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    Pallas,

    Might have been mentioned already, but I just noticed there's a Trek that comes with 26" wheels (559mm), i.e. basically the "conversion" I was suggesting as a possibility for Diamondback. This looks pretty good:

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/road-bikes/performance-race-bikes/krx/krx/p/1592000-2016

    Appears to be in stock and on sale at Trek Bike Superstore (but of course, best to call ahead):

    http://www.trekbicyclesuperstore.com/product/trek-krx-kids-213330-1.htm

    Also noticed in their ad that they offer free Guru bike sizing...so worth a visit to the store!
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2016 edited
     
    Sold.

    How can I remove a post?
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2016
     
    batmick:Selling a brand new, in the box, Shutter Precision PD-8X dynamo hub. 32 holes, 6 hole disk compatible, 100mm.

    Dibbs! If is still available, that is. I've messaged my email. Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2016
     
    Pallas,

    Give us an update on your bike shopping. We're curious.

    John
    • CommentAuthorpallas
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2016
     
    John,

    Thanks for your continued interest in my bike shopping saga! I took a break from my bike search due to work (also, I'll admit, it's been a bit frustrating). But I've visited two bike shops recently:

    1. Trek Bike Superstore. I test rode a 44cm Silque S which was suggested by the Guru fitting. Standover wasn't an issue for once due to the sloping top tube, but it still felt a little unwieldy. However, I only test rode it for about ten minutes (at this store, when you go on a test ride you exit from the back of the store, and an employee has to wait outside for you to let you back in--it didn't feel like longer test rides were encouraged, and in any case I didn't feel comfortable handling a new bike on the autocentric streets of Kearney Mesa). According to the employee who was working with me, it looked like the bike was a good fit for me.

    After a bit of cajoling, I managed to get the bike shop employee to set up the Trek KRX for a test ride, as you suggested. According to the same employee it was much too small for me--he was pretty adamant about this. Apparently it was making me lean forward far too much, putting my arms at a suboptimal angle. I didn't notice this, but again I have no idea what a good fit on a road bike should feel like. The handling felt a bit better on the KRX than the Silque but I only had a short test ride on the KRX as well.

    The employee lost some credibility with me when I mentioned that smaller wheels might be more appropriate for me. He basically told me that 700c wheels were inherently better--there was some questionable physics here, if I recall correctly--and didn't consider the design compromises that this might entail for a short rider. If nothing else, during this process I've become much more convinced that smaller wheels may be better for me, from what you guys have told me and what I've read.

    Also, after test riding various bikes I've realized I need to pay more attention to handlebars/brake levers. I've disliked everything I've tried, and I especially hated this on the KRX, actually--I had a lot of trouble braking with my hands on the hoods, so riding the bike felt really unsafe. I was hoping that since it was a kid's bike the levers would be easier to reach, but that wasn't the case. I still think the issue here is the size of my hands, not drop bars (as opposed to flat bars or other handlebars).

    2. Moment Bicycles. I popped in today to ask some questions about their bike fittings and see whether they had bikes in my size. They seemed to think that they did, e.g. the Felt ZW5 or one of the Liv Avails. They were also dismissive about the benefits of 650c wheels, when I mentioned that as a possibility. I've been bringing this up at bike shops as a way of trying gauge (however imperfectly) how much experience they've had with short riders, and I've been a bit unimpressed with the responses. I'm still thinking of scheduling a bike fit with them, but I'm definitely on the fence about it.

    To bring up custom bikes again: I've been reading about Rodriguez Bicycles and looking in particular at their Rainier model. They're based in Seattle and seem well regarded, although they're not too well known. Has anyone heard of them?
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2016
     
    Pallas,

    Cody Stevenson at Holland Cycles is an expert fitter who puts people on custom bikes or helps them find a production model that will work. He has also been the fit columnist for Road Bike Action magazine and is the choice of a lot of experienced cyclists in town. He has solved problems for other vertically challenged riders. I highly recommend you make an appointment with him. You get what you pay for - floor people in many shops are either inexperienced or full of shit regarding fit. Cody will keep working with you until it's right.

