Well, we all know that answer...
I have a Van Dessel G&T on order that's supposed to hit my hot little hands tomorrow (Friday). If it doesn't arrive in time, this is a non-issue, however there is a good possibility that I'll have it in time to race Saturday, and if I'm lucky I'll get to ride it some Friday night to get acquainted with it. Saturday, I can use the preriding times and warm-up for more experience with it, however I know one of the major tips is to have at least 50 miles on a new bike before racing.
The question is: Should I race the new G&T or stay with my 25 yr old, 5-10 lb heavier Peugeot MTB? My gut says to go with the G&T for a few reasons:
-It's only my second race ever, therefore not critical. I consider it almost a training race.
-It's lighter weight will be a huge asset even if I never shift gears, or end up misshifting occasionally.
-I've been going between the different boy positions of flat bars vs drop bars so often these days that I'm not concerned about being in a "different" body position.
-I get to play hard with my new toy right away
What would you do?