How Do These Airborne Specs Look?



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C.J.Patten

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NYC XYZ:

Saddles are so personal, to borrow a phrase, "you gotta break a few eggs to
make an omelette."

I have half a dozen saddles in a wicker basket in my living room. I have a
1976 Brooks Team Pro on my one and only bike. I found the Brooks *in the
trash* :eek:

If you haven't tried a tensioned leather saddle (Brooks specifically) and
you're into "comfort" not racing, you might consider giving one a shot. I
will never go back to plastic saddles unless I get in to time trialing or
something - then I'll still probably look for a Brooks Swallow.

Download their catalog at:
http://www.brookssaddles.com/docs/catalogue_05_en.pdf
(right click and "Save As...")

See Sheldon Brown's page on saddles:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

For folks opinions on the Brooks:
http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Saddle/product_22663.shtml
Note the 4.83/5.00 average rating.

Good luck.
Chris



"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> [email protected] wrote:
>>
>>
>> There are no small charges at an lbs. They will want $30 for a stem
>> you can get for<$10 online. LBS have crappy return policies. Order
>> saddles online then you can return them . Or get a Brooks B17 and be in
>> bliss. I wouldnt hesitate to buy a bike online.

>
> I must say, many of the NYC LBSes don't seem to be too "caring"...maybe
> they're tired of the same damned noobish concerns day after day. =)
>
> It's true there are no small charges...fixing a flat is at least ten
> bucks! (I do understand they've got more expenses, though.) The other
> thing with LBSes is that you deal with "personalities"...it's not like
> you go to McDonald's and just get your hamburger (LOL -- wait, hear me
> out, don't flame me!), you go and the person wants to know why the hell
> anyone would want pickles in their hamburger, why don't you try the
> healthier chicken sandwich, whatever...I find it hard to talk to LBS
> folks 'cause if they're knowledgeable about bikes it's like they're
> running for the Presidency or something! =D
>
> I mean, hell, if I want to annoy someone with my stupdity, I'll come to
> usenet and do it.
>
> But the Brooks B17?? Looks like any ol' saddle!
>
> You mean the Serfas RX doesn't look comfy to you??
>
 
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Jeff Starr

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On Sat, 23 Jul 2005 14:44:12 GMT, "Bill Sornson"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>NYC XYZ wrote:
>
>{whole buncha snippage}
>
>> I totally agree. Thing is, $1,200 for this bike is quite a deal! I'm
>> sure I'll fit...I've always bought pre-built bikes, and they've never
>> felt totally comfortable, whatever that means when it comes to
>> bicycling.

>
>Have you ever been fit to a bike?
>
>Giving up now, BS
>


Bill, he kind of reminds me of early Maggie, without the charm. This
guy is so full of preconceived ideas, that it will take a miracle to
get through to him.

For the OP, go to a LBS and get a professional fitting, bicycles can
be comfortable. Overly padded bike saddles are generally not
comfortable on longer rides. Another thing, two brands of bike with
the same size listing, may be very different. Geometry and where they
measure, affects this.

Maybe some background would help. What is your age and level of
fitness? How often do you ride? Do you wear padded bicycle shorts?
Where are you located?


Life is Good!
Jeff
 
>>But the Brooks B17?? Looks like any ol' saddle!


You mean the Serfas RX doesn't look comfy to you??
<,

Those cushy saddles are fine for round the corner rides and such but
for longer rides you need to support the sit bones . Check out
www.mtbr.com and look at B17 reviews.
There are no better saddles at least for my butt. Proper sizing is
crucial. If you know what size you need then mail order is great.
 
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!Jones

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On 23 Jul 2005 06:58:10 -0700, in rec.bicycles.tech "NYC XYZ"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>> -or are you trying
>> (-successfully!)to wind us up?

>
>What is it with the Black Helicopters and New World Order?? =)


Well, some folks get wound up pretty easily and methinks this one is
in search of a reason. You're perfectly on topic asking a
bicycle-related question here.

If you want to see him have a conniption fit, propose restricting
bicycles or requiring insurance... something like that. Sometimes
it's fun to push a hot button and watch them slaver and chew the rug;
however, you don't ever *learn* anything therein and I have a short
attention span for that sort of thing.

