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1/14/12 10:29 A

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All is not lost! Better bike shops have the knowledge and ability to "retro-fit" a bike to you even if it's not exactly the correct size bike for you. Much to consider - seat height for leg length, proper reach to the drops, fore/aft seat placement (and tilt). Well-trained bike shops will measure your inseam length as on a bike seat, arm length, torso length, & foot length and calculate what you need for a great fit. Correcting your fit on your current bike could cost about as much as your bike did. Depending on budget, some shops can do an even more detailed fit. Dollar-for-dollar, you may be better off to go for a different bike, but since it's Winter many shops have exceptional deals this time of year.
Hand pain or numbness could be that you have too far of a reach to the bars (top tube too long, stem too long, wrong angle stem) and you're leaning on them to support yourself, not primarily for bike control.
Whatever you do, please keep riding! It's great for the body & soul! Good Luck!


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1/11/12 12:03 A

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I made the mistake of buying a road bike before going to a specialist store so now I think I have a $200 bike that is alllllll wrong is there anywere online that will tell me how to adjust this thing to fit Better my knees hurt my toes are going numb and my palms of my hands hurt sorry that sounds winey but I do love the ride and don't want to give up

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard


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1/6/12 5:07 P

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OK thanks! :)


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1/6/12 2:34 P

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I don't know what they're actually called, but lady-hand brake levers are just short-reach levers. For those of us politely described as petite, it make riding just that much safer. I believe mine are Shimano R7000 STI.

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1/5/12 9:07 A

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what are lady handbreak levers?

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1/5/12 7:53 A

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I got lady-hand brake levers, too, and they make all the difference! No more finger-tip braking!

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9/1/11 8:31 A

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@carolyn...where'd you get get the smaller width bars from??

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9/1/11 1:39 A

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I got smaller (width) handlebars on my bike and "short reach" brake levers (for small hands)
My bike needed custom fit adaptations for me since it's a bike for both men and women... it has to be specifically fit.

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8/28/11 9:58 A

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i agree.. the guy at my bike shop was awesome with the fitting.. I've ben back to him and he's even suggested it could be the size of my handle bars...I'm short..5'1.5".. small hands.. so the bars themselves could toobig for my hands.. he's short too(5'5") so he's checking in it to see if i can get a bar with a different width dimension or not.

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8/28/11 7:20 A

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When I was buying my bike the sales girl fitted me and then again when my bike came in. My physical therapist is an avid cyclist and he also ask me if I was "properly" fitted for my bike. I think they all just want us to be comfy so we can ride longer!!

Sheryl

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8/24/11 12:41 P

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Way to go! It is practically impossible to fit yourself, and I am glad you had a knowledgable person available.

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8/24/11 11:25 A

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i agree.. a good fit is important.. my seat fits well.. I think my handle bars need to be raised just a hair..

Gwen

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8/24/11 11:18 A

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That's great. A good fit is hugely important. I'm pretty sure mine isn't set up optimally and I can tell. I've tried adjusting different things and it's a little better, but getting fit by someone who knows that they're doing is pretty much essential. Glad it worked out for you.

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8/24/11 4:50 A

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This weekend I had my niece across from the mainland visiting.
Her entire family are competitive cyclists...downhill, cross country and distance....(I'm always amazed at what they are up to next!)
A long story short, I talked to her about my cycling and that my "sit bones" and my knees were sore after a long ride.
She gave me all of the suggestions that I read on the team thread and then this little gem:
Asking me to sit on my bike she checked my leg position when the pedals were at the bottom of the rotation.....and I've been riding with my bike seat too high!
My hips really rocked when I pedaled and my legs were completely straight when my pedals reached the bottom of the rotation.....your legs should have the slightest bend at the knee (very slight). I gave her a big hug ~ (I love it when younger people teach me something from an area that they are passionate about!)
Hope this helps others in our team that might be experiencing the same issues.

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