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RussNicholls9
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Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 22:43 pm

Hey,

Just bought my first road bike and looking forward to making the change from mountain biking and BMX . Just purchased a 2010 Trek 1.1 for a bargain in my opinion :')

Took it out for the first time and not only my first ever time on a road bike but clipless and yes I made that fatal mistake of not unclipping soon enough at my first set of lights :lol:

All in all loving the change so far and can't wait to see how the new year goes as a lycra boy :')

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 22:55 pm

I'll get a picture in the morning if anyone's interested

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upperoilcan
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby upperoilcan » Mon Dec 17, 2012 23:04 pm

Good work mate ! I've been converted,2nd yr in and still loving it !

Enjoy !! An welcome to the forum.
Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2.

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elderone
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby elderone » Mon Dec 17, 2012 23:10 pm

Well done on becoming a roadie,it,s the start of an obsession and wallet draining pass time.
Get a pic up,always worth a look.
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RussNicholls9
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 23:35 pm

Got a picture for you guys, but it does the bike no justice, but it's a start :) I'll get a better picture at a later date.

@upperoilcan Thanks and I hope I'll be the same way come next year :)

@elderone Thanks! I see what you mean about the wallet draining! Already after new upgrades :D

RussNicholls9
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 23:37 pm

Here she is, Just a shame the picture gives her no justice :(

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blackpoolkev
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby blackpoolkev » Tue Dec 18, 2012 01:02 am

Your bike looks lovely, but she deserves a road style horizontal stem.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby bompington » Tue Dec 18, 2012 05:58 am

Your bike looks lovely, but she deserves to get out on the road! That's what it's all about, plenty of time for adjustments as you go on. Enjoy.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby DavidJB » Tue Dec 18, 2012 08:39 am

blackpoolkev wrote:Your bike looks lovely, but she deserves a road style horizontal stem.


Stem just needs to be flipped.

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Bustacapp
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby Bustacapp » Tue Dec 18, 2012 09:19 am

Any chance of uploading the pic as an attachment? The image host you're using is blocked where I work.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 09:38 am

Oh don't worry she'll be eating up the miles with me! I also noticed that about the stem, but when you guys say flipped I'm a little confused, flipped as the steerer tube end taken off and put back on upside down (and bars obviously)? Maybe it's best I just go into my LBS and ask, I'm no mechanic! haha.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby dynamicbrick » Tue Dec 18, 2012 09:56 am

Unbolt the bar end of it too. However, it's a visual thing, don't do it at the expense of comfort. Looking good and feeling good are not always mutually compatible.

Anyhow; Trek 1.1, I've got a 2011 one, and it is a fairly viceless ride; brakes are a bit weak, and the frame is a bit flexible, but otherwise a solid way of getting about. Even the wheels are okay for the price bracket it was in. The only frustration I think you might find is the relatively narrow gear range.

Mine was reduced to turbo trainer and wet weather duties this year... can't bring myself to sell it; it's never misbehaved, never stopped working, and never thrown me off. So I'm going to treat it to some new bar tape, chainset, and other goodies in 2013.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby essjaydee » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:15 pm

Welcome 8)

Was worried the picture was going to be of a MAMIL :shock:

Remove the stem between your handlebars and fork steerer top tube, and turn it over 180 degrees. Then refit it. It will lower your handle bars and give the bike a racier more aerodynamic riding position, but may not be as comfortable. Ride it as it is, then 'flip' the stem and ride it again to see which position you prefer/is more comfortable for you.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby keef66 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:25 pm

Be careful; it looks like the stem has quite a steep angle, so flipping it may reduce the bar height quite a lot.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby bompington » Tue Dec 18, 2012 13:28 pm

essjaydee wrote:Remove the stem between your handlebars and fork steerer top tube, and turn it 180 degrees

Not sure that's going to work
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby elderone » Tue Dec 18, 2012 13:53 pm

bompington wrote:
essjaydee wrote:Remove the stem between your handlebars and fork steerer top tube, and turn it 180 degrees

Not sure that's going to work
stem.jpg

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RussNicholls9
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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 15:06 pm

hhahaha oi don't get picking on the new guy! ;)

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 16:38 pm

Just found this on ebay, same bike, but by the looks of it is this what the stem would look like flipped?

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby dynamicbrick » Tue Dec 18, 2012 17:14 pm

Probably a slightly shallower angle on that stem - it's on a bigger frame - but yes, broadly the same.

It's only 7 bolts to do it, 5 minute job.

While you're there you can swap the spacers about to change the effective height of the bars.

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Re: Hello Roadie world!

Postby RussNicholls9 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:32 am

Some of you eager eyed might have noticed the rear puncture in the picture, well that was picked up on my first ride :(

well I got home ordered a new tube, levers and pump off CRC who I've used for many years with the MTB. Been eagerly waiting the postman only to open the box to a cocked up order and I've received a bunch of lights and muk-off. Gutted! was gonna go for a ride this afternoon!


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