After Sea Otter I had a bike fit on my new bikes (Eddie O'dea had fit me on my old bikes and recommended Karl Etzel at Silicon Valley Cycling Center in California). Now I really love my new bikes! I can tell the difference in the fit. I did make a couple tweaks since the fit, the Racer-X is now set up a little more for downhill control and the Fireline is for pure climbing. I have been testing the fits this week and I really feel I have more control now. Thanks Eddie and Karl!
Todd and I found some great shops to help me fix the other issues.
We visited all of the shops in a 50 mile radius and this was by far the best shop. He had all the parts we needed to fix my shifting, plus he loaned us tools, cut my fork, gave us pointers, told us where to ride and helped us work on our bikes well past closing. For the first race this year I didn't have a technical and finished well (11th) at NMBS #3. Thanks Chuck! What was different about this shop is that he really loves riding and helping out customers, you can tell as soon as you walk in.
We also found a great shop in Carmel, CA (close to Sea Otter). And again someone who went out of his way to help us out, Rob was very nice to set up my new road bike. I went in to get the fork cut, but he really knew what he was doing so I didn't stop him when he started fixing everything. I assumed I would not get in a road ride for a while, but Rob set it all up and I was able to ride 17-Mile Drive the same day. That was so very cool, I know they were busy. Thanks Rob and Netty!
Bruises from the NMBS#1 (Fontana) race. No bike fit, weight too far forward, too short of a fork = lots of falling.