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 Post subject: Comfy Bike
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:49 pm 
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Hi All

I could use some advice please.
I'm a 6ft 16 stone retired Prop forward, My current bike is a Raleigh technium (Sp) (ititanium frame.) the problem is i've always had a few back and neck issues from my playing days, and now to add to that i had a quad bypass in Feb. what happens is after about 30mins I get a pain across the top of my back/shoulders, everything just tenses up.

I've tried different stem lengths and bar widths with no luck. so i might try a new frame, I love the old school fames, Klein Yeti Pace etc so can anyone suggest a frame that might be more comfy for me? ( my current top tube length is 58cm ) and I have a look on ebay.

cheers

martin


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:25 pm 
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Hi Martin

I'd say your first step would be to make sure your bike's set up properly for you - the saddle's the right height, it's the right distance from the handlebars, the stem's long enough and the handlebar's wide enough.

I'm a big believer in getting a pro to get the bike set up for you, someone who knows what to look out for especially given your symptoms. I reckon any bike can be comfortable if it's set up correctly.

Where are you based? Someone on here can probably suggest a friendly shop.

Welcome, too!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:37 pm 
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Well don't go near a Klein. Ultra stiff. Unless you go for a Mantra FS. Other wise sorry i can't help. :( My sympathies and take care


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:41 pm 
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suspension post? maybe by USE?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:01 pm 
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full suspension? stops jarring of the back if you get the right type.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:38 pm 
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Stem is always a good place to start. Dont be afraid if you look like an old man on his sit-up and beg Puch :shock: . Not everyone can deal with a zero degree stem :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:17 am 
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I would deffo recommend a shorter top tube, shortish stem with some rise and riser bars. Even at a touch over 6" I was most comfortable on my Proflex 856 a few years ago with this set-up (got nicked! :evil: ) than anything I've ridden subsequently. I, too, have neck and shoulder probs so I sympathise fully! :wink:
Hope you can get sorted! :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:21 am 
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p.s. The effective top tube on my Proflex was approx 54cm. I'd try something in the region of 53 - 55cm.
Hope this helps. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:37 pm 
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Have a look at the sizing method at

http://www.strawberrybicycle.com/frames-custom.php

I'd second or third too a full suss- Proflex, naturally...................


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 2:42 pm 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
To be honest, you'd be better off spending your money on a modern frame with full suspension. Might not be the 'retro' thing to do but its the sensible choice given your problems :)


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