At some point the eyeballing the handle bar and front hub will not work. Generally - a person who does not want to ride aggressive (always riding in a upright position). For those that ride a bike that is equipped with drop bars - there are 3 hand positions 1. On the top (flat part of bars) 2. On the brake hoods 3. On the drops I use as a guideline - The handle bar should hide part of or all of the front hub with 2 of the 3 hand positions. You will not have the hub covered in all the positions. Been fitting myself and others by doing this method for 20 plus years.
Gary Smith TLC for Bikes http://www.tlc4bikes.com Raleigh NC 27614 Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
-----Original Message----- From: paccoastcycles <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:10:43 To: <email@example.com> Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: [CR] Eyeballing the handlebars w/front hub
I do the test from the hooks.
Vista, California USA
> It's surely too simple to cover a broad range of cases but I've found
> that even though I have never used it as a guide, when I've got my
> bikes set up just the way I prefer, it happens that it perfectly
> describes where my bar ends up. So if it isn't universal- which it
> can't realistically be- it certainly works for me.
> I'd forgot about that "rule" and hadn't heard it in decades.
> Kurt Sperry
> Bellingham, Washington
> On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 8:55 PM, Bill Gibson <email@example.com>
>> Tops of the bars. But, some say the rule has no universal basis in a good
>> fit. The research published in Bicycle Quarterly the past few years sheds
>> light on the matter for me. Depends on whether the bike is designed to
>> or carry a load in the rear or the front. But it worked really well on my
>> early 70's Falcon, branded an Eddy Merkyx 531 db bike, which I used for
>> everything. It had a GB stem and handlebars with the engraved outline of
>> UK near the stem...and eyelets on the back dropouts, so it wasn't just
>> racing. And, it was orange.
>> Bill Gibson, Tempe, Arizona, USA, thinking about a ride...