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Doomanic



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: I've only gone and done it... Reply with quote

I didn't think it would ever come to this, but I've bought a road bike... Shocked

Knocked out 10 miles tonight after picking it up, first impressions;
1. it's fast
2. it uncomfortable (compared to my FS armchair) but not unbearably so.
3. My dentist is going to love it...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE. Very Happy

Welcome to the world of speed and minimal bike cleaning, enabling you to have a life...................... Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't clean my mountain bikes either, they'll only get dirty again...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a fairly rapid (for me) 10 miles tonight. It was surprisingly more fun than I was expecting, which is good as I only bought it to rack up some miles to make the MTBing easier.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for a Lycra skin suit, go on you know you want to Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never gonna happen! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 miles last night, 12 tonight and my unmentionables are somewhat tender... Shocked

Do those saddle fit things that Evans have actually work?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have read on the internet about measuring for a correct sized saddle. Due to being in the same position all the time sizing and fit is more important on a road bike.

My original road bike saddle was too narrow and didn't have a big enough cutaway. This meant after an hour it cut me in half and was painful. On a correct width saddle with a bigger cutaway I now ride for hours with no problems. I am very tall with wide shoulders so the saddles that come on bikes don't fit me. Specialised do a wide variety of saddles.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
10 miles last night, 12 tonight and my unmentionables are somewhat tender... Shocked
Do those saddle fit things that Evans have actually work?


'Saddle-fit'?
Do you mean a full bike-fit, or the service like Specialized offer, for a specific saddle to match your anatomy
Even if you don't get a bike-fit, set the saddle accordingly (set-back too), as you'll be sat down far more than you'll be standing up

There's plenty of sites that will give you a good idea (LeMonds method, Hinault, etc...)
Basics are, though.
Ball of foot over pedal axle
With cranks horizontal, the knee-cap should be in a vertical lien, or just behind the pedal-axle
(I sit a bit further back, but that's what's suited me for the best part of 30 years)

Kajjal wrote:
Time for a Lycra skin suit, go on you know you want to Very Happy

Skin-suits are okay
I've worn one for CX racing

Heck, I've even worn one for MTB races, back in the 90's

Don't forget, if they were good enough for the likes of David Baker, Tim Gould, etc......

Yes, I am riding CX, on a Trek, it was before I bought another CX bike
Think that was first race, after being away from 'cross, for about 6 years

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evans have a board you sit on with (and I'm guessing here) a heat sensitive pad that in some way maps your a**e. From this they can supposedly suggest the best saddle.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
Evans have a board you sit on with (and I'm guessing here) a heat sensitive pad that in some way maps your a**e. From this they can supposedly suggest the best saddle.


Odd
It'll be like a heated car seat, where you have that dreadful moment, when it starts to get warm, when you think you've widdled yourself? Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget you now have to lube up the nether regions. Lycra and lube Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard A Thackeray wrote:
Doomanic wrote:
Evans have a board you sit on with (and I'm guessing here) a heat sensitive pad that in some way maps your a**e. From this they can supposedly suggest the best saddle.


Odd
It'll be like a heated car seat, where you have that dreadful moment, when it starts to get warm, when you think you've widdled yourself? Laughing


Not quite, as it turns out. I popped into an Evans Cycles yesterday and took a better look. The system is described in this article; https://www.bikerumor.com/2013/12/16/hands-on-bontragers-all-new-seran o-saddle-platform/

crom wrote:
Don't forget you now have to lube up the nether regions. Lycra and lube Laughing Laughing Laughing

Yep, I am now the proud (?) owner of some gunk called Chamois Butt'r... Shocked

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saddle time helps, eventually with time and commitment you will get it like a welders apron down there. I think I could sit on an iron bar and still be cony these days.

Make sure you have the saddle tilt set correctly though.
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