    Asking questions online about various production bikes won't get you anywhere. Even if anyone has heard of these bikes, they don't have your body or needs. Also, it's like asking for medical advice on the internet. We're mostly not doctors and have no idea what we are talking about. Pay an expert and get it right.
    • CommentAuthorpallas
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2016
     
    Paul,

    Thanks for the advice. I'm definitely leaning towards getting a bike fitting, just trying to decide on where to get it done.

    I didn't look at Holland Cycles too seriously the first time they were suggested to me since their bikes are out of my price range, but I'm taking a second look now. I'll pay them a visit later this week to ask questions. My main concern is that I know I don't fit the profile of their typical clients (as I'm fairly inexperienced, primarily focused on making my longish commute more efficient and comfortable, not willing to spend more than $3000 for a complete bike, etc.).
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2016
     
    Hi Pallas,

    Thanks for the update. I partially agree with Paul, but speaking as someone who has a hard time trusting experts, I do think it's worth doing your own research, even if you end up seeking the help of an expert. They will all have their own biases, so in effect you need to make a decision about what is important to you before relying on the expert to get the details right. I think Paul is absolutely right that most floor people are inexperienced or full of shit--or simply compromised by their desire to sell you a bike (that they have in stock).

    Having said that, I think it's quite possible that the KRX was actually too small for you. This signals to me that a 650c bike could be right for you.

    Rodriquez bikes: they're well-known and have been around for years. They have been advocates for proper fit for small women as well, e.g.:

    http://www.rodbikes.com/articles/650-vs-700.html

    If you want a custom or near-custom bike that fits you, I think Rodriquez would be a good choice (though not the only choice). You might be able to find a bike in Southern California to test ride:

    http://www.petitebikefit.com/why-you-should-test-ride-a-rodriguez/

    You said you didn't feel comfortable on either of the two bikes you rode at Trek Bike Superstore. It is possible to customize stems, bars, and brake lever reach to help you feel comfortable (at a price, of course). But I think you owe it to yourself to find a decent flat-bar bike of some sort that fits you and try that out. It might be that you're more of a flat bar rider than a drop bar rider, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2016
     
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2016
     
    Sigurd:Cavendish is tired and quits the TdF.

    Good riddance.


    You think Kristoff can win a stage now?
  2.  
    Typically you can get back-of-the-knee pain when the saddle is too high. I guess it could extend to the hamstrings? When you go back for the bike fit, you might want to pay attention to crank length. Your new Felt has 165 mm cranks according to the ad, which is pretty appropriate for that size bike. But if your legs are really short, you might want even shorter cranks---these are harder to find but not impossible. Easiest option is to try to get used to the cranks and taller saddle, certainly. And maybe stretch your hamstrings after you get warmed up.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2016
     
    I'm considering getting a squishy fork for my rigid mountain bike.
    It's a Marin Pine Mountain 1.

    Looking for a good 29er fork with 9mmQR/100 spacing. Tapered steerer.

    Cheers,
    Ted
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2016
     
    t.e.d:
    Looking for a good 29er fork with 9mmQR/100 spacing. Tapered steerer.


    Most second hand tapered forks will probably be thru-axle and not 9mm QR so it would be worth checking if the end caps on your hubs can be changed out for a 15mm axle, which would open up possibilities beyond QR forks.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2016 edited
     
    One bike in. One bike out. The bike had a Brooks B67s but replaced with a gel comfort saddle. Classic Mixte with Electra Ticino swept back bars. Japanese frameset made for CCM in Canada circa in the 70s.

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5744138898.html
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2016
     
    JSnook:
    t.e.d:
    Looking for a good 29er fork with 9mmQR/100 spacing. Tapered steerer.


    Most second hand tapered forks will probably be thru-axle and not 9mm QR so it would be worth checking if the end caps on your hubs can be changed out for a 15mm axle, which would open up possibilities beyond QR forks.


