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Old 06-09-11, 07:03 PM   #1
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Road bike for my commute today

Since my road bike doesn't get much use these days I decided to ride it to work today. It always had a rack on it so I just attached the panniers to it and my headlight and off I went. I knocked a full 5 minutes off my commute. I know its not much but instead of riding 13 to 15 mph I was consistently riding 17 and 18 and it felt much easier. Gotta be the weight and gearing. It was really fun and I'm thinking this bike will get a good bit more use this year. The bike in question is a 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2.0 nothing fancy but its always been a real comfy ride. I just started riding the Windsor and didn't bother to change bikes that much. Not earth shattering but I gotta give all my bikes some street time.
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Old 06-09-11, 07:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like a decent amount of time to me. I am looking for a road bike/commuter/tourer in hopes it will be more road friendly than my mountain bike.
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Old 06-09-11, 07:26 PM   #3
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I usually shave about 5 minutes off of my commute when I ride my road bike as well. The problem is that I usually need to carry stuff to work, and the commuter bike has a rack (and a removable basket). I don't wish to wear a fully loaded backpack on my 27 mile r/t commute. It is fun to get out the road bike for occasional commuter service.
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Old 06-09-11, 07:49 PM   #4
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The chainstays on my roadbike are just barely long enough so I don't have heel strike issues. When I took off out of the driveway I thought oh man this thing is kinda twitchy but a half a block and I was hauling butt and it was real stable. Doesn't take the bumps as nicely as my steel framed Windsor but it makes up for it in quick handling and speed.
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I took my road bike to work yesterday too, and experienced much the same thing. My morning commute was about 5 minutes shorter as I was consistently able to ride 3-5 mph faster than normal.

Then in the late afternoon a huge rain storm rolled through much earlier than the weatherman had predicted, forcing me to ride the road bike home through the pour. At that point I was really wishing I was on my fendered commuter.
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Old 06-10-11, 08:08 AM   #6
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I did the same today. Nice n quick.
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I could have written this. Today, I commuted on my road bike for the first time this year, instead of my mtb with slicks. Trimmed about 5 minutes off the trip.
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I have a set of Zefal "bikini fenders" that I can quickly strap on my road bike to deal with rainy weather. If I choose to ride my road bike to work and anticipate afternoon rain, I simply throw on the fenders in the morning. With that being said, the full fenders with mud flaps (Planet Bike) on my hybrid do a better job of keeping crud off of my drivetrain, so I usually go for the hybrid when I anticipate poor weather.
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