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6/12/07 8:55 P

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I am of the cold water washing machine and no dryer school for both shorts and gloves--I just make sure the velcro is closed before the gloves go in.

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6/9/07 7:39 A

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Hey Stu,
Thanks for the fantastic info, I'm going to the bike shop today to talk to a guy, I'll take your recommendations with me (print out of post)and give it to him. First time I've gotten some straight info.. Man ain't this spark thing a blast. I'll keep in touch with you if you don't mine to let you know how things are going.

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FALCONFLEWAWAY Posts: 133
6/8/07 4:56 P

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Hi Bruce

That's a quick question with a trick answer !!

How tall am I? On which leg ??? I'm not kidding. My left leg is 1˝" shorter and a little bit paralyzed (it's a long story)

Anyway, I'm sorta unique. I grew up to be 6'2", same as you, but now I'm 6'1˝" on the right leg, and 6'0" on the left.

So before the 'incident' I rode a 63cm frame, but now I ride a 60 and have no troubles - I don't use any build up on the pedal (I do for walking) - I just compensate by the angles in my knees and ankles - works for me, as you can see by my kilometers !!

If you are going to ride 160.9344 km rides (that's 100 miles, but we are metric in Canada), you should be riding a road bike with dropped handlebars and skinny tires and clip-in pedals. Hybrids have compromises and don't do roads or off-roads as well as a dedicated machine.

The one you see in my pic is a Trek 2200 - it's a mid level racer. 22mm slick on front, 23mm on the back - it's very fast and quick handling - its nickname is the same as my computer's - Scorch - because they are both so fast !!

The fit is all important - get it wrong and you will hate bicycling - you should go to your LBS (local bike shop) and get them to fit you properly.

With your height and longish legs, a 62 might be right, but a 60 might as well. What with new frame styles - seat tubes that protrude above the TT (that's Top Tube, by the way!!), sloping top tubes and other stuff, you got to measure a frame to know what you got.

You contact your bike at 3 points - bars, seat, pedals - so all that really matters is their relative position.

The crank arms should be 175mm - trust me, I once had 170's and they are too short for our height.

From the center of the cranks to the top of the seat should be about 31" and the seat should be set back about 9".

Make sure the TT is long enough for you to stretch out your upper body - mine is 23" and then the stem is 4" placing the handlebar 27" in front of the seat.

The harder you ride, the lower your bar can go because pushing down takes the weight off your arms - legs and seat should carry the majority of your weight.

And the handlebars - big people need wider bars - mine are 44cm wide.

All this should get you close, but you will need to fine tune to suit you. YMMV

Stu

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6/8/07 1:12 P

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I have 4 pairs of bike shorts that reside in different places. One is usually at my home in Bakersfield, another pair stays in my RV in Morro Bay and the other two are somewhere between the washing machine and a suitcase. I have always washed them in cold water, but have thrown them in the dryer with everything else. Sounds like I may need to re-think the dryer thing? By the way, I started a new SparkTeam called Senior Cyclists, in case I am not the only senior roadie out there!

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Thanks everyone, now i won't ruin my $120 shorts in the wash emoticon

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BRUCEW's Photo BRUCEW Posts: 726
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Hey Stu,
quick question. How tall are you, I'm having the hardest time trying to size up a bike. I'm use to the english system and I find most of the bikes I'm looking for are 55 - 62 cm, with a TT or whatever that means. I currently have a hybrid, but I don't think I'm going to take that on my first 100 mile ride due up in september and wanted to get a better bike. I'm 6'2 with short trunk and long legs. Appreciate any help if you got it!
Thanks in advance.

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KELOWNAGURL's Photo KELOWNAGURL Posts: 523
6/8/07 1:34 A

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Antecedent what? I only teach grade 3... :)

Yeah, I caught the velcro reference on the second read. Had to laugh though when, at first, I thought you meant you only washed your shorts once a month, especially knowing how many miles you put on. :)

Wish I could ride all day.... Sigh....

