Still can't climb
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
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Terrible ride...what's the cause
I was so excited about my newly upgraded bike and I hadn't ridden for a week as last weekends ride was set aside for wrenching and fine-tuning my new components. I thought it would be a huge leap forward but as soon as I started the ride I knew all was not well.
The bike felt like a brick. The ride was terribly harsh; I felt every little bump and the rough sections felt like I was riding a pneumatic drill. Roads I thought was good from previous rides felt like rough trails. My backside hurt like hell after 20 miles and I hadn't had such bad bum pain since the first time I got on a bike. My hands and wrist hurt which it never did before. My lower back ached so badly I had to stop and lie on my back several times.
The changes I made was 7 speed to 10 speed cassette/chain. Downtube to STI. These wouldn't have caused the discomfort. Chain dropped 3 times and may be caused by the excessive bouncing.
I also changed both wheels, new tyres, new bar tape, increased tyre pressure from 115 to 120 psi. I suspect these ruined the ride quality. Which one will be the biggest cause?
To cap it all I forgot my food and ended up chasing an ice cream van for 5 miles without catching it. Then it rained. Sigh. Hope you enjoyed your weekend ride!