Enough scouring the internet, it's time to just ask you guys. I recently purchased a Raleigh Detour 4.0, a smooth enjoyable ride. When visiting a friend in Denver last month, however, I borrowed and experienced my first single-speed road bike. Ever since, I've felt lacking performance from my comfort hybrid.
I don't regret my selection of the Detour -- it was really the only new quality bike I could afford -- but I'm interested now in slowly increasing its performance where possible. I started easy with raising the seat and lowering the bars (as much as I could. Darn near bent an allen wrench on that bolt). I also replaced the bulky stock comfort seat with something a little harder and narrower. When I can afford it, I intend to ditch the "comfort riser" handlebars for butterflies or drop-downs.
What else can I do though to increase performance and peddling efficiency? How much is the more upright frame geometry going to limit me? Is it even possible for me to convert this to a road or cyclocross -- I'll settle for a performance hybrid? Is it unfair for me to compare a lightweight single-speed to a heavier multi-speed?
I love my bike, but sometime it's angles really bother me. Bottom line: I want to make sure my weight is less on my butt and more on my legs (and arms) and lay comfort on the altar for the sake of efficient peddling.
For reference: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybr...?page=overview
Thanks for any wisdom or advice you might have on this general matter.