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Cruise

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I’m a PMBI coach. If you need some set up tips I’d be happy to help. I’m in the PNW and I’d be happy to help in person with riding tips. I highly advise a coaching session just because riding has almost completely changed since you last were riding.


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Thanks for the offer! I appreciate it greatly. A friend of mine from college happens to own the local bike shop (where I bought my new bike), so he's also offered to help me out when able. Although he banged up his knee last fall and hasn't been able to ride since.

One thing that's perplexing me right now is the pedal setup. I've been using clipless pedals for decades (Speedplay Frogs). Now my buddy has convinced me to try flats on the new bike. I'm open and am going to try them...but I'm just having a tough time wrapping my head around it. Been trying to do as much reading about the differences between the two as possible before my bike is ready.

Also, as a side note. I'm supposed to be on vacation RIGHT NOW in the PNW! Grrrrr
 

jtrain609

Uniting the black vote.
Thanks for the offer! I appreciate it greatly. A friend of mine from college happens to own the local bike shop (where I bought my new bike), so he's also offered to help me out when able. Although he banged up his knee last fall and hasn't been able to ride since.

One thing that's perplexing me right now is the pedal setup. I've been using clipless pedals for decades (Speedplay Frogs). Now my buddy has convinced me to try flats on the new bike. I'm open and am going to try them...but I'm just having a tough time wrapping my head around it. Been trying to do as much reading about the differences between the two as possible before my bike is ready.

Also, as a side note. I'm supposed to be on vacation RIGHT NOW in the PNW! Grrrrr
Your buddy is out of his mind.
 

BEEF SUPREME

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I made the switch in 2008 when I started racing DH. It’s been a while since I made the change but with a purpose made shoes flats really are a lot better for control.

The best pedal for the price is probably the Race Face Chester. Usually you can find them for 50-60 bucks. Ride Concepts makes a good shoe that I have not tried but the 5.10 Freeride is my go to shoe. The soft soles of the shoes are critically important. If you don’t use a purpose made shoe there is no point in switching to flats.

Flats allow my feet to come forward climbing and rearward for DH. I can twist my hips and weight the outside foot in corners. Body position is critically important to keep both tires evenly weighted. Flats are really key for your body position. This is really important with a new bike since most bikes now have forward geometry. You want to keep the front wheel weighted. No more keep your butt back.

I did lose a little bit of power for climbing yes. It slowly came back as my body adopted the new position and feel of the flats. It takes time. If you’re going to give it a shot. Give it the whole summer or more.

Also get a lesson from a PMBI coach. You won’t regret it.



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Cruise

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Day 1 in the books on the new bike. Had a blast; although the pedals (Stamp 7) are definitely going to take a little time to get used to considering I haven't ridden with platforms in a veeerry long time. I went with the 5.10 Freerider shoes to help with the transition. They're incredibly grippy on the pedals, it's nice. Although, I found it a bit challenging to get my foot positioned consistently. I'll probably split time between my Frog and the Crank 7's once I get settled in a bit more. All in all, the day went well.


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bike21

9-5 Ruins Lives
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Got out of the SWorks game and into entirely made in the USA Allied family.
That's a sweet ride, how are you liking the eTap? Like American made carbon, not much of it around. These guys also do it, I have an aluminum frame but their carbon gets rave reviews.

 

USMC-SSGT

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Etap is great. Have always been dura ace di2 and was a little concerned. Had heard people say etap shifted too slow for them. I haven’t found that to be a concern at all so far. Pretty intuitive too as far as getting used to it. I will say though, I miss the secret dura ace button. On the hoods was a hidden button you could program. I used it to change screens on my gps. Sram doesn’t have that.
 
I know I posted this in the quarantine activities thread, but I put my bike through it’s paces this morning on a short ride and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it so far. It was a blast! I put a 36t chain ring on the front and in the first two gears using the thumb throttle will lift the front tire! It’s got great low end torque, but pretty low top speed, which is fine because I built it to bike on snow. Top speed I got with the highest assist level going downhill was 25mph. The project itself wasn’t too difficult, I think about anyone could do it. It’s not quite like riding a dirt bike, not that I have much dirt bike riding experience. Blipping the throttle gives a nice burst of torque, but fades out quickly. Also I noticed it only gives as much speed as the pedal assist is set to, so if it’s set to 1 the torque peters out more quickly than when it’s on a higher setting. Now I need to get the Bluto fork on that came with it, then it will really eat up the dirt trails!
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