My wife noted that I had been looking around for a road bike for a while. She also knew that I'd been saving everything I could get my hands on so to make that possible. Christmas rolls around, and her gift to me was a $200 Walmart card with the note: "I'd have bought it myself, but I wasn't sure of the size". So, as of Jan 8th of this year, I am the happy owner of a GMC Denali.
I'm still working on tweaking the fit on it, and there are a couple of things that could be better, but overall it's exactly what I need, and I'm liking it. With the way the weather has been around here (COLD!!) I've only managed 1 ride, and that was a lovely 6.9 mile excursion with my wife. Last night, I had to go return a rental vehicle from the weekend, and since the weather was so nice, I decided to throw the bike in the rental and ride home.
I went a total of 7.7 miles in 30:17. That included a stop on top of my favorite overpass to admire the view. That put me at an avg speed of 15.2mph. My normal avg speed on a ride is from 11-12 mph. That's a gain of 3+. Of course I have to mention that my top speed was 21.9... on the flat! Now, the bike that the Denali replaced is the Huffy Mt Havok listed under my avatar. It still had the knobby tires inflated to 60, and weighed in at a hefty 39lbs. I'll be honest, to me the Denali is as light as a feather, coming in at 28. Throw in the narrower tires, and I think that's where my extra speed came from.
Kind of a side note... I'm not terribly comfortable in the drops yet. In fact, my top speed came on the crossbar. Also, when I'm riding on the hoods, I feel like I'm going to flip over the front tire... any ideas to make that a little more... comfortable?