopting a more "athletic" posture resulted in a much more comfortable ride and no more neck pain or hand numbness.

Core strength will help with the tendency to put too much weight on the handlebars, allowing the better athletic posture and a lighter touch on the handlebars.

Perineum pain is very likely a fit/seat position issue.

Definitely see if the bike can be fit. A good fitting will cost $150 minimally, and should take a few hours. Maybe you don't need a new bike?

If you do end up looking for a new bike... A carbon frame, disc brake, Shimano 105 will list in the $2500-2800 range but look for last year closeouts and you should find something in the $2K-2.2K range. Examples:

https://www.rei.com/product/145815/c...-105-bike-2019

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-advanced-2
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Old 09-06-19, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by teejaywhy View Post
Fit
Posture
Core strength

These work together to provide ride comfort.

Poor posture can be caused by poor fit or just not understanding how to ride. I was experiencing neck pain and hand numbness. My bike fitter made some small adjustments to the seat height/position and my cleat location but also observed that I was hunched over, scrunching my shoulders and putting too much weight on my hands. Along with the fit tweaks, adopting a more "athletic" posture resulted in a much more comfortable ride and no more neck pain or hand numbness.

Core strength will help with the tendency to put too much weight on the handlebars, allowing the better athletic posture and a lighter touch on the handlebars.

Perineum pain is very likely a fit/seat position issue.

Definitely see if the bike can be fit. A good fitting will cost $150 minimally, and should take a few hours. Maybe you don't need a new bike?

If you do end up looking for a new bike... A carbon frame, disc brake, Shimano 105 will list in the $2500-2800 range but look for last year closeouts and you should find something in the $2K-2.2K range. Examples:

https://www.rei.com/product/145815/c...-105-bike-2019

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-advanced-2
Is there ANYTHING that doesn't bring posture/core into the picture? I doubt it! And no doubt, this is part of my issue.

I actually think there is a decent chance (25%?) my bike can be adjusted to work for me much better. My wife and I are off for vacation Monday. When I get back, I am going to start at the beginning with it, and a fitting.

I have really gotten great input from you guys and feel like I have a much better idea of what I am doing. Thanks again! Chuck
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Old 09-07-19, 05:14 AM
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I learned a lot from reading this thread too. Good luck Chuck with getting it sorted out. Sounds like you've got a good plan.
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Originally Posted by chuckschreiner View Post
Is there ANYTHING that doesn't bring posture/core into the picture? I doubt it!
Actually, the recumbent solution doesn't require any core. In fact, I have to do core exercises because I get none at all from riding.
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Old 09-07-19, 08:10 PM
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I would need a degree in engineering to thread that chain!

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Your fit will be 'evolutionary' as your fitness changes. Bring a few needed tools. Go ride somewhere quiet and level. Get the 'Zen' thing going on. Spin an easy gear while on the drops and look at the road 10 feet ahead. Do you feel like you are sliding forwards or backwards in the saddle? Is saddle too wide and cutting into rear end? Do your hips feel 'anchored' or 'wobbly' while pedaling? Do your legs seem cramped while spinning or do they seem too stretched out? Do your heels feel like they are turned in out out? Do you feel like your feet have too much pressure in the toebox area? Do your fingers feel like they have to reach up or down to get to the levers when on the drops? While on the drops do your hands feel like you have them bent down or up? Do your elbows feel like they are stretched out forward or inward? Does your back seem to 'hunched' or too flat?

There are a whole host of scenarios you can entertain here. It doesn't sound very scientific but these little exercises can help. 'Feel' for what isn't right then make teeny-tiny changes to your bike and kit. You may need wedges for your cleats or shoe inserts, too. When I get on my bikes I feel pretty 'slouchy' and relaxed on the drops and it takes more effort for me to sit up on the hoods! Good luck with getting your fit sorted. It can be a fun thing to do!
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Your fit will be 'evolutionary' as your fitness changes. Bring a few needed tools. Go ride somewhere quiet and level. Get the 'Zen' thing going on. Spin an easy gear while on the drops and look at the road 10 feet ahead. Do you feel like you are sliding forwards or backwards in the saddle? Is saddle too wide and cutting into rear end? Do your hips feel 'anchored' or 'wobbly' while pedaling? Do your legs seem cramped while spinning or do they seem too stretched out? Do your heels feel like they are turned in out out? Do you feel like your feet have too much pressure in the toebox area? Do your fingers feel like they have to reach up or down to get to the levers when on the drops? While on the drops do your hands feel like you have them bent down or up? Do your elbows feel like they are stretched out forward or inward? Does your back seem to 'hunched' or too flat?

There are a whole host of scenarios you can entertain here. It doesn't sound very scientific but these little exercises can help. 'Feel' for what isn't right then make teeny-tiny changes to your bike and kit. You may need wedges for your cleats or shoe inserts, too. When I get on my bikes I feel pretty 'slouchy' and relaxed on the drops and it takes more effort for me to sit up on the hoods! Good luck with getting your fit sorted. It can be a fun thing to do!
Thanks. Those are great prompts. On our way to holiday for a couple of weeks but these prompts will guide me when we get back. I think Iím going to start just by replacing the stem on current bike and then assess. It may be possible to get my bike to work...at least week enough to prove I am serious. If current bike is close enough (and not misery-making) and I really do ride 6 hrs/week and look forward to it, then I will look at new bike.
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Take some of the bar tape off so you can adjust the levers up or down. You will find that rotating/raising/lowering the bars one way or another will get your hands comfortable enough but then the levers might be in the wrong spot! It's crazy but one adjustment will affect others in many cases. It is fun stuff, though!
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Take some of the bar tape off so you can adjust the levers up or down. You will find that rotating/raising/lowering the bars one way or anot will get your hands comfortable enough but then the levers might be in the wrong spot! It's crazy but one adjustment will affect others in many cases. It is fun stuff, though!
Ha! I am sure that (one change impacts other stuff) is true. I really want to learn how to work on my bike and keep it in great shape. So... thatíll happen. Like most stuff where I learn how to do stuff, i am sure Iíll have moments where I goof up/get frustrated. But if I get to the point that I really know how to keep the bike fresh... nice.

I am going on vacation with wife tomorrow (weíre going to walk 115 km) - when we get back in a couple of weeks I am going to have a bunch of time to open up and will start working on my bike. Main goal is to get a bike that I can sit on and ride 2+ hrs with no major issues.
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