Jones
 
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Jeff Starr

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On 23 Jul 2005 06:16:37 -0700, "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]>
wrote:



>
>Decent shorts? See, this is the thing -- I do look like an average
>rider, the sort that doesn't wear the spandex and jerseys and helmets
>(oops) and carry water bottles....


What do you have against water bottles? How are you going to ride 50+
miles, at a fast pace, and not drink any liquids?

You are asking questions, but then debating or dismissing the answers.
You don't like being numb in the crotch? Padded shorts might help
that.

Saddles are a personal thing, with certain general rules of thumb. You
need a saddle that lines up with your sit bones, one that is
comfortable for you. I went through four different saddles, before I
settled on a Selle Italia Prolink basic.

I really don't understand your reluctance to work with a LBS. They
have to ask questions to understand your needs, and they are going to
try to clear up your misconceptions, which would be no easy job.

If you buy a bike online, without at least getting a pro fit and then
assistance in fitting the new bike, you will continue to be
uncomfortable.


Life is Good!
Jeff
 
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Gooserider

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Gooserider wrote:
>>
>>
>> Aluminum can be SCARY light, and steel isn't 5-10 pounds heavier. Try 1-2
>> pounds.

>
> So what's generally lighter, all other things (frame geometry, etc.)
> being equal -- ti, carbon fiber, aluminum, or quality steel?
>
>> I'm sure you couldn't stand to lose 5 pounds off your body, right?

>
> Hehehe...5'11" and 230 lbs. -- I was statistically overweight for my
> age and height even at my best shape of 185 lbs.!


Then you shouldn't be worrying so much about frame material and a couple of
pounds on the bike.

>> If you want to be comfortable, frame material is the least of your
>> concern.

>
> Well, part of comfort for me would be not carrying so many pounds,
> whether portaging over stairs or climbing long New Jersey hills!


Comfort is more about position and fit on the bike. Comfort is cumulative.

>> Tire size and frame geometry have far more to do with it.

>
> Frame geometry affects weight??


No, but it definitely affects comfort. An upright position with less weight
on the hands makes a huge difference.

>> That being said,
>> don't you wonder why so many touring bikes are STEEL? :)

>
> LOL -- didn't know they were!


I'd say the majority are. There are some aluminum(Cannondale comes to mind)
and some Ti(Airborne, Lightspeed), but most are steel.
 
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Zoot Katz

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23 Jul 2005 06:29:31 -0700,
<[email protected]>, "NYC XYZ"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>> Mark
>> is a regular poster here and a nice guy, but don't talk politics with
>> him.

>
>LOL -- politics? That's interesting...the bike advocacy orgs here in
>NYC seem pretty left-of-center!


It's okay to talk politics with Mark as long as you're nuts enough to
agree with him.
--
zk
 
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Gooserider

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> You must be joking. You think economically sanctioning a country will
> help improve its human rights? You think the ruler rather than the
> regular people are going to suffer more from a poor economy?


Then perhaps the people will do what oppressed people have done throughout
history----rise up and overthrow the yoke of the oppressor.

The
> "enemy" thing is nothing more than a fear out of ignorance. When was
> the last time China was of any real and actual threat to the US? How
> many of the claims you made were from first hand experience instead of
> politically motivated propaganda (you believe everything said on TV?
> they also say you can lose 70 pounds in a month on TV)? The human
> rights violation theory is way overrated. It's in many people's
> interests to exaggerate these things.


Really? Apparently the Chinese military believes they are a threat.
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/28cfe55a-f4a7-11d9-9dd1-00000e2511c8.html

China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by
Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan, a Chinese general said on
Thursday.

"If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to
the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with
nuclear weapons," said General Zhu Chenghu.


> Besides, half of the goods sold in this country are made in China. You
> better stop buying anything now.


Hey, every little bit helps. There are multitudes of bikes available which
aren't made in Communist sweatshops. You just have to butch up and spend a
bit more, or less. There's no need to buy an Airborne when you can buy a
perfectly serviceable Giant, Trek, Cannondale, Soma, Surly, Bianchi, or any
other US, Taiwanese, or Euro bike. Can you buy American made toys? Probably
not. But you can buy American bikes.
 
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Gooserider

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> Gooserider wrote:
>>
>>
>> The problem with buying Chinese goods is the very real possibility that
>> doing so supports our enemy.War with China over Taiwan is not out of the
>> question.

