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  1. Maria
    September 11, 2009

    what a talent…you make nerdy tech things sound really interesting! thanks for sharing about your aero changes. hope they help with the sailboat!

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  2. Lesser is More
    September 11, 2009

    Where’s the fun when you circle the changes between positions for us? I would have preferred playing triathlon themed photo hunt…not quite as good as the naked version, but its still (bike) porn…

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  3. Stuart
    September 11, 2009

    Like you said every little counts, good luck for Sunday!

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  4. Kim
    September 11, 2009

    DC – i recently got fitted on my tri-bike and its a HUGE difference! i actually think you and i were in similiar before pictures. kind of like an “angry cat” with our backs rather than flat tabletops. i also moved my aerobars/pads in closer. you look a lot more aero! good luck!

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  5. Bullet
    September 11, 2009

    I made the exact same changes to my steed this year, but eventually moved most of them back as I started feeling pinched. The biggest problem was not being able to breathe. I was a bit faster over the shorter distance, but for the long haul it was detrimental to my performance. Also, I’ll note, I didn’t have a trained professional helping me so I’m sure there were some errors there. Best of luck this weekend.

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  6. Kelly
    September 11, 2009

    How very specific.

    I don’t know how you IMers can sit in that position for hours. I get tired of leaning over during my short little sprints.

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  7. Eric
    September 11, 2009

    good luck on Sunday hope to see you over there nice pics

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  8. jvanis
    September 12, 2009

    Its amazing how things slip or do not quite go back to normal. I recently did some tweaking on my ‘old’ bike, of about 4 months, my seat kept sliding down and I stripped a junky allen wrench trying to get it tightened down enough to not lose an inch during each ride.

    Am getting ready to put a post up about my bike story and my new baby is on the way! Good luck this weekend and have fun no main street crashes is a good thing!

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  9. Joe V
    September 13, 2009

    I really need to have a proper fit done on my bike. Too late for this year’s race, but maybe this winter.

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  10. Coach Liz
    September 13, 2009

    Yeah, electrical tape is great for a quick fix, but you might find that using a white paint pen does the trick of marking all of your handle bar and seat adjustments as you take it apart and ship it quite often and the paint stays put rather than sliding.

    Also, you may not want to cut off the excess where your spacers are right away. I left some of mine and adjust it up and down from time to time. You will want a more aggressive set-up for your shorter races, but you may want something less aggressive on the IM distance races so that you don’t experience shoulder, neck, or back fatigue. Just throwing that out there. Your coach will know exactly what to do based on your race schedule and goals.

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  11. triguyjt
    September 14, 2009

    very analytical in how you changed that….
    interesting… plus…I love the newheader shot…the lane buoys things… cool.. neat shot.

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  12. Donald
    September 15, 2009

    Lucky for me, you and I have the same kind of bike! I’m filing this post away for future reference, for sure. Thanks.

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  13. Danielle in Iowa
    September 27, 2009

    I would be petrified to saw off the top of the place where the spacers are! You can’t go back!

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  14. Gerard
    January 31, 2013

    Nicely done. If you have the flexibility why not benefit from it? I think I’ll try to gradually get there; one spacer at a time

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  15. Kenny Roberts
    January 8, 2014

    I race a Cervelo P2 and the under-engineered seat post clamp has slipped even at correct torque and using Tacx type carbon assembly paste. I have resorted to glueing a plastic stop block to aero seatpost to stop sliding.

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  16. Robert Chin
    March 27, 2015

    Dunno if you’ve seen this neat little gizmo, a locking spacer that you tighten once everything is stacked. Then you can remove spacers above it without everything getting loose. Quite handy if you’re playing around with stack height.

    link to problemsolversbike.com

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