Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bad Day on the BIke?

Is a bad day on the trail possible? Nah. But it could have been better. I headed out during my lunch for some Memorial Park trail riding. I was anxious to trail test the new bars. The setup wasn't too good. Too much weight on the front wheel and the reach felt too far.

Back to the drawing board. Luckily, I keep measurements. Yes... I am a nerd. I learned from motorsports - always keep track of what you changed!

Looking over the setup sheets it was obvious. I increased the reach by over an inch-and-a-half by going to a straight bar. Those spec bars had a lot of sweep! Tonight...a shorter stem and another trail-trial tomorrow.

Setting up a bike is somewhat more difficult than a race car. There's not as much adjustability, and the bike seems to be very sensitive to very small changes. Part of the problem is that I don't understand the dynamics very well. Hmmm... learning.