>
> Of course, the other school of thought counters that this is precisely
> why you must keep 'em engaged through trade. As their economy becomes
> ever more dependent on foreign trade, etc., war becomes more and more
> "impractical"...if Nixon hadn't gone to China, China might be just
> another North Korea now.


Or, the Chinese will continue to pour massive amounts of money into their
military, strengthening them for the eventual takeover of Taiwan. That is
the more likely scenario.

>> The Chinese have a horrible human rights record, you know.

>
> So do many US allies. That doesn't stop us from buying Saudi oil, etc.


There are alternatives to buying Chinese bicycles. Saudi oil, not so much.
At least not now. That's why I drive a car which gets excellent mileage, and
commute by bicycle 4 days/week. The cartels aren't getting rich off me.

>> People
>> there are routinely put in re-education camps, undergo forced
>> sterilization,
>> are placed in forced labor camps, and face other such horrible acts.

>
> I totally agree. I just don't think that I can have any more effect on
> those issues than the US government, which has very limited effect on
> issues it considers even more important.


But you can do the right thing. I'll bet you wouldn't buy a shampoo you knew
was tested by being squirted in puppy's eyes(hypothetical, of course). Why
you wouldn't have a problem buying a bicycle made in a country whose
government routinely does worse things to people is beyond me.

>> Every
>> dollar you spend on Chinese goods goes to strengthen them both
>> economically
>> and militarily. I would no more buy Chinese goods than I would buy
>> conflict
>> diamonds.

>
> Conflict diamonds? What are these, please?


http://www.un.org/peace/africa/Diamond.html
http://www.amnestyusa.org/diamonds/index.do

Basically, conflict diamonds are those from Sierra Leone, Angola, and Congo.
The sales of diamonds finance rebels who commit horrible atrocities against
the civilian populations. Chopping off hands and feet with machetes is
routine. I really don't think a little bling is worth somebody losing their
hands, and the UN agrees.
 
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di

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> di wrote:
>>
>>
>> why would you want a titanium hybrid?

>
>
> I'M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ******GLAD****** YOU ASKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> It seems like manufacturers also think there isn't a market out there
> for folks who like their uprights (or upwrongs, as the 'bent crowd
> likes to crow!) comfy as well as light and speedy.
>
> I'm not into racing, but I do do a lot of bike riding for someone who's
> not into racing! So I want to be comfortable...but that also means not
> dealing with that extra five to ten pounds of a non-ti or carb-fi
> bike....
>
> I CAN'T be the only one who reasons this way...!
>
> I went to so many bike shops around NYC, and they all gave me that WTF
> stare...but it makes perfect sense to me! Why is the world so
> black-and-white anyway?? I like comfort, but I also like performance!
>
> When I lean more towards comfort (actually, when I have more cash) I'll
> get a recumbent bike...for now, I'm still leaning towards out-and-out
> performance -- but comfort's still a main, if not *the* main, factor!


Actually I wasn't even thinking about performance and hybrid in the same
chain of thought, most of the people I know who start with a hybrid and stay
with cycling will eventually go to either a good quality road bike or
mountain bike and drop the hybrid. BY the way you can buy a very good
recumbent for $1200.
 
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Gooserider

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> since you want a Ti bike, I would suggest that you go here:
> http://www.habcycles.com/
> Habanero frames are good quality, just like airborne. However, it is
> smaller volume, and the owner, Mark, will spend more time talking to
> you and answering all the questions that you have very patiently. Mark
> is a regular poster here and a nice guy, but don't talk politics with
> him.
>
> Andres


Habaneros are still Chinese. If you want Ti, save up and buy a Litespeed.
Otherwise, there are plenty of perfectly fine bikes made from other
materials. Ti can't do anything good steel doesn't. So it doesn't rust? I
live in Florida, ride steel, and I don't have a rust problem. Proper
maintenance goes a long way. Ti is
 
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Gooserider

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> Gooserider wrote:
>>
>>
>> Airborne is fine, if you don't mind buying a Chinese bicycle.

>
> Indeed! Oddly enough, Airborne notes on its website that although the
> frame comes from a Chinese aerospace and satellite company (?!), their
> bikes still qualify under US Trade regulations as American Made!


Ah, the wonders of free trade. How many American Ti fabricators could be
employed if those bikes were made here?

>> I don't
>> support communist dictatorships.

>
> This is so interesting...what Red China products do you do without, and
> what do you substitute them with? Like everything's made there these
> days.


