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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    Index shifting has been around for over twenty years now. Reaching down to your down tube and having just the right touch to move from one gear to another was a real art back in the day.
    More like 30 years. I so remember how guys in the peloton complained about index shifting because other riders could hear that you were changing gears and also tell how many you had changed!
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OceanBlue View Post
    Did my daily 20 miler. After spending a hour and a half in the bike shop I got my bike refitted. The owner of the LBS also watched me ride and told me some things. These last eight weeks I've been riding a good bit of the time in the hardest gear. Had no idea you were not supposed to because it felt fine to me. He changed the aero-bars to a position that is now much more comfortable. My back still bothered me some but not as bas as yesterday. The pain today could be from yesterday.
    There aren't too many bike shops that have real fitting pros. Glad you found one that works for you. It's interesting to see what a difference a lighter gear and higher cadence can do. I'm more used to grinding it out on a mountain bike, so when I go to a road bike and switch to a higher cadence, it feels a little strange for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    More like 30 years. I so remember how guys in the peloton complained about index shifting because other riders could hear that you were changing gears and also tell how many you had changed!
    When we're going up a long grade, I'll occasionally upshift 2-3 gears as I rise out of the pedals for an extra push. Mrs. PAC hates that sound as she thinks/knows I'm about to throw down and break away, although she quickly answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    How tall are you, and what size frame are you riding now? How tall is your seat post? Want to post a pic of it and maybe of you on it?
    I'm about 5 foot 9 and a half and I'm riding a 54 and the bike I looked at was a 52 but it was a bad fit.

    Not related to biking but my son, a soon to be freshmen at BYU, was assigned to the Provo YSA 50th ward. It is hitting home that he is leaving in a month. From the barrier islands of North Carolina to Provo Utah. Culture shock ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OceanBlue View Post
    I'm about 5 foot 9 and a half and I'm riding a 54 and the bike I looked at was a 52 but it was a bad fit.

    Not related to biking but my son, a soon to be freshmen at BYU, was assigned to the Provo YSA 50th ward. It is hitting home that he is leaving in a month. From the barrier islands of North Carolina to Provo Utah. Culture shock ?
    I'm only an inch or so taller, and I'm riding a 54. Just think, though, my first road bike was a 59. Talk about stretched out. A more relaxed riding position is much better for me.

    If you send your son's contact info, we might have to see about inviting him over for brisket or something from the smoker. How's that for culture shock?

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    That's really very nice of you and I'll run it by him and send something your way as the time gets closer. Much appreciated. The selecting of bishoprics in Provo for students must be a huge undertaking. I'm pretty sure his email said the Bishop is a U guy. Should be interesting.

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    16 miles today as it was storming and I snuck a ride in before the weather got too bad. Bought my wife an entry level Cannondale today. Hopefully we can do some riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OceanBlue View Post
    16 miles today as it was storming and I snuck a ride in before the weather got too bad. Bought my wife an entry level Cannondale today. Hopefully we can do some riding.
    Nice! My wife started with a Cannondale, and it served her well. Now you'll have to teach her how to draft so she doesn't get frustrated with the headwinds.

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    20 miler. Pretty nice ride against wind on the way out and 20 plus mph on the way back. I want a bike as light as my wife's new bike.

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