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how do you like the ride? Notice the nice speed difference?
I think my biggest two adjustments will be to the saddle and the more aggressive riding position. I know my rump is going to hurt as I really haven't been on a bike much this year and CERTAINLY not this hard little thing (that's what she said). The miles don't bother me as we are going to take it easy and mosey over there on bike paths.
Bike camping is done. Full write-up will come later but since this is generally a workout thread I'll just throw the numbers.
First outing on new bike...
27.54 miles to get to campsite then to a local town to stock up on some water. We were prepared to do that but we were hoping the water would be turned on by now. Nope. Still a bit early for that I assume.
20.75 miles from campsite back to my friends house.
Total miles = 48.29 miles.
Furthest I have gone this year is 11 miles due to a series of flats and out of true wheels. A bit scary to take my brand new bike on this trip to shake it down but it held up nicely. A few things need adjusted which I'll address. Wind was in our faces are from the side for the majority of both days rides plus we were packing our gear so the long(ish) rides plus gear plus wind made it for a leg burning outing. Especially since there is a grueling hill at the end and I always challenge my friend to a race back to his house. I always lose but I give it all I got and by the time I coast into his driveway I'm seeing spots.
Trip report to follow.
Ravi posted a few pictures from HIS trip.
Bikepacking trip writeup.
Weather is starting to turn! One day cold, another warmer, etc. The downside to that is that it is always windy. Probably the same in your areas. Better weather is incrementally coming!
12.27 miles on a lunch time ride.
So for the year....
It's raining/snowing/sleeting here today do no riding. Hopefully the paths won't be too slick tomorrow to get in some miles.
Also... I noticed that small print there.....
14 mile ride during lunch. Rode with a co-worker. At the beginning of a long stretch to West Carrollton he was behind me then zoomed past. I kept up and he kept hammering. Dang! Way stronger than he was last week! Eventually I had to let him pull away. At one point he was a speck in the distance. I keep thinking about the pain he must be in holding a pace that I've never seen him attain before. To date I always held back and he would be wheezing a bit. I get near West Carrollton and he has already turned around and headed back. As he passes me I notice....... it's not him. Same basic height and build and a long sleeve shirt (not same color).
I stop at the rest area in WC and in pulls my co-worker. *I* was trying to keep up who I thought was HIM and HE was trying to keep with ME.
In the end it made a great workout. Not the kind I was looking for today but I'll certainly take it.
I'm going to be doing a series of 14 mile outings this week but I'm going to start to do longer rides very soon.
The bike is allot more efficient and puts the rider in that position as well. Might take some time to get used to from being upright to riding in the drops. Being that much more efficient allows you to ride both longer and faster.
As with any new bike switch, don't be scared to move parts around to see how it feels, drop/raise the stem, flip the stem in either way. Do this for about month (less for you since you ride often), once you figure out what works and think you won't any change drastic besides stem change, cut that dangerous steer tube left over. I have a scar on my left leg from my CX bike with just a 1/4" sticking up when I crashed it few months ago.
I've had good luck with these Stems and they are fairly cheap, light and STRONG. But also account for stem stack height IF you cut the steer tube and change stems. Best to change stem first then cut or find one w/ a low stack height such as the ones listed
3t Arx Pro Road Stem from Bike Bling
Niner Alloy Stem from BikeBling.com
umm humm...I see your average speeds on the rise!!
I'm not getting what you mean by "cut that dangerous steer tube". Maybe I'd see it if I adjusted things but right now there isn't anything sticking above it that would present a problem. Do you have an image I can see to get a visual? I might understand a bit more if I could see.