Thank you all for your replies. It is fascinating to hear the different paths people took to get out on the road. Your responses definitely give me some things to think about. Also, Indyfabz, I hope you have found work again.
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First question, are you feeling any pain? Do you need to change something?Hi PD Lamb,
If so, perhaps the place to start would be getting a stem that brings the stock bars up to seat level (if it's lower than that) and perhaps back toward your saddle. The bike shop where you bought it should be able to help with that, or any competent shop can help you check out alternate stems and swap them for you.
You can spend a lot of time and money swapping bars.
I agree it's all about how your bike is set up. However, there is a similar discussion going on over here in UK http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=74356Hi Tony,
plus Sheldon Brown has some good pointers http://sheldonbrown.com/deakins/handlebars.html
Let us know how you get on as I also have LHT and had thought about doing the same.
Neil from Brookline, MA
*I had a professional fitting performed & retain the measurements of the fitter. I am 5'10". The fitter recommends I use a top tube with a length of 55.
**The T1/T2 top tubes are 22/55.9 in length.
I had to go to the 2009 Cannondale archive to find the specs for the Touring bikes. Do they make 2010 Touring bikes? The top tube is 55.9cm horizontal. This is the same size as the current CAAD8 and CAAD10 56cm size frames. So ride one of them in 56cm and you will have about the same size bike as the Touring size Large. Seat tube angle is 73.5 on the CAAD and 73 on the Touring. Close enough. Head angle is different but that just affects steering, not reach.
Personally I think the size Large or 56cm CAAD with a 56cm top tube is the right size for you. The fitter's recommendation of 55cm top tube is short for a 5'10" man. If you are normal proportions of trunk, arms, legs, the 56cm top tube is the right size for you. I am 5'11" and use 57 or 57.5cm top tubes and 12cm stems. Lance Armstrong is 5'10" and used a 58cm Trek with a 57cm top tube and 11cm stem. Granted you are not Lance, but a good fit is fairly uniform. You should be able to ride another 5'10" person's frame in comfort. With a few minor changes such as 1-2cm different stem, 1-2cm more or less stem spacers, 1-2cm saddle forward or back on the rails, saddle up or down 1-2cm. All minor changes easily made that don't affect the handling of the bike. All assuming you have normal body proportions for a 5'10" person. If you have a 36" inseam or 24" inseam, and 5'10", then things are different.
I'd do a dealer search on Cannondale's site. Then, start calling shops. There's no reason to be loyal to your LBS, as they aren't willing to earn your business. If a shop is worthwhile, they'll order it without coercing you into buying it.Hi,
BTW, I bought my last bike from a shop that's 4-1/2hrs away. The "local" shops that carry the brand are worthless, so no reason to patronize them.
I did not get a Trek 520 for a similar reason, a few years back. <rant on>Why, oh why, don't bike shops stock touring bikes?? <rant off>
I don't honestly know what's closest to a T1/2 in Cannondale's lineup. I'd suggest, though, that you might want to negotiate a bit with the shop. I sort of wish I had taken my LBS's best offer, which was that they'd order it with the understanding I would buy it unless they couldn't get it to fit. If you can get that sort of deal, then the onus is on them to make it fit. Really, there's only a few things they can do to correct a fit. (1) Raise or lower the seat. (2) Slide the seat forward or back. (3) Change saddle tilt. (4) Change out the stem. Make dead certain you have a deal with the shop to swap the stem, if that's needed, before you order the bike.
Note that the feel of the bike is going to change when you load it up, so to some degree, you have to pick something you think will be good and adapt to it.
Also, some REIs have carried Cannondale tourers on and off. If there's a few in your neck of the woods, you might want to call around and test ride them if they have them.