Can I find American made cheap plastic junk? No. Can I find bicycles, cars,
motorcycles, appliances, and electronics not made in China. Sure, and I
have.

>> I own three Taiwanese bikes, and an
>> American bike. The American bike is head and shoulders above the
>> Taiwanese
>> quality wise, but it was far more expensive, too. I wouldn't buy the
>> Airborne, but that's purely on an ethical level. I'm sure the quality is
>> fine.

>
> Are you sure those so-called "Taiwanese" bikes aren't perhaps made in
> some mainland China factory? I understand everybody's got factories in
> China.


If the sticker says "Made in Taiwan", then that's the deal. They're all made
at the same factories, anyway.
 
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Gooserider

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Vis-a-vis the price, anyway -- $1,300 for 19-lb. bikes!!
>
> http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/Store/05LXTI-special.asp
>
> http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/05TB-special.asp
>
>

You want to be comfortable? Here you go:

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/surly-cross-check.html#complete

Steel frame, fat tires, relaxed geometry. Fender-able, rack-able. Heavier
than your 19 pound Chinese wonder machine, but comfortable enough for you to
actually ride the thing. You ride the Surly enough and you'll easily drop
the 6 pounds of weight difference. Plus, the Surly is a better fit for NYC,
unless you think the gossamer wheels on the Airborne are going to handle
potholes and curbs well.
 
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araby

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"NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
>> BTW, Ti is great but aluminum and steel are also fine. Best not to
>> spend too much money at this point, and make sure you get a good fit.

>
> But just what is a "good fit"?
>
> Bikes have always been uncomfortable to me...I just put up with it;
> just figured that's how they are. What's "comfort" on a bike? It's a
> damned unnatural position, to be hunched over with that thing between
> one's legs like that!
>
>> Anyway, good luck,
>>
>> -Ron

>
> Thanks! Looking to get a recumbent next year, too!


Please don't let on this group if you do otherwise it will generate a thread
longer than this one :)
If you do, you can forget the 19lb bike weight. Add another 10 and you are
getting close -if you don't mind spending more than your $1200. For the
$1250 quoted elsewhere on this thread typically you can get an Easy Racer EZ
sport. Fine as far as it goes, but forget high performance and weight (well
over 30lb).The same manufacturer makes the Ti Gold Rush. Seems right up your
street. Probably the best or as good as any touring recumbent out there.
Price a mere $5200. Weight 27lb
Check out:
http://www.easyracers.com/index.htm
and another reputable manufacturer,
http://www.ransbikes.com/
-for all their products.

For what it's worth, I have been into and out of the recumbent phase. Four
years was more than enough
My last recumbent was a Rans Vrex. -$1700 and 30lb.
Cheers,

Roy
 
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Tim McNamara

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In article <[email protected]>,
"Gooserider" <[email protected]> wrote:

> I don't support communist dictatorships.


So you don't own a house, use a credit card, use any US government
services or buy just about any product for sale in Wal*Mart, Target,
KMart, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, etc. One of the largest creditors
holding US debt is China- both government debt and private debt- and of
course because of cheap labor most of the household items or clothing
you can buy in retail were made in China, at least in part. The
American way of life is dependent on poor, exploited, abused Chinese
(and also poor, exploited and abused Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis,
etc).

Are you happy supporting other types of dictatorships, such as the Saud
royal family?
 
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RonSonic

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On 23 Jul 2005 05:50:33 -0700, "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote:

>
>RonSonic wrote:
>>
>>
>> "In some distant land it is possible that bicycle seats are made out of rainbow
>> and stuffed with cloud. In this world it's easier to just get used to something
>> hard."

>
>Ah, straight out of the '80s Charmin commercial!


Nope, article in a cycling journal in 1905.

>> Heres the deal, upright position puts more weight on your ass it also forces
>> your legs around the saddle at an awkward angle unless you set the seat too low.
>> Which puts yet more weight on your ass and kills your pedalling efficiency.
>> That big sofa-like saddle will require that you set it low.
>>
>> There is no reason for a saddle like that to be light. It simply cannot be fast
>> anyway.

>
>Ah, yes, conventional wisdom. That's why it's so hard for me to find a
>"comfort bike" with "performance" specs!


Sorta like finding a luxury car with sports car performance and minivan cargo
capacity.

>> Fit is never equal.

