newbie needs help w/ tires, seats, and other fun stuff

newbie needs help w/ tires, seats, and other fun stuff

Post by eric gleaso » Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:13:26


I got my first decent bike last fall, was able to ride it for a month or so
before the weather turned and riding was no fun anymore.  The weather
finally broke here in upstate NY (at least for a few days), so I got out on
the road for the first time this year.

The bike is more or less an entry-level flat bar road bike, riding on road
tires.  I want to get tires that are a little wider and will still work on
these rims, I ride on a lot of asphalt in bad shape, so I can feel every
little bump jarring my ass.  What do you guys recommend?  What do I look
for?  The current tires are 700 x26C

Second, I need one of those seats that won't make my weewee go numb, what's
good there?  My local shops seem to have a very poor selection.  I've heard
the Terry Liberator mentioned before, is this a good option?  FWIW, I've got
kind of a wide ass.

What do I need to keep my chain and gears clean?  Lots of water from melting
snow and gravel on top of the asphalt from a long winter, so I got plenty of
grainy dirt on me today, and my chain already felt like I just sandblasted
it.

Are the cheapy fenders like Nashbar sells worth the $ and time to install
them?  I think it's going to be a wet spring here...

Thanks in advance for the advice!

 
 
 

newbie needs help w/ tires, seats, and other fun stuff

Post by Buck » Tue, 18 Mar 2003 15:17:57


Quote:
> The bike is more or less an entry-level flat bar road bike, riding on road
> tires.  I want to get tires that are a little wider and will still work on
> these rims, I ride on a lot of asphalt in bad shape, so I can feel every
> little bump jarring my ass.  What do you guys recommend?  What do I look
> for?  The current tires are 700 x26C

Check to see how much clearance you have between tire and frame. That will
tell you how much bigger a tire you can put on. By the way, the PSI rating
on the side of the tire is a *maximum*. You can always lower  the pressure a
bit to get a smoother ride.

Quote:
> Second, I need one of those seats that won't make my weewee go numb,
what's
> good there?  My local shops seem to have a very poor selection.  I've
heard
> the Terry Liberator mentioned before, is this a good option?  FWIW, I've
got
> kind of a wide ass.

Numbness is often a problem with saddle position. Too high, too low, too far
forward, too far back, but most importantly, wrong tilt....

Quote:
> What do I need to keep my chain and gears clean?  Lots of water from
melting
> snow and gravel on top of the asphalt from a long winter, so I got plenty
of
> grainy dirt on me today, and my chain already felt like I just sandblasted
> it.

The biggest factor in keeping them clean is to keep the water off them in
the first place. A set of fenders will do wonders here. If not, a spray down
with cleaner followed by a wipe with a rag then relube will keep it clean.

Quote:
> Are the cheapy fenders like Nashbar sells worth the $ and time to install
> them?  I think it's going to be a wet spring here...

I have tried both Zefal and Planet Bike fenders. I like the Planet Bike
fender much better. Fenders are one of the great additions to your bike,
especially if you value staying dry and keeping the grit off you and your
bike. Keep in mind that fenders will further limit the size of tire you can
put on your bike.

Good luck!
-Buck

 
 
 

newbie needs help w/ tires, seats, and other fun stuff

Post by kyjel » Wed, 19 Mar 2003 00:45:56

Quote:
> Check to see how much clearance you have between tire and frame. That will
> tell you how much bigger a tire you can put on. By the way, the PSI rating
> on the side of the tire is a *maximum*. You can always lower  the pressure a
> bit to get a smoother ride.

Are there any guidelines here?  How do I determine what size tire is a
maximum when I measure the clearance?

Quote:

> > Second, I need one of those seats that won't make my weewee go numb,
>  what's
> > good there?  My local shops seem to have a very poor selection.  I've
>  heard
> > the Terry Liberator mentioned before, is this a good option?  FWIW, I've
>  got
> > kind of a wide ass.

> Numbness is often a problem with saddle position. Too high, too low, too far
> forward, too far back, but most importantly, wrong tilt....

I have adjusted the seat to get about as good as it gets, but still
have problems, though not as bad as before.  Any small adjustment I
make to the seat seems to make me uncomfortable in other ways and
doesn't help the numbness.

 
 
 

newbie needs help w/ tires, seats, and other fun stuff

Post by Buck » Wed, 19 Mar 2003 01:02:08


Quote:
> > Check to see how much clearance you have between tire and frame. That
will
> > tell you how much bigger a tire you can put on. By the way, the PSI
rating
> > on the side of the tire is a *maximum*. You can always lower  the
pressure a
> > bit to get a smoother ride.

> Are there any guidelines here?  How do I determine what size tire is a
> maximum when I measure the clearance?

I defer to one of the cycling gurus:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

Quote:
> > Numbness is often a problem with saddle position. Too high, too low, too
far
> > forward, too far back, but most importantly, wrong tilt....

> I have adjusted the seat to get about as good as it gets, but still
> have problems, though not as bad as before.  Any small adjustment I
> make to the seat seems to make me uncomfortable in other ways and
> doesn't help the numbness.

Again, the guru speaks:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

-Buck