So now I have put a few miles on my bike since changing a couple of things and I am quite happy with it. It goes faster now and is easier to pedal, but slightly less comfortable because I am leaning over more. Some of the changes are:
From MTB wheels to 700x32c wheels on Velocity Deep-V rims (36 spokes)
From riser handlebars to almost flat handlebars
Added a computer that has a cadence reading
Removed a few spacers from under the stem
I have to get used to this new riding position of being bent over more. As I lose more of my gut, I will remove even more spacers and add drop bars.
After hitting a few good sized potholes, I have determined that these rims are stronger then the machine-built mountain bike wheels that they replaced! I cannot believe it, but it's true. I don't really care for the rougher ride, but the faster speeds and easier peddling more then make up for it.
For the first time in my life, I am peddling at a faster and consistant cadence. I was always a masher. It seems that I can ride farther now.
I am learning to ride a bike all over again! Go figure.
The before and after bike pics are at the link below.
Matty in Brooklyn