    You can also use a non-tapered fork if you swap out the lower part of your headset.

    https://www.canecreek.com/headset-fit-finder
  3.  
    Lightly used Nitto Albatross for sale

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5763433614.html
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
     
    If anyone is still looking for a value priced 650c road bike for shorter riders, this REI Novara Carema 2A 650 looks pretty well spec'ed (Aluminum frame, Carbon fork, 50/34 Compact, Shimano 11-28 11 SPD, 650c wheels, mechanical disk brakes, free shipping to store, on sale for under $500) and is available on-line from REI:
    https://www.rei.com/product/888333/novara-carema-2a-650-bike-2016
    With a frame size (Seat-tube center-top) of 16.5 in. and a standover height of 27.7 in., the Carema 2A 650 is suited for smaller riders around 5 ft. tall.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
     
    Good find GTB! This looks like a nicely-spec'd bike and seems to be a great deal. Pallas did find a used 650C bike a couple of months back. I don't know if she's still on the forum.
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    Shady,

    Oh man, you set my imagination wild. I'm a fool for surfing Craig's List and found a number of bikes that would do well at the Concours d’Elegance at Eroica California.
    Here's a short list of the many, many I've recorded.
    EDITED to remove bikes greater than $400. Sorry, I lose my mind sometimes...
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    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5800741037.html
    Bianchi Vintage

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    Vintage Juventus Italian Campagnolo Racer
    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5789647600.html

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    Maserati road bike
    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5792828137.html

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    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5750599065.html
    Bertoni

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    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5747300985.html
    1959 Swiss bike 10 speed road bike.
    Vintage Museum Italian built frame

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    1974 Motobecane Grand Jubile
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/bik/5795702805.html

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    1973 Lejeune
    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/5783888135.html
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2016 edited
     
    Selling my Niner Ros 9 Plus. It's a medium and has the upgraded Hugos that don't ding. I'll throw in the custom frame pack. Super fun bike but I'm moving on to other adventures. Get it and Roll Over Shit (plus.) $1400.

    • CommentAuthorjmazur
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2016
     
    Barely used Corsa Clover folding bike for sale:

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/5801422560.html
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2016 edited
     
    Anyone have a tapered 29er QR axle suspension fork in decent shape?

    Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2016
     
    t.e.d
    Maybe check out the X-Fusion Slide. Air spring similar to Faux Racing but much more realistically priced. I believe they still make 29'er QR or may have a stash of New Old Stock QR available for aftermarket. Can probably purchase new for about the cost of used glam kit. I think they are/were located in the same cannery as Santa Cruz Bikes / Swobo, sponsor some pretty big names and seem to know their business.
    -GTB
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2016
     
    Thanks, GTB!
    I looked around online and CR has them for around $500, which is around what Jenson sells Fox and RockShox for. Have you tried the X-Fusion?
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    t.e.d. No useful ride experience to report. -GTB
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2016 edited
     
    I swapped headlights on my commuter and now have for sale an Axa Luxx70 Plus Steady light for dynamo hub.

    Specs can be found here: http://www.axasecurity.com/bike-security/en-gb/products/lights/front-dynamo/axa-luxx70-plus-steady-auto/

    This light is great for everyday commuting with low speed and high speed change in pattern. It also has a USB port for charging your devices while riding (only when not using the light).

    Works great but I wanted something a tad brighter for parts of my commute that are pitch black.

    Asking $50


    SOLD
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2016
     
    t.e.d:Thanks, GTB!
    I looked around online and CR has them for around $500, which is around what Jenson sells Fox and RockShox for. Have you tried the X-Fusion?


    I have worked on my friend's bike that has x-fusion suspension and ridden his bike a little. They seem like a solid lower-cost option. Usually in my experience x-fusion shocks were a little heavier and shorter on adjustments than their Rockshox or Fox counterparts. So, if you have the money may as well go RS or Fox....
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2016 edited
     
    If you are doing your wrenching on suspensions at a LBS, this master tech clinic from UBI might be interesting...
    http://www.bikeschool.com/classes/mechanic-classes/continuing-education-seminars
    AMTRAK has stops in both Ashland and Portland, PDX has both bike and light rail access, and of course, Adventure Cycling has routes that may be the greatest option. Just be sure to come back.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2016 edited
     
    Perfect for your vintage bike collection. We've been riding sprung Brooks saddles and so these were stored in my special leather saddle tote bin in the garage.

