Fifty Plus (50+) - Finally got the new Bikes
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WOW what a difference, We finally picked up the new Specialized Crosstrail Elites today, Mine in a 53 frame and the wife in a 49 frame, We went on a 20 mile ride as soon as we got home. Rode the exact same route we rode last sunday with our Xmart Schwinns, I can not believe the difference in the bikes. It is major, Last week we had an 8.9MPH aveage, and I was healthy that day, Today we completed the ride with a 10.9 MPH average adn I am riding with an ankle brace on since I incurred a severe sprain of my right ankle Wednesday at work.
We really love the ease of pedaling and shifting, the bikes are much more comfortable and so smooth riding, I know they are not 8500 dollar road bikes but after the Xmart schwinns they sure feel like it.
I will post some pictures as soon as I get some.
09-20-08, 02:24 PM
Many of us started on basic bikes and then progressed upwards. The first bike I had was not suitable for anything other than long flat roads where I could get up to 10mph and hold that speed. May have been me but that bike proved that cycling was for me. 18 years later and the bikes have changed- but the joy of riding hasn't.
09-20-08, 02:34 PM
Congratulations on the new bikes!
I also started on a department store bike and couldn't imagine the difference when I bought my Giant hybrid years ago. Enjoy the new bikes:)
thank you we are enjoying them
09-20-08, 07:12 PM
Yeah, it's quite the awakening isn't it.
Congrats on the new "family" members...
Here's wishing you many happy miles together on your new bikes!
09-20-08, 07:49 PM
Congratulations on the new bikes and on the increased performance level without increased exertion. That is ALWAYS a welcome surprise!
09-20-08, 08:14 PM
congrats. i, too, started on an xmart schwinn and then moved up to my Raleigh and my Giant. the fun just never stops.
i wish you many happy miles.
09-20-08, 11:10 PM
Looking forward to the pictures. Be sure to include your garage door and the wife.
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