A few more pics from the first test ride and the towpath yesterday:
The bike looks really good!
I run a 70mm stem on my Pelago with drop bars, and I am very happy with it.
Ah cheers! Very reassuring to know, think I'll try some shorter stems and maybe raise the handlebars a bit
Unless you're really set on the fit with a setback seatpost, you could also try an inline seatpost. Should shorten the reach 15-25 mm as well.
i had a similar issue with my pomp, in the end i used a 60mm +35 stem which gives more height than a 100 +10 and a shorter reach, if i remember right.
obviously not on the same bike but it handles fine / i cant feel any difference, iirc you can also go mega short and offset with wide bars? if you're into that sort of stuff.
People also bullied me into using modern shaped drops and having a flat hood/bar transition, that helped greatly.
you might find some of this anecdata helpful, bike looks great fun!
Following up on what Maj said, I've used this tool a LOT to compare cockpit setups
Also not sure the bottoms of those bars are supposed to be parallel to the ground, but rather the tops should be horizontal and create a flat transition to the hoods, like so:
Amazing, thanks both. This is exactly why I started this thread in the first place! based on how it felt to ride yesterday, I reckon just angling the bars/drops as in the photo above should sort it. The seatpost was just what came with the bike so definitely not against trying out an inline post either
Sounds like a good plan.
I looks like a very fun and capable bike.
Meant to write in my last post "angling the bars and getting a shorter stem" should sort it, not just angling the bars. don't know why I wrote it like that that.
Having a fun morning procrastinating with the stem calc tool MisterMikkel posted. I checked again and my current stem is 80mm, not 90. Thinking of ordering the 60mm version of this stem from sjs to try. This might make finding a nicer looking quill stem in the future a bit more tricky as the VO/nitto ones don't seem to go much shorter than 80mm. Might just take the hit on positive affirmation from this forum and keep the quill adapter 😬😬😬😬
Should have some SPD pedals sorted soon and have a second hand spesh pizza rack to fit, so bike-wise should be all sorted for the scottish tour next month. Personal fitness-wise I am feeling verrry creaky after bank holiday weekend so I'm scheming some big loops round epping forest plus at least one london-cambridge ride between now and then to get a bit more in shape / iron out any last bike fit problems
While I was waiting for the gravelkings to arrive at the weekend, I gave the folder/pub bike a bit of attention. Managed to work out how the positron-style internal gear hub worked so I was able to remove the rear wheel, for tightening up the hub and truing it. Seems to have solved the play in the hub for now but I've read that these older shimano 3-speed hubs were prone to just wearing out with no way of servicing them, so might just have to chuck it eventually. Chucked on some old MTB levers and grips and some leftover jagwire brake outer. Wasn't sure if I was going to sell my wald 139 but now it's on this bike I'm really glad I kept it. Great little local runaround/beer getter/destination for free stickers.
Still needs a rear brake cable and some new pads, and I'm on the lookout for some serviceable tyres, but want to keep it a parts bin special to soothe my guilt about what I actually paid for it in the first place
Fitted the pizza rack & SPDs to the Trek yesterday, did a relaxed Epping forest ride with a pal with a bit of towpath action at the end of the day
The 60mm stem hasn't arrived yet, but I'd moved the seat as far forward as possible and readjusted the handlebar/lever position which definitely helped with not feeling so stretched out. Worryingly, my wrist became pretty painful towards the end of the day and is still pretty sore today. Reserving judgment til I've tried the shorter stem and possibly some cushy gloves or gel pads under the tape, but still slightly worried the frame's just too long for drop bars and trying to make it work will just be playing bike fit whack-a-mole.
On a positive note, got 'nice biked' by someone yesterday evening on a lovely black surly in Tottenham marshes, possibly 'on here'? Nothing lifts the spirits like spontaneous IRL bike approval from strangers
Also replaced the 7s cassette with a new 8s cassette and chain on the muddy fox. Not the most exciting update but I'm happy it's got a silver cassette again. Garden cat wasn't that impressed tho
I was looking at that caradice support and wondering what that crazy extra strap/support that you had put on there was....
Haha, rack-mounted garden chair for giving backies? Need to improve my bike photo skillz tbf but the cat was being cute
Good looking cat!
Yeh she's a real sweetie. Sadly not ours but she spends 90% of the day in our garden. Seems to like watching me work on the bikes. Very cute until she starts shitting in the plant pots
Anyway, back to bikes. Fitted this tiny wee stem yesterday, I was kind of shocked how smol it was when I opened the box. It's totally improved the riding position though, so thanks to Maj and MisterMikkel for the help with that. Wrist is still feeling a bit sore so haven't done a proper test ride yet. This thread is starting to become a cautionary tale of a 30 year old man riding drop bars for the first time since my teenage fixie skidder days. Been smashing Yoga with Adrienne recently though so hopefully that'll help a bit
You can use 1" spacers to get rid of the skinny neck look if it bothers you.
Cheers! Yeah I'd been thinking about spacers to tidy it up a bit. Now I'm pretty committed to this stem adapter setup I've ordered some.
Last few things to do before the Scotland trip are to tidy up the cables and retape the bars with some gel pads underneath. Might treat myself to an extra wrap of bar tape as well for some additional cush, or is that overkill?
Love this bike! Such a good combo of parts.
Good to meet you the other week for the cassette.
Cheers, and likewise! Yeah I'm super pleased with it how it turned out. Weird to have got to a point now where there's not much left to change with either bike. I guess ride them?
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