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Re: [yfoil] Re: New to Bikes and Y-Foil

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  • William Armour
    Jeff, Thanks. The bike arrived Fri nite and I just took it out for the first ride. I am impressed. The bike appears brand new....apprently never ridden except
    Message 1 of 8 , Oct 2, 2005
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      Jeff,
      Thanks. The bike arrived Fri nite and I just took it out for the first ride. I am impressed. The bike appears brand new....apprently never ridden except on a trainer (the front wheel/tire showed NO sign of wear at all...plus the bike is ABSOLUTELY perfect in every regard). Well, there is a slight bubble on one of the decals but I understand that is common w/ Trek stuff.

      It came with full Dura Ace everything...the only exception being the pedals I bought so I could ride it. (Ultegra).

      I appreciate you input....I have an appointment to have the bike properly fitted but even lacking that, it felt pretty comfortable and, compared to the mountain bike I'm used to riding, it is FAST!!

      bill



      Jeff <shopnascar15@...> wrote:
      I am almost 5'-8", and I ride a 56cm. I routinely need a larger bike
      than my height would dictate because of my body configuration. HOWEVER,
      the size of a bike very rarely dictates that it won't fit if you are
      even close to right. Since you can adjust every paramter to some
      extent, you CAN dial them in. If the top tube is a little long,
      shorten the stem; if the seat tube is a little tall, drop the seat. It
      may look a little funny to have a little less seat post exposed, but
      it won't hurt the fit.
      The only real problems to focus on are to ensure that you can properly
      postion the height of the handelbars, and the seat can be positioned
      properly fore and aft to position your knees over the center of the
      pedal.
      Don't let just anyone tell you what fits. Its not very well understood
      by most bike shops. The know a few "keys" to basic fit and very little
      else. I tried for several years to get a good fit and finally resorted
      to educating myself. If you are not of average proportion, I strongly
      encourage you to seek a well-know fit specialist.
      Good luck, the Y-foil is a terrific bike. I rode mine last night for
      the first time in a few years and someone asked me if it was new. They
      were stunned when I told them I more or less retired it about 4 years ago!
      jeff

      --- In yfoil@yahoogroups.com, "crowpass" wrote:
      > I just purchased a 54 cm Y foil (98 model). I am 5' 7" tall and
      > realized that, because of the unconventional configuration, this bike
      > might not even fit me. Any input from other Foilers would be
      > appreciated. It was purchased on e-bay and I have to admit that it was
      > mostly the stunning looks of the thing that prompted me to bid on it.
      > I was actually looking for a more conventional bike to train on.






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