Found a beautiful 14/22 mile route here along the Columbia River in the tricities, and I absolutely love riding it, but I'm wondering what I'm lacking to go faster?
The bike I have is a 2006 Raleigh Mojave 2.0 21 spd mtb. The lbs fit the frame to my shortish size. The 14 mile portion of it takes me exactly 1 hour to run, so I'm getting 14mph (I'm really good at math, see!) The ride is mostly flat, and I find myself most of the time in 3-6 or 3-7. 3-6 has the cadence I like, but not the speed, and 3-7 is faster but at a lower but still doable cadence. I feel like I've basically topped out my bike. Are there any improvements I can make to my bike to make it go faster? I did get some new tires from my lbs, but they max out at like 60 or 65 psi.
I was going to go get one of the tires to get all the details on it, but the bike is in the back of my wife's van, and she's at work! I'll update this thread in an hour or so when she gets home with my bike. The tires are on the stock rims, and are roughly the same size as the knobies that came with the bike, but have a smooth section of tread about 1" to 1 1/2" wide down the center.
So what's holding me back? I'd like to try to get up to AT LEAST 18mph, with room to spare. Can I accomplish this with better wheels? Or do I need to bite the bullet, and get some type of road bike.
Thanks for all the help!