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by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

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: 522

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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: 7180

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...
by peterh11
27 Mar 2016, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Probably a final post for now unless any comments drive me to reply :-) I moved the saddle back again (and both saddle and bars down a bit this morning after riding about 10 miles on them). I also studied the picture of Colin and overlaid photos of me on to it with markers (I won't post all that her...
by peterh11
27 Mar 2016, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Remember it's your sit bones that need to fit the saddle. I wouldn't go by hip width. Fair point. My sit bones are around 110-120mm apart (paper on stair carpet method) so not far off average, and I may just get a B17 since I've ridden happily on the Flyer for 7 years, to the point where it was ver...
by peterh11
26 Mar 2016, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Interesting ... thanks for the comments. The saddle is a Brooks Flyer. As long as I had the bars that bit higher, I have been very comfortable on it. It is laced pretty tight so the sag when I sit on it is not so much - but granted there will be some. I'm already weighing up getting a non-sprung sad...
by peterh11
25 Mar 2016, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Well, it was a nice sunny morning. So, I started with an hour's ride, and the lower handlebars were good (about 10mm or so below the saddle), and fine on the drops for about 15 minutes into the traditional Cambridgeshire headwind. While out I observed carefully and put the saddle down a few mm as I ...
by peterh11
24 Mar 2016, 12:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Colin, those photos in the post above, those are with you on the bike with 575mm effective top tube as mentioned earlier? I will do some equivalent ones of me on my bike and compare. Looks like a fun project for Friday morning! I think you have a longer torso than me, judging both from the photos an...