I picked up my first new to me road bike this past weekend. It is a 2003 Cannondale r2000 si. I paid $700 for it. It is probably worth a little more then that but I'm not sure but it was barely ridden by previous owner and it cleaned up like brand new with one tiny stone chip in the paint on the fork and one even smaller ding in the top tube. It is all ultegra components and a dura ace rear derailleur. I rode it 6 miles on friday night after we had gotten home with it and then I rode it with Neil aka "The Historian" and my wife on Sunday for almost 9 mile and both of those rides I was impressed with how fast it seemed compared to the mountain bike with slicks. I wanted to also make mention that it was nice meeting Neil for the first time, we were going to meet for another ride in Harrisburg but the weather didn't play nicely so he made his way down this way and we went for a nice little ride through Boiling Springs.
The only issue is it is only a double front crank and I commuted with it today. It is about 7 mile one way on the commute and the ride in this morning wasn't bad and I did make good time even though it didn't seem like I did. I made it in about 25 minutes. For some reason today my legs didn't seem to want to loosen up and I am still working on getting the bike setup.
The rode home was the hard one. I stretched the ride out a different way to 10.49 mile with 152' of climb. I don't know what my average speed was or anything but all I can say is pretty much any of the climbs had to be done out of the seat. That double on the front kicks your butt. I left work around 4:25 and got home at 5. It seemed like it wasn't till half way that my legs finally loosened up so I don't know what I did to them. The other thing that made it tough is it seemed no matter what direction I was going there was a major head wind, the weather is showing 10-15 mph.
I hope I get used to it and get better with it but I have a feeling I might be either putting a triple on it or changing the rear cassette or something to get a little lower gearing. Good thing is I think I have it pretty much set for seat height and the handle bar angle, now I just need to mess with the seat tilt a little bit.
I posted about it in the roadie forum but I guess since it isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread it didn't get any attentioin. Here are a few pics the night I got it home and got her all cleaned up. I also lost 2 pounds since friday so it seems I am doing alright with the diet.