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by peterh11
23 Apr 2016, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

Well, I did it. I used a half-round file, stopping every couple of minutes to check fit against a spare pair of 26mm clamp bars - I also compared with the fit on another 26mm clamp (too long) stem. An old 25.4mm clamp pair of bars came in handy to wrap some wet and dry sanding paper round for the la...
by peterh11
22 Apr 2016, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Colin:

Interesting. Is that a Spa tourer? In which case what size?

I will go and look closer at the photos, I don't think the difference between you and me is as much as that but I will check carefully.

Peter H
by peterh11
21 Apr 2016, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Here is the overlay of me and Colin. It was a bit fiddly to do (had to scale and rotate to get the alignment) but I think it is close enough: Bike position comparison me and 531 Colin.jpg It seems like our shoulders are pretty close, but Colin's back is more curved and goes back further (he is sitti...
by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

You can get shims to take a 26.0mm bar to 31.8mm, which should open up the choice of more stems. I'd do that in preference to hacking a 25.4, personally. YMMV. I have one on the bike already, as I thought that was the way to go. It looks awful, a great chunky thing! It works to ride but surely I ca...
by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 7:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Thorn Club Tour 550S may be OK. I'd want a virtual top tube on a 72 degree seat tube no more than 560mm (so on 73 degree that means about 550mm) and preferably a bit less, That's interesting. I Iooked at the 550S on Thorn's website but they mention a height of about 5' 8" so I reckon the bike ...
by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Maybe your brake hoods are a bit far from you. Have you experimented with different stem lengths? You might like to try one 2cm (say) shorter just to see what it feels like - I've used up all the simple lifelines = very short stem, handlebars curved upwards, brake hoods back as far as practicable, ...
by peterh11
18 Apr 2016, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

I have some Nitto Noodle handlebars which I really like. I am trying to get the right stem length on my too-big frame (lots about that in another thread). I need a 40mm stem as I now have an ugly oversized one on there with shims. Ridesfine but looks yuck (yes I will post a photo if someone really w...
by peterh11
18 Apr 2016, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

While working this I am looking around at off-the-peg frames and their geometries. In most cases it seems that the reach or virtual top tube is longer than I'd want unless I go to a really small size. For example, the Spa 51cm MIGHT be ok, hard to tell (I'll see if anyone local has one) but might ha...
by peterh11
3 Apr 2016, 10:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

I would still be interested in "overlaid" photos.......using the BB spindle as the "fixed point" we could learn a lot, I think. Our verbal descriptions are not that useful? (unfortunately, i don't know where to start to overlay photos) Horizon, when "forcing the gear"....
by peterh11
3 Apr 2016, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Out of interest, how are you working on your flexibility? I think I need to get a book on stretching. I was out on the road on Sunday (battling the hail) in Dorset. As I rode along, I moved my hands backwards and forwards from the hoods to the "shoulders" of the bars to see how it felt. W...
by peterh11
1 Apr 2016, 10:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Certain types of lens suffer from more edge distortion than others. IME, lenses to avoid are ones with very high refractive index (which seem to give lots of paralax distortion) and those designed to be extra flat on the front surface (which create a 'goldfish bowl effect' for the wearer when off c...
by peterh11
1 Apr 2016, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Another observation, if I may. Upthread, you mentioned that you commute daily on an upright, flat bar bike. This could be the whole problem. Maybe you spend so long on the short reach commuter, that when you get on the tourer it instinctively feels completely wrong. Might I suggest you put the comm...
by peterh11
28 Mar 2016, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Out of interest, how are you working on your flexibility? I think I need to get a book on stretching. At the moment I’m just doing three stretches I half-remember from PE class at school. Well, that would be a whole new thread. I do a few minutes of exercises daily - hamstring, calf and quad stretc...
by peterh11
28 Mar 2016, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

sloping top tubes neednt raise the front of the bike, they generally start a lot lower down. But IF you went to a custom builder you ould have whatever you fancied of course. Bound to be somethnig out there thats close enough to be adjustable to fit. Sure - understood. But sloping top tubes have th...
by peterh11
28 Mar 2016, 8:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

I would be interested to see an "overlaid" photo or two. An observation....you are wearing glasses and in some pictures a peaked cap. Years ago I ditched glasses for riding, in favour of contacts. Glasses and peaks make you hold your head up in order to see where you are going, I don't kn...