First road ride observations

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Re: First road ride observations

Postby rjk » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:10 am

i had tektro brakes on my roadie, but swapped them over to ultegra , the difference was amazing, with the tektro they felt mushy and i was never really sure i would stop in time.

with the ultegra's the first time i applied them in anger i almost put myself over the front of the bike...woohoo... world of difference
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby VRE » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:45 am

digbyj wrote:they, or at least I, feel very unstable going down hill

Try adjusting the setup, then. My road bike has an endurance geometry and an angled handlebar stem and my weight distribution is the same as for my tourer bike. Road bikes don't have to distribute your weight further forward: there are things you can do to mitigate this.
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby g-boaf » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:58 am

Some of the feeling of instability must be the setup of your bike, and maybe how you are riding it.

It takes a while to be at one with the bike - but eventually you will think the bike through corners. You don't steer it as normal, but you steer it with your body, if you understand what I mean.

My Giant TCR Advanced SL (and the Trek 4.5 I have too) are both supposedly race geometry bikes but both of them are very stable, the Giant more so.
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby TimW » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:01 am

Boaf, is the Trek H1 or H2 geometry, My Madone 5.9 has H2, which is more comfortable for long rides/endurance,not race geometry. :D
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby g-boaf » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:06 am

I'll have to find out - that sticker came off it long ago.

But to be perfectly honest, the Trek doesn't get ridden much at all now. I can't stand mechanical groupset. :lol:
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby TimW » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:13 am

g-boaf wrote:I'll have to find out - that sticker came off it long ago.


check the bike specs on the Trek website they should have it. :D
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby thejester » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:58 am

g-boaf wrote: I can't stand mechanical groupset. :lol:



:shock: is that the first :shock: :lol: :lol:
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby g-boaf » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:23 am

Di2 is awesome. :D No more mucking about adjusting Shimano 105 stuff.

It's the next best thing about road-bikes.
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Re: First road ride observations

Postby Baldy » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:22 pm

TTar wrote:
digbyj wrote:- my MTB helmet - visor removed - is very noisy
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You sure it's not just the wind rushing past your ears?

There's commercial ear flap type products available which velcro on to the helmet's straps to cut out the noise, but if you're handy with a needle & thread you can customise your own -- a nice soft comfortable fabric stitched over re-purposed foam helmet inserts works a treat.

It makes an enormous difference allowing you to hear traffic behind you more clearly, but more importantly you can listen to One Direction with greater fidelity through your earphones. 8)


The S-Works helmets that were out a couple of years ago are noisy, with the strap that sits behind your ear being attached to nearly the outside of the shell. At the right speed I had a job to hear the person next to me in a group.
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