Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Topanga, but I'm not a hippy
Bikes: IF Club Racer, Bike Friday Pocket Rocket
I don't know much about Raleigh, but with all the extras they're throwing in, I can see why they wouldn't want to throw another bone with the wheels. Having two sets of wheels is a good thing though. I hate missing rides for mechanical problems.
Another thing I'd think about is the brakes. I've got tektro's on my beater bike, and they aren't the best brakes out there. It might be the adjustment, pads or something else, but I've got cantilever's on my normal ride, and they have much more stopping power.
Good luck with the ride and fundraising. I'm signed up for the Solvang, CA ride which is in 3 weeks, d'oh! The 75 mile training ride yesterday put a nice hurting on me