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05-13-23, 08:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By easyupbug

My 1985 racer is still ridden a few times a...

My 1985 racer is still ridden a few times a month, the once flexy duralinox tubing has now become a lovely compliant frame now that I am in my 70s....
05-06-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By Kontact

I'm sorry, I missed this. The "normal" size for...

I'm sorry, I missed this. The "normal" size for someone 6 feet tall is 58cm. I was just looking at the Trek fit tool and it said 58 for your height all the way down to a 32" inseam.

Which charts...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-23, 05:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 553
Posted By datlas

Agree would not exceed “max” imprinted on...

Agree would not exceed “max” imprinted on sidewall. Am guessing you could even try a little lower but your call.
04-30-23, 12:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By oldbobcat

Treks run small. If you are 5'10" or taller,...

Treks run small. If you are 5'10" or taller, unless you have really short legs, do yourself a favor and walk away from it.

I mean, if someone gave me a bike that didn't fit, I'd probably ride it...
04-30-23, 12:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By oldbobcat

Getting back to the OP, by all measures the large...

Getting back to the OP, by all measures the large Giant is too big for a 6-footer unless you have a 91 cm inseam. Insist on a M/L It won't satisfy your bike-buying jones but you won't be doubting...
04-28-23, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By Russ Roth

The 405 series are longer, I actually don't like...

The 405 series are longer, I actually don't like them as I find them awkwardly long for reaching the levers to shift or brake. Otherwise I belive the 4720 are a short reach version though maybe that...
04-28-23, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By veganbikes

STI levers designed for Hydraulic brakes do not...

STI levers designed for Hydraulic brakes do not use cables except maybe for shifting . You could upgrade to 105 if needed be but look at the frame and see if it is a decent frame worth upgrades or if...
04-28-23, 09:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By FBinNY

They're mutually exclusive. Hydraulic levers push...

They're mutually exclusive. Hydraulic levers push fluid down a tube. As their name implies, your brakes need to be pulled by a wire.

Start by looking for larger cable type levers of any brand. If...
04-27-23, 07:38 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By BlazingPedals

Did somebody say race-type bike? ...

Did somebody say race-type bike?

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04-26-23, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Bully4

I'm right on the bubble for a 54 and 56 according...

I'm right on the bubble for a 54 and 56 according to Trek. I have a 54 Emonda. My seat is back pretty far and raised to within 1/2 inch of the limit. My new Madone is a 56. Honestly, they feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-23, 07:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,548
Posted By scottfsmith

This is an interesting topic to me as I have also...

This is an interesting topic to me as I have also been thinking of switching to flats on my road bike. I can usually un-clip fine but I have had some close calls in traffic. The problem is on my...
04-26-23, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Kontact

I would agree with most of the comments above -...

I would agree with most of the comments above - the real difference is a longer, taller stem.

That said, get your size. I had a 49cm Litespeed that I like the looks of and should have been large...
04-26-23, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By SpedFast

My favorite bike is 2CM's too small for me too....

My favorite bike is 2CM's too small for me too. It's a 54 when I should be on a 56. But with that said, I loved everything about it and the dear wife bought it for me without consulting further. She...
04-26-23, 12:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Iride01

If you draw out the angles on paper or in a CAD...

If you draw out the angles on paper or in a CAD program on your PC as I have done, then you'll see that if your saddle height from the pedal is 37.5" like mine is, then it will only make for just...
04-26-23, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By base2

Yes (with reservations) to a further set back...

Yes (with reservations) to a further set back seat post & a different stem.

For a standard conventional post, finding a seat post with a setback further than 25mm might be a challenge. But 25mm as...
04-26-23, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Iride01

I'd look at a longer stem before increasing the...

I'd look at a longer stem before increasing the saddle setback. The seat tube angle of the two different sizes is likely the same. So when your saddle is at the proper height, it'll be at the same...
04-25-23, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 627
Posted By gthomson

I was just watching an instagram post from a...

