I talked to Inside Out Sports James about it for a couple of weeks. Basically picking his brain about several things. I sent him my side view pic from Rev3 South Carolina, and he agreed there definitely was some work that could be done. We setup a time for me to come in and made sure it didn't interfere with his training (that's a joke).
|Flipped the Stem|
|Close Up View of the Stem|
|Removed the Cap|
Then we tried a few different saddles. James thought the issue with the numbness in my toes is mostly due to some blood flow restriction from my stock saddle. I have the same saddle that came with the bike 3 years ago. I don't really have any uncomfortableness, but the toe thing is pretty annoying (and can be painful most of the times).
James definitely turned a lot of allen keys:
So here is the final side by side start to finish comparison:
It may not seem like a lot, but these changes will (hopefully) translate to minutes of savings over 112 miles. And that's really what it is all about.
We definitely have some serious DROP:
We also talked about crank length. I'm looking at getting new cranks in January, so that's a good time to check out a different length. James thought I could go down to a 165mm. I'm at 172.5 now, but just because that is what came with the bike. We spent about an hour and 45 minutes going through everything (before we just started talking about next year's races).
I rode 40 miles on Saturday and it felt pretty good. I could feel a little soreness in the back of my neck, having to look up more to see down the road. My shoulders and arms were fine. My toe numbness was better, but not completely gone. It all definitely feels like things I can get used to rather quickly.
So watch out. Green Lightning just got a little bit faster!