Commuting - Road bike for my commute today
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06-09-11, 07:03 PM
Since my road bike doesn't get much use these days I decided to ride it to work today. It always had a rack on it so I just attached the panniers to it and my headlight and off I went. I knocked a full 5 minutes off my commute. I know its not much but instead of riding 13 to 15 mph I was consistently riding 17 and 18 and it felt much easier. Gotta be the weight and gearing. It was really fun and I'm thinking this bike will get a good bit more use this year. The bike in question is a 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2.0 nothing fancy but its always been a real comfy ride. I just started riding the Windsor and didn't bother to change bikes that much. Not earth shattering but I gotta give all my bikes some street time.
06-09-11, 07:10 PM
Sounds like a decent amount of time to me. I am looking for a road bike/commuter/tourer in hopes it will be more road friendly than my mountain bike.
06-09-11, 07:26 PM
I usually shave about 5 minutes off of my commute when I ride my road bike as well. The problem is that I usually need to carry stuff to work, and the commuter bike has a rack (and a removable basket). I don't wish to wear a fully loaded backpack on my 27 mile r/t commute. It is fun to get out the road bike for occasional commuter service.
06-09-11, 07:49 PM
The chainstays on my roadbike are just barely long enough so I don't have heel strike issues. When I took off out of the driveway I thought oh man this thing is kinda twitchy but a half a block and I was hauling butt and it was real stable. Doesn't take the bumps as nicely as my steel framed Windsor but it makes up for it in quick handling and speed.
06-10-11, 08:01 AM
I took my road bike to work yesterday too, and experienced much the same thing. My morning commute was about 5 minutes shorter as I was consistently able to ride 3-5 mph faster than normal.
Then in the late afternoon a huge rain storm rolled through much earlier than the weatherman had predicted, forcing me to ride the road bike home through the pour. At that point I was really wishing I was on my fendered commuter. :lol:
06-10-11, 08:08 AM
I did the same today. Nice n quick.
06-10-11, 08:38 AM
I could have written this. Today, I commuted on my road bike for the first time this year, instead of my mtb with slicks. Trimmed about 5 minutes off the trip.
06-10-11, 06:52 PM
I have a set of Zefal "bikini fenders" that I can quickly strap on my road bike to deal with rainy weather. If I choose to ride my road bike to work and anticipate afternoon rain, I simply throw on the fenders in the morning. With that being said, the full fenders with mud flaps (Planet Bike) on my hybrid do a better job of keeping crud off of my drivetrain, so I usually go for the hybrid when I anticipate poor weather.
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