No good discovery goes unpunished. Once you've Noodled, you can't go back.
Patrick makes an important point. Bars, saddles and pedals all work together. Your entire weight is supported on your butt, two feet and two hands, and distributed among those 5 points. Toss in medical constraints (back, knees, wrists, etc.) and it’s a multi-variate challenge. Love my Noodles, Brooks, and Grip Kings (sounds like I been hitting the kool aid!) but as well as they satisfy my needs, that combo may be a torture rack for someone else. This is how we all wind up with a shop full of bike parts after a few years cycling.
FS: Half dozen each h’bars, seats and stems. Large selection; make offer J.
i didn't take it that way. i was just trying to explain my situation
to the crowd. believe me, i see so many positions on bikes, some look
totally wrong, but you can't judge a book by its' cover. thank god
that we have rivendell and grant.
I'm another with only Noodles for my drop-barred bikes. Both the
long-distance road bike (Redwood) and the singlespeed
cyclocross/commuter bike (CrossCheck) run 46cm Noodles. I've done a
few singlespeed conversions of 70s-80s road bikes over the years, and
i'm amazed at how narrow the bars were then, it's hard for me to ride
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Sunday, April 19. Meet at the Irvine train station (Barranca & Ada) around 9 and ride by 9:30. Santiago Cyn plus a detour to the start-finish line of the ’84 Olympic road course in MV. We’ll throw in a couple of dirt options (Peters Cyn and a cut thru Whiting Ranch) that parallel the course so people can either stick to pavement or get dirty and still end up together. Total distance around 40 miles. We may have some guys coming from LA & not sure if they’ll drive or Metrolink. Check the Flickr site for any last minute updates or changes:
Hope you can make it. Everything is green now. From now on, So Cal’s only gonna get drier and “more golden”.
Sometimes you’re better off not knowing stuff! Like the real temp! My recollection was the high was supposed to be mid-80s. We topped off our water before starting Santiago and had a nice collection of empties at the top of the saddle above Cooks. At that point I knew it was a bunch hotter than forecast. We re-filled at Cooks and hung out for quite a while, some guys got food. Then we took the bike path (old El Toro) down to Portola / Santa Margarita Pkwy, so if you were headed up that’s probably where you missed us. It actually seemed cooler in MV than the canyon so if you saw 95 on SM Pkwy it was triple digits back in the canyon. See the ride report on Flickr but the short answer is drinking fountain water and a steel chair in the shade at the train station was a real treat. I must have looked terrible because my wife took me out for Mexican food and beer (two of her least favorite foods but she like margaritas) last night.
"Sometimes you’re better off not knowing stuff!
Like the real temp! "
Actually for me, this is vital. I get dehydrated really fast unless I am actively trying to avoid it. I had an evaporative cooling vest with me yesterday which saved me.
"We re-filled at Cooks and hung out for quite a while, some guys got food. Then we took the bike path (old El Toro) down to Portola / Santa Margarita Pkwy, so if you were headed up that’s probably where you missed us."
I figured this was the case. I thought for sure that this is where I'd find you guys.
"It actually seemed cooler in MV than the canyon so if you saw 95 on SM Pkwy it was triple digits back in the canyon."
I've always been amazed by this. Mid-80s in Ladera Ranch always seems to be low- to mid-90s in RSM. The canyon did seem hotter, but I honestly was too busy suffering up the climbs to tell. By the time I dropped back down toward Dana Point, it seemed downright cold, but it was still 87 degrees.
I wish I would have found the group. It looks like it was a fun ride. Maybe next time.
Oh, about those handlebars. I think I might pass. I was thinking of using and aerobar and yesterdays ride proved to me why I dislike them so much in the first place. They take up space on the handlebars that I actually use for my hands.