    Brooks B68 $80
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5881668879.html


    Brooks B17 $80
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5882319501.html


    Cardiff Suede Mercia leather saddle (looks similar to Brooks B17, softer and more comfortable for very long rides) $80
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5881576997.html
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2016
     
    Looking for a cross-bar rack adaptor to hang a step-thru frame on a trunk rack.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2016
     
    Missed the B68. Would have swapped out the B67 on the Brompton for that. Seat Springs are redundant on that bike.
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    I was saving this wheelset for a vintage Nishiki International project but never got around to building it. I have an 8 speed SRAM cogset on the rear hub for demo and is not included.

    This wheelset will be ideal for touring, commuting, gravel riding, pot hole hopping, cyclocross
    Brand new Hutchinson 700x28C tires
    SHIMANO ULTEGRA FRONT HUB and Quick Release levers with double wall rim
    Shimano generic rear hub (135 mm) with WTB rims with double wall rim
    Both rims can take up to 37 mm tires just make sure your frame and for have enough clearance

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5939106709.html

    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2017
     
    Looking to sell my MTB/Bikepacker rig.

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/bik/5927164358.html

    Cheers!
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2017
     
    t.e.d:Looking to sell my MTB/Bikepacker rig.

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/bik/5927164358.html

    Cheers!


    Perfect camping rig if it fits! Good luck.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2017
     
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    Selling wheelset for gravel, cyclocross, touring, commuting - $120

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bop/5977764686.html

    This 700c Wheelset has about 200 miles. It is my spare wheelset that came off of my Surly CrossCheck. I switched to single speed for simplicity.

    Items listed below retailed for $400. Asking price of $120. My loss your gain.

    Shimano Deore front and rear hubs. Alexrims double wall rims 18 mm wide
    New In Box SRAM 8 speed cassette 12x26

    TIRES and INNER TUBES not included.

    Perfect for commuting, touring, cyclocross, gravel riding, light off-roading, underbiking.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2017
     
    Selling some Tires (brand new!). I bought these in 2014 (?) to put on a mountain bike to make it more beneficial for the road-commuting I was doing at the time. I never put them on the wheels and they have been sitting in the garage, out of sun and extreme temperatures for the last few years. I paid $40 for each tire, but I'll sell them both to a forum member for $40 for the set. Let me know!

    tyler DOT huff AT gmail.com

    https://goo.gl/photos/XP6Stv941X9Zskp78
    • CommentAuthorrandomjive
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017
     
    Does anyone know where I can buy the "allowed full use of lane stickers? I want to put one on the back of my kids' seat on my bike. Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017
     
    randomjive:Does anyone know where I can buy the "allowed full use of lane stickers?
    Like these?
    • CommentAuthorrandomjive
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017
     
    Thank you, sir!!!

    Sigurd:
    randomjive:Does anyone know where I can buy the "allowed full use of lane stickers?
    Like these?
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2017
     
    Selling my Bridgestone SS commuter. I really like this bike and how it rides. I just don't need 3 bikes.

    https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/6092567833.html
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2017
     
    Someone here should buy this--it has a chain steering wheel!
    https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/6108691257.html
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2017
     
    Helping a friend sell his tri bike.

    Kickass deal for a bike that used to be $10k when new without the second wheelset. I have more pictures if you want, just PM me.

    It is a 2008 Felt DA in size 56. Complete with dimpled Zipp 1080 race wheels and Ritchey WCS Protocol training wheels (both clinchers). All Dura Ace 10sp.



    Asking $2300 for the whole setup.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2017
     
    Relisted the Bridgestone and dropped the price.

    Also, does anyone have a set of VO Porteur bars in black they'd like to sell?

    Thanks!

    https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/6092567833.html
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2017
     
    Selle Anatomica Titanico saddle and matching Bar Tape - $100 OBO

    https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bop/6131275004.html