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GCN on How to Make Your Bike Look Pro


October 2016

I’ve got four of the five (and I am flexible enough to be comfortable riding as my bike as set up):


Sadly, those $3,000 wheels are simply too much damage on the budget.  Now, technically you may note that I could actually drop my stem another 5 mm.  I tried it, it was just too much to get comfortable with, so where it is it will stay.

As far as my two cents go, having a bike the looks “pro” ranks right up there with… well, a bunch of other $#!+ that doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that we’ve got a bike that we’re happy to ride…. well, in all fairness, let’s just skip the extremes, eh?

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  1. Ian says:

    Gotta love GCN!

  2. fitnessgrad says:

    I thought the only way to make a bike look pro was to have a pro riding it! lmao


    • bgddyjim says:

      Oh, no! My brother tried to ride my bike around a cul de sac and darn near died. Looking pro is easy. Expensive but easy. Riding pro, now that’s hard!

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Oh goodness :/
        Well I have learned something fairly new, never ride Jim’s bike around a cul de sac lol.

      • bgddyjim says:

        They’re not as easy as a beach cruiser. He expected to just hop on and ride it like his mountain bike when he was a kid.

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Oh okay! so they don’t work the same, see I wouldn’t have known that because I had a mountain bike too but wouldn’t have thought bikes all work that much differently.

      • bgddyjim says:

        It’s the high saddle and low handlebars. It throws off the whole feeling. Add to that, he was expecting a 30 pound bike and my Venge weighs just over half that, he was all over the place… looked like he was just learning to ride.

        Race bikes are like coffee. An acquired taste.

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Hmm, very interesting. Yeah a high seat would throw me off as well. I think I would feel uncomfortable. Do you have a hard time riding other bikes since you are used to race bikes?

      • bgddyjim says:

        Not at all. I have a mountain bike too, but I have that one set up with the handlebar set just below the saddle too, though not near as much.

        The trick was getting used to riding with the bar that low. It took almost two years spanning two road bikes to finally get comfortable with it.

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Really? that long? wow! yeah that is much like learning to ride a bike! Do you ride your mountain bike as often? I love mountain bikes, something about them look very cool in my opinion.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yeah, it took a while, but I’m not 30 anymore, either. I lowered my handlebar a little bit and got used to that, then a little more, and a little more. If I’d have done it all at once I probably would have ended up injured. I don’t ride the mountain bike as much as the road bikes… too slow. In the winter we ride them quite a bit though.

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Yeah they do well in the winter time! too slow? LOL. They felt fast when I was a spring chicken! haha. Guess things have changed or fast isn’t what it used to be! lmao

  3. bonnev659 says:

    I was looking at new wheels and a few us made wheels that is light

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