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06-22-09, 10:33 PM
How many of you have had to ride the other bike recently?
Since I bought my road bike, my Trek FX7.2 hybrid has sat quietly on the bike rack. I had to run to a friends house a mile away. I decided to take my 7.2 and exercise it. After pumping up the tires, I was headed down the Braes bike path. I was amazed heavy, slow steering, in general weird this bike now felt. I guess what they say is true, once you go to a road bike you can never go back. I will keep the 7.2 to pull the kids trailer or the trail-a-long, but it was painful ride. Have others had this similar experience?
06-23-09, 06:46 AM
I occasionally will go back to my road bike for a ride with the social group. It feels really nice for a while but I find it hard to make myself lean into turns so much and fly down hills because of the position.
Laying back on my recumbent is just such a different perspective that on the road bike with any downhill I feel like I'm going over the bars.
I actually took my old fuji touring bike with an xtracycle freeradical attachment on it to the wednesday social ride last week. Carried a keg of ice cold water on the thing since it was the first week it was really hot and ended up handing out water to most everyone about 2/3rds through the ride. It was definately a beat down after 20 miles climbing up hills but it was definately fun. I had to be careful on turns because I really can't cut corners or the back end will scrape the ground and I made the mistake of pedaling a few times on corners and clipping the pedal. This morning on my recumbent I felt like I was absolutely flying and cutting up corners at full pace with the 50 watt hammer pedalling furiously at all times even through the tightest turn.
06-24-09, 09:18 AM
When my Cross Check was in for repair, I rode my 80's bike boom Bianchi. It's a bigger frame, so I definitely felt like I had to be more careful on the turns. It reminded me why I keep it around, though, it has such a nice smooth ride. What almost killed me was forgetting that I can't brake from the hoods on that bike (and now I know why they call those "suicide levers";))
06-24-09, 11:46 AM
I decided this morning to my commute on my FX. My average speed went from 15.5 mph to 12.6 mph. Commute time went from 33 min to 40 min. I too forgot where the brake levers were. I appreciate my road bike a little more. But my FX is still better to pull the kids trailer or the tag-a-long. I would have to ride my 90's MTB at this point.
06-27-09, 01:30 AM
I ride my hybrid bike daily as my commuter, as I have to lock it up outside on campus...where there is a chance of it being stolen...the rode bike sits back at my apartment and is used for "long" rides (not commutes)
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