>
>We're talking theory, here, and necessarily so, since there's no exact
>way to quantify "comfort" and "fit," least not over usenet!


Point is, all other things are never equal. The bike I scoot up to the library
on is a bit different from the one I blast through the forests with and those
are nothing like the road beast. All do have some commonality in how I fit, but
horses for courses as they say.

>> As for all the brand names and model numbers, aren't you the
>> guy whining that the components might not be adequate to your demands. If you
>> want to be a weenie and fuss about that sort of thing, then get weenie about it
>> and fuss about that sort of thing.

>
>???


If you wanna fuss about it then learn about it. Don't fuss AND cling to your
ignorance. That's stupid.

>> Better for WHAT? For WHOM? How good do the parts have to be. Shimano LX is
>> perfectly adequate for pounding through the mountains why won't is suffice for
>> you?

>
>I'm asking the questions, and if you hear them, then I'm obviously
>soliciting your opinion, as I haven't a clue what Shimano-this and
>Bontrager-that means.


Well either get off your ass and find out - OR - explain just what sort of
riding you're doing that you fear LX is not good enough to handle so you can get
some meaningful advice. And brother unless you use words like "gnarly, sick,
xtreme" to describe the enormous "drops, hucks and jumps" you're taking, LX is
more than strong enough.

>> You don't know enough about bikes to be buying that way. Bottom line.

>
>It's true I'm a noob when it comes to technical stuff like this, which
>is why I'm asking here! Thing is, I do know I don't want some
>pig-heavy Huffy from Walmart, if you take my meaning....


That part I understand. Now the part you need to understand is that you are
responsible for either learning enough to make all these decisions yourself,
which also means paying money for your mistakes, or put yourself in the hands of
someone who knows and giving him the information necessary.

>> No, an 18" mountain bike is not the same as an 18" comfort bike and not at all
>> like an 18" drop bar road bike.

>
>Which is why I'd noted earlier about "all other things being equal" --
>an 18" comfort bike is not different in that respect than another 18"
>comfort bike.


Nope. One of the reason we have so many manufacturers is to provide bikes that
fit so many different people. They ain't all the same. I've got two 21" mountain
bikes, that are so different you wouldn't think they were the same size at all.
It's funny, I line those up with my 60cm road bike and the bars, saddles and
cranks all sorta line up, sorta, but nothing else is the same.

>Of course, I'm asking about a hybrid and a road bike, and I know there
>are differences...just wanted to pick your brains for any I may have
>missed, noob that I am.
>
>> The components are different to suit the fact that they are on entirely
>> different styles of bike. They are perfectly good components and work far better
>> than you ride.

>
>?


Trust me, these parts are better than you.

>On my old Trek 7500, I must have put $500 worth of "work" into it over
>about eight years...new cables, chains, cranksets, etc. I really wear
>things out! But I can't imagine riding any other way -- don't see what
>I might be doing wrong, if I'm prematurely wearing parts out somehow.


Nah, just need to learn to do your own maintenance.

>> How bad do you need to stop? Calipers work fine for what they are.

>
>Let's put it this way...I was riding like an NYC messenger in midtown
>rush-hour traffic before I actually did it for a summer spell! =)


And there's a lot of messengers out there with ONE caliper brake and a fixed
gear, which doesn't stop any better than a coaster brake. Don't let the
advertising guys get you to think that buying more stuff is the answer.

My question is what's wrong with the Trek that it should be replaced.

>> Upright means slow and your ass hurts.

>
>That's intersting! I understand the "slow" part -- but I ain't racing,
>just wanted as "fast" as possible given how I ride (which means
>components, etc., to my way of thinking) -- though I don't see how
>upright means up the ass, either. =) Do you mean "crotch" or
>literally ass?? My ass rarely hurts...it's the crotch...ouch!


The more upright you sit the more of your weight is on whatever part of your
anatomy hits the saddle. If you have a stupid plush saddle it'll be your crotch
that takes the weight. If you have a proper hard saddle set high enough it'll be
the sits bones on either side of your ass and below the cheeks that bear the
load.

I can build callouses on my ass.

>> Use your legs.

>
>I do, but it's the ol' suspenders-and-belt theory: two systems are
>better than one. After all, I'm already using my legs anyway! And it
>always gets to your back, in any case, eventually....


