Bike help needed

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D74
10/12/2008 at 21:30

Well the frameset arrived today, and in the flesh it looks about right, although impossible to tell for sure until I build it up.

Annoyingly the deal I have on the Ultegra groupset won't allow me to swap the chainset for a compact one, so I'll have to buy 2 chainsets and either ebay one or keep it for the future as a spare (unless anyone wants an ultegra chainset - brand new, and you specify the cranklength).

Wheels I can hold off until next year, have a spare front in the shed anyway, and can use the turbo wheel if I don't find anything else before then.  Stems and bars again from the shed. 

What ratios would you recomend for a 10 speed cassette on a compact, weak cyclist in hilly area.  I was thinking 12-25, can't see that a 27 is worth it is it? 

Finally, saddle for ladies?  Personal choices I appreciate, but there are a couple of favourites for the boys, anything similar for girly bits?

debbo    pirate
10/12/2008 at 21:43
and I'm 5'2" and have a 29" inside leg and my PX is an xxs

but it's a tri bike not a road bike

does that help?

my small giant road bike was too big, but my small pinarello is fine
10/12/2008 at 21:52
I'd be tempted to give her a 27 if she's not a strong cyclist.  There seems to be no reason not to and it'll give her more confidence on the tough hills.
10/12/2008 at 22:08
I agree with Mister W - Mrs BTB rides the same hills and uses 34x27 for eg Broadbottom to Charlesworth. It can't do any harm can it? And it's got to be better than fitting a <whisper> triple hasn't it?
D74
11/12/2008 at 05:53

BTB - Didn't realise you were a local. 

Thanks, will go for the 27 then.  Probably start off with Mottram hill and then over towards Pyford and Macc, leave Marple and Hayfield for a little while

Looking last night I managed to find an ultegra groupset with a compact for £330, so that's £500 for frame and groupset, all I need is cables (£20 for Dura Ace) a rear wheel and a saddle and we are away.  Even without scavenge parts that's £700 and a couple of hours in the shed.

11/12/2008 at 10:38
D74 - yep - right next to the horrible hairpin bend at the Windsor Castle, Marple Bridge. Some quality hills round here.
D74
11/12/2008 at 12:16
Ah, know it well.  That's on my winter training route, through Charlesworth, Brown trouser moment  over the rippled surface approaching that junction, over to Hayfield, and back towards Glossop, repeat as required.  Just over an hour a lap.
11/12/2008 at 21:14
Once you're up and riding again give me a PM if you want some company locally.
D74
12/12/2008 at 06:50
Grand, will do, although it will be a while before I'm up to anything like a respectable pace I'd have thought.
12/12/2008 at 07:29

All the best women are 5ft 3 with a 30 inch inside leg you know.

D74
12/12/2008 at 08:05

So are you a 5'2.000001"  but insist on beiong referred to as 5'3", or a genuine 5'3"?

12/12/2008 at 08:28

No comment.

Actually, I'm starting to wonder if Nurse74 is my twin!

12/12/2008 at 08:29
And I ride a Spesh Dolce with a 51cm frame btw.  They tried me on a 48 but decided I needed a slightly bigger one.
ImRio    pirate
12/12/2008 at 08:34
The most comfortable saddle I have found D74 is the Body Geometry Jett.  As they come in different width fittings you can get the one that is right.  I have one on each of my bikes.   But I am getting one of the adamo noseless saddles for Christmas
D74
12/12/2008 at 09:09

LOL @ Mouse.

 Rio - As for the Jett sadles, there is no way I'm buying a saddle which is available in widths for her.  As a bloke that's lived to the age of 34, then I have learn't to avoid potential 'does my bum look big' situations, but there is no winning in the "you think I've a wide flange!!!"/ "Are you saying my upper thighs are flabby" .


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