My LBS has a Tu Beginners/Intermediate and Wed Advanced rides.. the first Tu ride I was on my Allez road bike and was bored out of my mind.. the next day I went with the advanced group and there was a dude on a 29er mtn bike.. they do get very loud on fast descents, but there was never a time that he was not up front.. I have no doubt that at will he could have dropped the biggest part of the group at will..
The next week I decided to take my FX 7.2 hybrid on the Tu ride.. only to find out the the beginners had decided not to ride.. still stayed with the pack just fine.. the next Tu one of the riders that also rides with the advanced group decided to play chase.. them on there Madone and me on my 7.2 and platform pedals.. we made the 19 mile hilly ride in 1:09.. Like someone said earlier.. its the Motor..
It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.
Trainers at home are what extra tall end tables are for.. remote and drink access..
My trainer time is topless with the music cranked.. I find Techno to get the beats down and the cadence up..
When I get in form, I ride my MTB with knobbies to even the odds with Gina on her roadie, actually fun and I'm looking to get another hybrid sometime in the near future!
The only thing he wouldn't do is pretend to be Bruce Dickenson1, because if he said "more cowbell" once, he'd be walking home.
Soon after everyone would wonder why they don't have a handlebar mascot2.
It depends on your definition of "road" bike. My touring bike is a road bike, but has the same size and weight of tires and wheels that most hybrids do. The only difference is I get more hand positions on the drop bars which I like on rides of two hours or more. One of my brothers belongs to a large touring club and does the rides on what could be considered a flat bar road bike. That's his preference.
If by road bike you only mean very light skinny tired bikes, then it might be more difficult to keep up on a hybrid assuming the same level of fitness. Several years ago I met a fellow who did randonneurs up to 300k on a Cannondale hybrid fitted with aero clip-ons. All the roadies were trying to persuade him to ditch it for a light road bike, but I'm inclined to think that if he could do those sorts of distances, why fix what isn't broken? A lighter set of wheels, maybe, but obviously the bike worked for him.
Do road bikes and hybrids ever ride together?
I ride my 17lb Serotta T-Max commuter with 1520gr Spinergy Xyclone wheels and Maxxis Maxlite 310 tires running 65-75psi with my friends on road bikes all the time. I run a 34/50t compact cranket and a 9spd 11-26t cassette and the only time I have an issue is on downhills where a couple guys with 53/11t top gears just plain have me out geared. Admittedly we aren't CAT 1-2 riders, and for the most part we just ride for fun, but I am seldom the last rider in and I usually have a great time of it.
I've actually though about putting drop bars on the Serotta because it never goes off-road, but even with the flat bars and barends I am comfortable enough to do 60-80 mile rides so I just haven't gotten around to it I guess. Besides the carbon fiber flat bars, barends, and brake levers look really nice with the carbon fiber crankset, seatpost, and carbon fiber-look saddle and they add character to the XTR shifters and derailleurs. As far as I am concerned the Serotta is every bit as "comfortable/fast/efficient as (either of my) road bikes", but sometimes it's just more fun to ride.
That being the case, I see no reason that a properly outfitted Hybrid should be just fine on these types of rides as well. In fact, the hybrid should actually be better for most people than the mountain bike I would guess. As far as what the other "roadies" think, I don't really care. Let them try and drop me and we will see who is ahead in the end.
BTW: I have a friend that has a Specialized Sirrus Hybrid that I outfitted with a Tec9 bolt on aero bar, a pair of Shimano 105 SPD-SL pedals, a pair of 39/53i chainrings and an 11-26t cassette and she has been very competitive in local sprint triathalons for over two years. So I guess the answer to the question "Do road bikes and hybrids ever ride together" is simply "yes, and quite well in fact, as long as the roadies aren't CAT 1-2 snobs.......
Just your average 'high-functioning' lunatic, capable of passing as 'normal' for short periods of time.....
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