By raising the saddle you shift weight forward to your hands and legs. Using a
narrow relatively hard saddle means you can keep your weight off the tender bits
and onto the bony bits on either side. Sit on a hard wood bench, lean forward.
Feel the two spots your weight is on - that's what should be supporting you on
the bike. Riding on your taint is just cruelty.

You should be getting out of the saddle and shifting your position regularly.
Don't get settled in to one position.

Myself I like the Specialized BG saddles, they are fitted to the rider and have
a groove and cutout right where you don't want your weight to rest.

>> Ten cogs times whatever's at the front.

>
>OIC!
>
>> Ron

>
>Sorry for the noob questions, but thanks for your feedback!


Here's da Faqs jack: ftp://draco.acs.uci.edu/pub/rec.bicycles/faq They presume
knowledge, but there's good general info.

Ron
 
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NYC XYZ

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Jeff Starr wrote:
>
>
> Bill, he kind of reminds me of early Maggie, without the charm. This
> guy is so full of preconceived ideas, that it will take a miracle to
> get through to him.


LOL -- actually, I simply have no idea what it means to be "fit to a
bike"...what, they take out the tape measure like at the tailor's?

> For the OP, go to a LBS and get a professional fitting, bicycles can
> be comfortable.


That's just the thing -- I haven't any idea what "comfortable" means!
There's this bike shop, Pedal Pushers, that claims to do *laser*
fitting...how do I know it's not just a gimmick?

I say bikes are uncomfortable because I just haven't experienced total
"comfort" on any -- but then again, all physical activity involves some
measure of discomfort...could just be the hectic way I ride, too --
could be all the pothole patches in NYC I have to go over, all the
bumps...who knows?

> Overly padded bike saddles are generally not
> comfortable on longer rides. Another thing, two brands of bike with
> the same size listing, may be very different. Geometry and where they
> measure, affects this.


Wow, this is worse than buying clothes and shoes!

> Maybe some background would help. What is your age and level of
> fitness? How often do you ride? Do you wear padded bicycle shorts?
> Where are you located?


33, very fit (cardio and anaerobic), been riding since like 13, commute
two hours four days a week and/or ride for six hours on the weekend
exploring the NYC area. I don't wear padded shorts.

Sorry, biking alway's been a "pick-up-and-go" affair for me...never
imagined it's can be such a science for amateurs!

> Life is Good!
> Jeff
 
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Eric Hill

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C'mon people, be as diligent in your topicality as you are in your bike
opinions. At least take r.b.marketplace out.

-eric
 
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NYC XYZ

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RonSonic wrote:
>
> <SNIP>
>
>
>
> Sorta like finding a luxury car with sports car performance and minivan cargo
> capacity.


Yup! What's the big deal with that?? Why can't you have a woman
that's pretty and smart? <DUCKS>

> Point is, all other things are never equal. The bike I scoot up to the library
> on is a bit different from the one I blast through the forests with and those
> are nothing like the road beast. All do have some commonality in how I fit, but
> horses for courses as they say.


I guess I'm looking for a bike that really epitomizes the "hybrid"
concept, that's all. I too will move on to more specific roles for
each bike as I build up a "collection" in time...just want this
"workhorse" to be a good general all-around machine.

> If you wanna fuss about it then learn about it. Don't fuss AND cling to your
> ignorance. That's stupid.


I would think I'm learning right now! How am I clinging to anything?
Because I ask, because I doubt?

> Well either get off your ass and find out -


Uh, how do I get off my ass and "find out"...I thought that's the whole
point of this thread!

>OR - explain just what sort of
> riding you're doing that you fear LX is not good enough to handle so you can get
> some meaningful advice.


My suspicion is only based on the fact that the bike's "only" $1,200
and yet only weighs in at 19 lbs. I'm figuring corners may have been
cut somewhere!

> And brother unless you use words like "gnarly, sick,
> xtreme" to describe the enormous "drops, hucks and jumps" you're taking, LX is
> more than strong enough.


No, I don't do "tricks" -- guess I'll be fine, then. Thanks!

> That part I understand. Now the part you need to understand is that you are
> responsible for either learning enough to make all these decisions yourself,
> which also means paying money for your mistakes, or put yourself in the hands of
> someone who knows and giving him the information necessary.


Yes, Master!

