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by Brianjeff50
13 Aug 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should my next bike be?
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: What should my next bike be?

One with a slack seat tube angle. Having spent my youth and now my oap years picking up bikes that just happened along I’ve never got to learn much about slack seat tube angles and other nuances of frame design. Any pointers as to where I could go to start filling in the gaps in my cycling education?
by Brianjeff50
12 Aug 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should my next bike be?
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: What should my next bike be?

Gatorskins are pretty heavy-rolling tyres. Changing those to something faster will reduce the effort on a typical ride by an order of magnitude more than saving even several kilograms. Interesting stuff about tyres from you and ‘iandriver’. I’m not very knowledgeable on this - the Gatorskins were o...
by Brianjeff50
12 Aug 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should my next bike be?
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: What should my next bike be?

shobo wrote:anything you can smuggle in without your current Mrs finding out. Except they always find out.


Ha ha ha! I’ve given up trying the smuggling - I just go a bit vague on price and hide all receipts :)
by Brianjeff50
12 Aug 2019, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should my next bike be?
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: What should my next bike be?

From my knowledge of Kinesis, they aren't heavy frames. I'm guessing alloy with a carbon fork. If it's heavy, it's probably how it's built up rather that the frame itself. Which model is it. Kinesis are also know for having bigger tyre clearances than other equivalent frames, so as the above says, ...
by Brianjeff50
12 Aug 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should my next bike be?
Replies: 19
Views: 827

What should my next bike be?

Having got back from a hard work 80 miler with my daughter I’m envying the lightness of her Cannondale compared with my Kinesis. And her lightness compared with my own. I can’t do much about the latter but I’m tempted to change the former. But to what? My heart says a sexy carbon - I’m drawn to a Bi...
by Brianjeff50
29 Jul 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

Just thought I’d provide an update. I decided that rather than splash out on a new bike or a variety of bits I’d start by spending ninety quid on a bike fitting session with Tim Williams (Perfect Condition) in Cambridge. I found him through his interesting blog posts. We spent a good couple of hours...
by Brianjeff50
21 Jul 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

I am tending to think that as I need a mini-stem and a maxi-layback seat post to get me near the right position then I’m probably on the wrong size frame.
(Especially as I have relatively normal proportions.)
by Brianjeff50
18 Jul 2019, 3:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

The more I fiddle, the more in a muddle I get! At the moment the saddle height seems about right however using KOPS my top of shin ‘bump’ is a good 25-30mm forward of the pedal crank. I know it’s only a guide but I seem to be well out. The saddle is set as far back as the rails allow and there’s ab...
by Brianjeff50
18 Jul 2019, 10:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

The more I fiddle, the more in a muddle I get! At the moment the saddle height seems about right however using KOPS my top of shin ‘bump’ is a good 25-30mm forward of the pedal crank. I know it’s only a guide but I seem to be well out. The saddle is set as far back as the rails allow and there’s abo...
by Brianjeff50
17 Jul 2019, 11:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

A couple of thoughts which may or may not be relevant in your case: - You say you are returning to riding, It might take a little while, i.e. longer than it would for a much more flexible youngster, for your body to adapt again to a drop barred riding position. It might already be a while since you...
by Brianjeff50
17 Jul 2019, 10:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

"BrianJeff"...I'm just a year older than you, and yeah, it doesn't get any easier to get comfortable. Don't be frightened to fit a really short stem; 60mm are easily available, and Deda go down to 45mm, from memory. They say that a short stem makes the steering twitchy, but if on your sho...
by Brianjeff50
17 Jul 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

Out of interest, did you have discomfort before adjusting to KOPS? There seems to be loads of mythology about it - peopel cannot even decide where on the knee! I'd try putting the saddle forward to get a comfortable position. There is a fab thread by 531colin on here about setting position - he bas...
by Brianjeff50
17 Jul 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Re: Kinesis conundrum

How long is the handlebar stem (centre to centre) and how much shorter would it have to be to bring the bars close enough? If a shorter stem would cure the problem you could get a decent one for not all that much and changing it over would take ten minutes. And some stems can be flipped so that ins...
by Brianjeff50
17 Jul 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis conundrum
Replies: 33
Views: 5361

Kinesis conundrum

A while back I came across a lovely nick Kinesis Racelite 4S at a very good price. I love the bike but the more I ride it the more i feel it’s not quite the right size - it’s a 55.5 and at 5ft 9in in the Kinesis guide I’m right on the border with this and a 54. I’m an old git (71) returning to bikes...