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FALCONFLEWAWAY Posts: 133
6/7/07 10:56 P

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Hi Barb,

I meant 5 pairs of gloves.

No velcro on any of my 4 pair of shorts - the shorts get washed more often than the gloves !!

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I should have expected a teacher to catch my confusing use of an antecedent pronoun

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Got 90 more km in today and still didn't get wet! There sure were some scary looking clouds around but they stayed on the horizon - great sunshine in the middle, only 14° today - it's been long sleeve weather all week

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KELOWNAGURL's Photo KELOWNAGURL Posts: 523
6/7/07 9:57 P

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Stu - are you talking about shorts or gloves?

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FALCONFLEWAWAY Posts: 133
6/7/07 12:31 P

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I got 5 pairs currently in use. Rotate them every ride by putting the ones I take off at the bottom of the pile. Wash them once a month or so - just make sure the velcros are closed and throw them in the washer and air dry.

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6/7/07 11:59 A

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I just don't wash them, so my competition doesn't want to draft off me! emoticon

Actually it's cold wash no dryer...ever. I never dry any of my workout clothing. It's mucho expensive as others have mentioned. As a testament to never drying bike clothing the jersey I'm wearing in my profile photo was bought sometime in the late 80's. Does that make it retro cool? It fits again thanks to Spark!

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6/7/07 9:51 A

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I wash both my cycling clothing and my boyfriend's in the washing machine, cold water.... and I put them in the dryer on low. Haven't had any wear or tear from doing this.

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6/7/07 9:41 A

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I could never hand wash my gloves! They are covered with dirt, snot, sweat and chain grease after every ride. My DH washes them in a lingerie bag to keep them from snagging other clothes. We also wash all our workout clothes in a warm/cold cycle and hang to dry. We have a spot, inside the garage where a water pipe serves as our workout clothes rack. We hang everything there: shorts, jackets, jerseys, sport bras, tights, etc.

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6/7/07 6:26 A

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i wash my workout/bike stuff all together in cold water and do a double rinse. sometimes i wash them by hand. I never put them in the dryer.

by boyfriend "throws his in with everything else" but in cold. he aways hangs his to dry.

i guess i dont want them to get snagged on any zippers ect.. i always hand wash my gloves, or wash them with jeans because of the velcro.





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6/6/07 10:58 P

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I just throw them in with all the rest of my stuff with warm water but never put the bike stuff in the dryer. I hang 'em over the wheels of my bike and they are dry for the next ride and last for two to three years. Not bad considering I wear them almost every day ... emoticon

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6/6/07 8:50 P

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Mine are a DC bike store (now out of business) brand. Maybe that's the difference. The less expensive ones survive a beating better. :)

 
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Excuse me gentlemen, but perhaps a woman should answer this one? I know, that sounds terribly sexist, but if I remember correctly, DH's bike shorts were in pretty rough shape when I first met him, in part due to the fact that he "threw them in the wash with everything else." I paid over $120 for my good shorts - I am trying to lengthen their life as best I can.

Spandex/lycra does not like heat, especially dryers. I wash our bike clothes in the washing machine, alone, using warm water/cold rinse and a mild detergent like Zero (for cold water actually). Then after the spin cycle, I hang them to dry. In our dry air, it only takes overnight here. We always have bike clothes hanging from the backs of the chairs in our kitchen. :)


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6/6/07 7:49 P

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I toss mine in the wash with everything else.

 
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6/6/07 7:17 P

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Hi Ryan
Well I bang it in with the rest, but then again I'm a single dad and put everything in the same wash, (with a colour catcher just in case). Maybe I'll leave it to someone else to answer this one for you.
John :-)

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I just bought a new pair of bike shorts (my first) and I tore off the care tag on accident and it's about time to wash them I think, They're a spandex-like material and I'm not sure how to wash it. Anyone know how to wash these type of shorts?

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