> Nope. One of the reason we have so many manufacturers is to provide bikes that
> fit so many different people. They ain't all the same. I've got two 21" mountain
> bikes, that are so different you wouldn't think they were the same size at all.
> It's funny, I line those up with my 60cm road bike and the bars, saddles and
> cranks all sorta line up, sorta, but nothing else is the same.


I really don't get it...what the hell does 21 inches mean anymore??
LOL..."size" doesn't matter!

> Trust me, these parts are better than you.


??

> Nah, just need to learn to do your own maintenance.


So things are supposed to wear out??

I guess I really have got it backwards...I'm think bikes are inherently
"uncomfortable" but should "last"...seems like the only thing that
lasts is the frame itself -- everything else can be expected to see
replacement, including rims!

> And there's a lot of messengers out there with ONE caliper brake and a fixed
> gear, which doesn't stop any better than a coaster brake.


And there are messengers who use track bikes with no brakes -- ?!?!

I'm just saying, in response to your question, that at 5'11" and 230
lbs. I ride often and I ride hard!

> Don't let the
> advertising guys get you to think that buying more stuff is the answer.


I'm naturally skeptical; can't you tell? =)

> My question is what's wrong with the Trek that it should be replaced.


Um, LOL -- it's stolen! =(

> The more upright you sit the more of your weight is on whatever part of your
> anatomy hits the saddle. If you have a stupid plush saddle it'll be your crotch
> that takes the weight. If you have a proper hard saddle set high enough it'll be
> the sits bones on either side of your ass and below the cheeks that bear the
> load.
>
> I can build callouses on my ass.


Sounds logical enough. See, bikes are inherently uncomfortable, as I
say! Even you can build padding on your ass, and your bikes fit you.

> By raising the saddle you shift weight forward to your hands and legs.


Problem with this is that then the wrists and even elbows wind up hurt,
not to mention straining the neck...this is also why cycling to me has
been an "inherently uncomfortable" sport.

> Using a
> narrow relatively hard saddle means you can keep your weight off the tender bits
> and onto the bony bits on either side. Sit on a hard wood bench, lean forward.
> Feel the two spots your weight is on - that's what should be supporting you on
> the bike. Riding on your taint is just cruelty.


That hurts too, riding on the bones! I do that, too, but over long
rides weight's just shifted all over the place -- I can even ride by
sitting on just one cheek!

> You should be getting out of the saddle and shifting your position regularly.
> Don't get settled in to one position.


Yes, I do. Glad to see I'm doing something right, then! Always
figured on bicycling being a "natural" thing.

> Myself I like the Specialized BG saddles, they are fitted to the rider and have
> a groove and cutout right where you don't want your weight to rest.


Cool, thanks for the tip! I'm over to Specialized's site right now to
check 'em out....

> Here's da Faqs jack: ftp://draco.acs.uci.edu/pub/rec.bicycles/faq They presume
> knowledge, but there's good general info.
>
> Ron


They always presume a working know-how to begin with, don't they? How
annoying.

But thanks all the same; this looks good -- much obliged!!
 
N

NYC XYZ

Guest
Thanks for the ref -- I've never heard of "tensioned leather"...sounds
like a throw-back to yesteryear!

The more this thread develops, the more I'm getting a sense of that
"blind men describing different parts of an elephant"...where I'm all
three blind men!

Sigh...gotta learn with some $$$ what saddles suit me, I see. So I'm
gonna get a Serfas RX and one of these leather thinggies, too, and see!



C.J.Patten wrote:
> NYC XYZ:
>
> Saddles are so personal, to borrow a phrase, "you gotta break a few eggs to
> make an omelette."
>
> I have half a dozen saddles in a wicker basket in my living room. I have a
> 1976 Brooks Team Pro on my one and only bike. I found the Brooks *in the
> trash* :eek:
>
> If you haven't tried a tensioned leather saddle (Brooks specifically) and
> you're into "comfort" not racing, you might consider giving one a shot. I
> will never go back to plastic saddles unless I get in to time trialing or
> something - then I'll still probably look for a Brooks Swallow.
>
> Download their catalog at:
> http://www.brookssaddles.com/docs/catalogue_05_en.pdf
> (right click and "Save As...")
>
> See Sheldon Brown's page on saddles:
> http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html
>
> For folks opinions on the Brooks:
> http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Saddle/product_22663.shtml
> Note the 4.83/5.00 average rating.
>
> Good luck.
> Chris