Thanks again NSMB and AJ. Absolutely love this series. And Genevieve, congratulations on some awesome choices. Car, bike and dogs all look like a ton of fun.
Nice. Thanks for the responses. I'm always on the lookout for a good shoe.
I'm currently using the Shimano GR9's. They fit really well, and have adequate grip for my first flat pedal shoe in about 8 years. I wonder, how do my Shimanos compare to an RC or a Stealth? These RC's look to be a great next shoe for me.
I'll try to be brief and to the point (not my strong suit). I'm 52, 5'11" with long inseam. Not until the current generation of bikes, have I been able to find a bike with the right reach and STA that makes climbs feel like I'm not hanging off the back, and a reach that let's me descend in the centre of the bike. I've found that to be waaayyyyyy more important than the weight of the bike. Then there's fitness. I heard a pro bike fitter/physiotherapist interview where she said it's not always bike fit (geometry). A lot of people need to take control of their body health and get flexibility into their bodies to relieve the pain of riding. I joined a bootcamp to help rehab my leg break from 2 years ago, and I continue to go because it's 30 minutes out of my day that has really, really helped me do 3-5 hour rides without back pain. Like all things in life, it's not quite as simple as weight vs geo, but for me, I'll take geo over weight all day, every day. Thanks for the article.
I feel the same, I always enjoy an interview with Mr. Porter. You don't have to agree with him, but he definitely gets you wondering if the things you take for truth about bikes, really are.
I'll try to keep from writing a big story, but suffice it to say, this is my favourite column in all the the interweb world that I visit. And, this has been the best entry yet. At first, I thought, ugh, a boring Dakota. But I clicked anyway, and read a great article about another person who loves bikes and cars and has had adventures with both. I too have had a varied vehicle life and find positives in all the experiences. My latest purchase is a Toyota Sienna so that my wife and I can do epic road trips that include a bit of sleeping in a vehicle. It also enables me to do rides and stop at the grocery store in the same run as my bikeshop owning friend sold me some fork mounts that I put inside for interior bike hauling. No more putting bikes on a rack and hoping nobody steals my bike while I grab something from a store. One of my biking buddies came up with the best hastags for the van too: #siennaisthenewtacoma. Read it, learn it, live it. Thanks again for keeping this column going. Love it.
Absolutely loved this article. I fully believe bike sizing and geo are far more important than what type of suspension design a frame utilizes. I remember Dirt Magazine did an interview with Fabien Barel back when he was on Kona and it was all about the experiments with sizing and geo he and his mechanic were doing. If I remember right, they were onto the same conclusions as you, AJ. There is so much more to discuss about the ramifications of mixing ALL the geo numbers on a bike. Reach means nothing without talking about seat angle, chainstay length, stack, etc. It’s a stability pyramid (forklift operation terminology) that is also affected by our body shape and each individual’s ability to move around within it. Great article, and thank you.
I had a 2016 Process 153, not the DL version. While I loved that bike, it too was a bit short on the quality parts, especially the rims. Still, I loved that bike and only sold it due to a broken leg. When it was time to re-up, a new Process was on the shortlist, but the RM Instinct BC had a better parts spec for the similar price range so gave the Instinct the nod. I love this Instinct but still kinda lust for the Process. They are kinda quirky but super fun bikes and would ride one again in an instant.
I'm not a prolific purchaser of bikes, only replacing my 1 ride every 3-5 years, but I'm always keen to see if a new offering might be my next purchase. I love my Instinct BC but mullet bikes have always seemed quite an interesting option for someone who only has 1 bike. The Bronson could just be my next love, LOL. Time will tell.
Thanks NSMB and Matt for showing there are more than heterosexual males and the odd females that love this sport. The world will be a much better place when we openly accept all individuals. That can only happen with more stories like this.
I was lucky enough this past spring to pick up a pair of GR9's at half price. They've had the good grip and fit that you talk about with the GR5 with the added bonus of a great footbed that isn't too flexy. I've done some of my biggest rides ever this year wearing these shoes and finished the rides with no foot pain at all. When I was looking at Shimano shoes, one sales person advised exactly what you've said Cam, that the soles on the GR5 are very flexible and so not suitable for longer rides. Shimano makes great shoes and so it's a matter of whether or not they're the right shoes for your feet. Great insight sir.
I've been riding for enough years to have had a few things interesting parts over the years. I don't keep much now and tend to ride things until they no longer work, or I've sold the bike. But, one thing I only let go of a couple years ago was a 2000 Marzocchi Mr.T fork. Dual crown, 5" travel, spindly legged thing from the days I was learning to drop off stuff. I kept it as a backup until I got to the point where it was never going to be on another bike of mine, and I had nowhere to display it. Sturdy little fork though representing a time of standing around watching friends trying to push their skill levels without dying, LOL.
I fully admit, the reason the XL works for me at 5'11" is because the Rocky's up until this year were sized on the smaller side of the spectrum. I sure like how much more in the bike I feel when on a larger framed bike, so long as the reach doesn't make it weird for me.
There's so much more to fit and bar height than where you ride, in my old opinion. I too ride the Interior and am only 5'11" on an Instict XL. I'v added tons of spacers to make it work for me, but the guy I bought it off of is about 6'4" and he had it slammed with only 1 spacer. It depends on your body shape and also where your body strength comes from. Some people have strong limber backs, some do not. Hope you've found a bar height that's working for you Lu.
This is a very topical story even if you don't want an Answer Protaper. I'm only 5'11" and on my XL Instinct run a ton of spacers to get the bars to an acceptable height. The only question I have is, is it because I'm now over 50, or is it younger people too, who are finding current bars are quite often too low?