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  • I’ve only gone and done it…

     Robmet updated 2 years, 10 months ago 6 Members · 14 Posts
  • Doomanic

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I didn’t think it would ever come to this, but I’ve bought a road bike… 😯

    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…

  • Gunner

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 7:17 pm

    NICE. 😀

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

  • Doomanic

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I don’t clean my mountain bikes either, they’ll only get dirty again…

  • Doomanic

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 7:41 pm

    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.

  • Kajjal

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Time for a Lycra skin suit, go on you know you want to 😀

  • Doomanic

    Member
    31 July 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Never gonna happen! 😀

  • Doomanic

    Member
    1 August 2017 at 5:00 pm

    10 miles last night, 12 tonight and my unmentionables are somewhat tender… 😯

    Do those saddle fit things that Evans have actually work?

  • Kajjal

    Member
    2 August 2017 at 7:21 am

    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.

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    2 August 2017 at 8:32 am

    10 miles last night, 12 tonight and my unmentionables are somewhat tender… 😯

    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)

    Time for a Lycra skin suit, go on you know you want to 😀

    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

  • Doomanic

    Member
    2 August 2017 at 9:37 pm

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

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    3 August 2017 at 8:09 am

    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? 😆

  • crom

    Member
    5 August 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Don’t forget you now have to lube up the nether regions. Lycra and lube 😆 😆 😆

  • Doomanic

    Member
    6 August 2017 at 8:35 am

    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? 😆

    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-serano-saddle-platform/

    Don’t forget you now have to lube up the nether regions. Lycra and lube 😆 😆 😆

    Yep, I am now the proud (?) owner of some gunk called Chamois Butt’r… 😯

  • Robmet

    Member
    29 August 2017 at 7:54 am

    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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