Fatman to Ironman

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14/12/2012 at 23:12

A question for you bike experts:-

I find i can generate more power through the pedals when i sit forward on my seat, however, as you can imagine, it is not very comfortable perched on the front bit of the seat. My seat is as far forward as it can go.  Can you get seat posts where the clamp is offset forward, so as to allow the seat to be nearer the handlebars?  

15/12/2012 at 00:49

You can get seat posts which put the saddle further forward than if the saddle was directly on top of the post. Another option, depending on the length of your stem, would be to get a shorter stem, so moving the haddle bars back.

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 09:32
DOM that is similar to a TT position. If the race is short enough I just put up with it. Have you had a bike fit?
15/12/2012 at 09:38

a bit of manflu is keeping me out of the pool for now - i dont want it deteriorating to full on manflu.....

managed a couple of good quality runs and tonight I will have to jump on the turbo....

waiting for some tri bars in the mail as the profile air stryke I recovered from the garage are a) too narrow, b) too short and its making getting aero too irritating.

might also look to swap out the scott DH handlebars to something more regular

and then upgrading the rear mech, bar shifter and read wheel to 10spd ........

( I do like christmas ) 

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 09:52
Your existing rear mech will be 10spd compatible Sgt They don't care what they're cabled to. But iI like to spend too... What spd is your rear wheel?
15/12/2012 at 10:10

IC5,

No bike fit. I have a Felt F95 and had the choice of 58cm or 61cm frame. At 6ft 2" with long limbs and going on the sizing charts, I went for a 61cm.  Feels a good fit, but better when i`m over the BB as aposed to behind it. Probably only a minor adjustment in sitting position, but i feel the difference. On searching Wiggle, may buy a zero offset seat post, which in affect will move my seat forward.

15/12/2012 at 11:43

Ended up having a rest day yesterday, lots of work on, so off for a 2 hour run with the dog later.  Been p*ssing down all night ... going to be nice and muddy!

 

15/12/2012 at 20:45

Here's the round-up of 2012 ... my marathon year.

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 20:54
Nice blog. "Dedicated. Not obsessed"

Dedication is seen as obsession by the uncommitted!

Took the kids out this morning, so got a good soaking on the bike this afternoon.
15/12/2012 at 21:21

Good blog Tim. Well done. 

15/12/2012 at 21:46

Hi

Ironcat5, its a circa 1988 / Team Z~greg lemond era c-record 8 spd, 12-23 block.  I just found the original cogs in the loft so if I can find the alignment chart, I have 11-23 to choose from.  front is 42/52 

I replaced the downtube shifters with veloce brake/shifters when they came out.

SO, is that really a possibility - change the block and chain ? and 10spd is to be had for tuppence ?

16/12/2012 at 18:44
IronCat5    pirate
16/12/2012 at 18:49
You're putting in the time SD. It'll be interesting tonight for SPOTY.

Sgt: sounds like my bike when I got it. Does your block screw on or slide on? Do you have the 10spd shifters ready? 42/52 is very meaty, especially with a 23 at the back!
16/12/2012 at 21:05
Hi

Ive not invested yet, as i was thinking wheels,chain. Shifters and deraileurs

Cogs slide on with spacers. I have to align the cogs usign the letters on the cogs themselves

Ive read elsewhere that the 8spd cannot be upgraded?
IronCat5    pirate
16/12/2012 at 21:13

Hmm...If it was Shimano then 8/9/10 is compatible, but I don't know about Campag. SheldonBrown.com may have some info.

Ironholgs    pirate
17/12/2012 at 08:58

Morning All,

Got drenched this morning on the bike, but at least it wasn't icy.

17/12/2012 at 09:01

Always be positive mate !!!

Ironholgs    pirate
17/12/2012 at 09:31

Trying my best to be.

17/12/2012 at 09:34

Day one of Paris marathon training.............. and it's a rest day !

Ironholgs    pirate
17/12/2012 at 09:59

That sounds like my sort of training plan.

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