I was just watching an instagram post from a local bike selling legend around my area who specializes in beautiful vintage classic bikes but also sells newer bikes through his small retail business....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-23, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 480
Posted By Sy Reene

Builders like T-Lab advise that PF is better if...

Builders like T-Lab advise that PF is better if (like they say they do) frames are precision machined -- stiffer than threaded. Though they do offer T47 if you insist and want to pay for it. I...
04-23-23, 10:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,109
Posted By Barry2

If you read the thread, thatís already been...

If you read the thread, thatís already been mentioned.

SO WHAT, I ASKED.
I wasnít mean, nasty, or pointy fingered.
Just trying to help, given there was no photo.
Never even seen or heard of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-23, 11:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 503
Posted By t2p

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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04-22-23, 02:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 577
Posted By tFUnK

OP's bike has an Isospeed decoupler, so all the...

OP's bike has an Isospeed decoupler, so all the seatpost-based suggestions are not feasible.

There is definitely consensus that tires are the best (only?) change worth pursuing.

Handlebar tape...
04-21-23, 06:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 577
Posted By Lombard

^^^This. Bontrager Hardcase tires are pretty...

^^^This. Bontrager Hardcase tires are pretty harsh. Choose any high end tire in a 700 x 32 and lower your pressure.

Anything else you do will be hardly noticeable except thicker handlebar tape.
04-21-23, 01:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 577
Posted By mpetry912

I find the conti tires to have a terrible ride. ...

I find the conti tires to have a terrible ride.

If you want a smoother or less buzzy ride then I'd suggest something from Rene Herse tire line, or the Specialized Turbo cotton, at 70-80 psi
...
04-21-23, 01:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 577
Posted By 79pmooney

A really easy one - thicker or padded or gel...

A really easy one - thicker or padded or gel handlebar tape. Also - learning to "ride easy" on the rough stuff. More muscle on the downstroke to slightly lift your butt. Easy but secure grip on the...
04-21-23, 01:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 577
Posted By icemilkcoffee

If the rims are TLR then just run 32mm tubeless...

If the rims are TLR then just run 32mm tubeless tires. Tubeless tires are slightly smoother than tubed tires of the same width.
Carbon seatpost and handlebars do help a little bit, but not nearly...
04-21-23, 06:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,162
Posted By Bald Paul

(Your brain) "That super light, race geometry...

(Your brain) "That super light, race geometry bike will certainly make you faster!"
(Your body) "No, not really."
(Your brain) "But think how fast you'll look riding it!"
(Your body) "Think about...
04-20-23, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By oldbobcat

Think of it this way. You have a standing height,...

Think of it this way. You have a standing height, a sitting height, and an unfolded height. Often, they are not proportional. If you have long legs, your sitting height is shorter---that often means...
04-20-23, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 253
Posted By mpetry912

yes you should be able to use any 9 Speed Shimano...

yes you should be able to use any 9 Speed Shimano cassette, non Dura Ace.

/markp
04-19-23, 08:26 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By Hermes

I rode this at the indoor velodrome yesterday. ...

I rode this at the indoor velodrome yesterday. Does it count?


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04-18-23, 08:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By Eric F

Iím 54. I got back on the bike 3 years ago after...

Iím 54. I got back on the bike 3 years ago after a 15 year break from it. Iíve gone to a 10cm shorter stem than I used to use, but I still favor that stem to be slammed. On my gravel bike, I went...
04-18-23, 08:27 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By Steve B.

Of course. They sure do move fast and when I'm in...

Of course. They sure do move fast and when I'm in a group ride with my buddies, fast and efficient is needed. I've had 8 racing bikes in 33 years of cycling, as well as a gravel, a tourer and 2 mt....
04-18-23, 07:37 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By TejanoTrackie

I'm 76, going on 77, and just bought this: ...

I'm 76, going on 77, and just bought this:

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Trek …monda SLR 7

The only...
04-18-23, 06:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By downtube42

It think it depends how the rest of the bike...

It think it depends how the rest of the bike fits.

