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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:08 pm 
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A 57cm frame will be longer than that one, don't forget, and you get a lot of adjustment in the handlebar height. I'm 5'10 with reasonably long legs and I'd say my 57cm Raleigh is a tiny bit bit too long for me, but I can work it out by having the saddle a bit further forwards to compensate. TT geo FTW :D


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 Post subject: Cycle Position
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:51 pm 
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the old pro way of setting up a bike was as follows---

sit on the bike in your bare feet and then with your heal on the back of the pedal adjust the saddle height till your leg is straight, then sitting upright back pedal and the only parts that should move are your legs not you waist side to side. then make sure that the saddle is level with the ground and the front of the saddle is 1 3/4 inches behind the centre of the bottom bracket, recheck the saddle height if you have moved the saddle in the last operation. the stem length is decided by putting your elbow on the front of the saddle and stretching the fingers out the stem should be 1 inch further away.
Top of the bars are usually 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the saddle height.
Make sure your shoe plates are set so that ball of your foot is in the centre of the pedal. with your leg at 90 deg sat in the saddle and the pedal at 9pm the centre of your knee should be in line with the centre of the pedal, you might then have to move the saddle backwards or forwards to get the perfect fit.
Then its a case of minor adjustments, just a word of warning, have been racing for 50 years and am still moving my saddle and bars !!!!!!
If you ever watch 'A sunday in Hell' movie see how many times Eddy Merxck adjusts his saddle before he even gets to the start !!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:45 am 
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Have a look at this link on the Rivendell site........it makes for a really informative read.....

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_fit ... g_position

There are some other bits on there with regards to frame sizing etc...........that site is very close to bicycle Zen for me!!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:46 pm 
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stedlocks wrote:
Have a look at this link on the Rivendell site........it makes for a really informative read.....

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_fit ... g_position

There are some other bits on there with regards to frame sizing etc...........that site is very close to bicycle Zen for me!!


says that handlebars should be higher that the saddle !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Cycle Position
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:42 pm 
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orbeas wrote:
the old pro way of setting up a bike was as follows---

sit on the bike in your bare feet and then with your heal on the back of the pedal adjust the saddle height till your leg is straight, then sitting upright back pedal and the only parts that should move are your legs not you waist side to side. then make sure that the saddle is level with the ground and the front of the saddle is 1 3/4 inches behind the centre of the bottom bracket, recheck the saddle height if you have moved the saddle in the last operation. the stem length is decided by putting your elbow on the front of the saddle and stretching the fingers out the stem should be 1 inch further away.
Top of the bars are usually 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the saddle height.
Make sure your shoe plates are set so that ball of your foot is in the centre of the pedal. with your leg at 90 deg sat in the saddle and the pedal at 9pm the centre of your knee should be in line with the centre of the pedal, you might then have to move the saddle backwards or forwards to get the perfect fit.
Then its a case of minor adjustments, just a word of warning, have been racing for 50 years and am still moving my saddle and bars !!!!!!
If you ever watch 'A sunday in Hell' movie see how many times Eddy Merxck adjusts his saddle before he even gets to the start !!!!


Sorry for the late reply i,ve just ot back from a week away mtb'ing in Portugal 8) , I'm a little confused by the seat position in regard to the bottom bracket
Going to have another setting up session over the weekend to see if I get a different feel from the bike but as I keep saying now i've seen the picture of me on it in my opinion is that I just look too big for the bike so a 57 ish frame is needed if anyone has 1 going begging


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