I ride a larger bike because I want/need more stack height and more reach - more than I want to address with spacers and stem length.
04-18-23, 04:09 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By terrymorse

Feh. I'm about to turn 65, and I've been...

Feh.

I'm about to turn 65, and I've been riding the same race geometry for 20+ years, with no feeling that I need to raise my bars or shorten my stem.

The only thing I do differently these days...
04-18-23, 03:55 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,571
Posted By mackgoo

I'm 64 and this has been my daily go to for 25...

I'm 64 and this has been my daily go to for 25 years.


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04-18-23, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By Juan Foote

I have ridden between 56 and 61 frames, according...

I have ridden between 56 and 61 frames, according to the geometry and frankly, my ability to reach the ground due to my prosthesis. That was the specific reason I chose to go too small with my first...
04-18-23, 11:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By boozergut

I have very short legs for my height. Bike...

I have very short legs for my height. Bike fitters have always tried to put me on a 56 cm whereas a 54 cm fits me perfectly. I also enjoy more of a hunch backed riding position.
04-18-23, 11:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By zandoval

Had a nice 80s FUJI that was way to big for me....

Had a nice 80s FUJI that was way to big for me. Called it my Horse cause I had to jump on and off of it. Still it was a very nice ride...

So how did I end up with a too big bike? Long story but...
04-18-23, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By Iride01

When I was looking at new bikes a few years ago,...

When I was looking at new bikes a few years ago, the 58cm frame felt better for my 5'-11" height and 34.5" inseam than the 56cm of the same model. However that was just sitting on them in the shop...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-23, 07:31 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,473
Posted By Jughed

Agreed. There are marginal gains - I guess the...

Agreed. There are marginal gains - I guess the talking points are the $$$$$ required for those marginal gains. It costs a metric crap ton of money to get a slight advantage in chasing KOM's, or to...
04-18-23, 05:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By Bald Paul

I'm in that "in between" range as well - either a...

I'm in that "in between" range as well - either a 54 or 56cm frame. I started out with a 56, changed to a shorter stem, changed the cranks, etc. The bike never really felt comfortable on a longer...
04-17-23, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By jon c.

Fitting theory has changed over the years. 50...

Fitting theory has changed over the years. 50 years ago people tended to ride larger frames with less seatpost exposed. If it's comfortable, go for it.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-23, 07:31 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,473
Posted By bampilot06

I have myself acquiring more mechanical bikes...

I have myself acquiring more mechanical bikes sense my ETAP purchase.

I donít find any advantage of the ETAP other than my heads up display showing me my current gear selection.

To me the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-23, 05:27 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,473
Posted By Steve B.

I have a Topstone with 105 discs, as well as a...

I have a Topstone with 105 discs, as well as a Chinese carbon with 105 rims brakes. I pretty much never ride in the rain (unless I accidentally get caught out) and avoid wet roads. There is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-23, 05:27 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,473
Posted By datlas

Agree with OP. The newer tech may be marginally...

Agree with OP. The newer tech may be marginally “better” in some ways but the cost is big and the benefits small.

:50:
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-23, 03:47 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,473
Posted By Redbullet

Road bikes evolution

I was forced to switch from a very good 2015 road bike (SRAM Force mechanical, rim brakes) to a very good 2023 bike (Rival AXS, disk brakes).
Many will shout at me, but I feel like…

I have just...
04-14-23, 02:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 627
Posted By Bald Paul

My "old" bike, now dedicated to the trainer, is...

My "old" bike, now dedicated to the trainer, is carbon fiber with Di2.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-23, 07:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By SpedFast

I like the way you think :thumb:

I like the way you think :thumb:
04-13-23, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 627
Posted By kcjc

Fit is the most import, next would be...

Fit is the most import, next would be consistency. I was using my old steel bike, Schwinn Prologue, with Shimano Ultegra (7 speed) friction setup and 11 speed cassette on the trainer. Front shifting...
04-13-23, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By spelger

sometimes i ride no handed. the kicker has no...

sometimes i ride no handed. the kicker has no idea. but just keep it between us. ;)
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