The last several days have been very busy as you might expect with a 12 and 9 year old in the house. However I did get out on Christmas eve morning and took a good final year ride on the P8. With this ride I passed 1,500 miles for the year.
When I first began cycling for exercise last March I assumed it would be great to ride 3 times a week, maybe 20 miles. Then in June I set a goal of 1,000 for the year. I passed that in Sept. and thought 1,500 would be nice. To me it was fitting that I rode it on the P8 even though a brand new Trek 5200 is in my bike room. It was a pretty day temp went from 30 to 40F during the ride and I wound up with 1,505 total on the P8 for the year.
Today, the day after Christmas I rode the 5200 for the first time as my bike, rather than the 7 mile test ride I took a couple of weeks ago when it was the LBS's bike. Took a nice 20 mile ride on a very blustery morning with wild wind gusts out of the northwest. At one point I was pedalling to keep any kind of speed while riding DOWN a hill. The ride itself was great. Coming from a steel bike known for it's smooth ride I was really impressed that the 5200 was smoother. Gear selection was fun with so many more ratio's to choose since the 5200 has a 10 gear cassette. The brakes are unbelievable in comparison to the P8. On this average ride, I had no discomfort or feeling of bad fit in either seat height to pedals as well as from seat to the bars. With the wind conditions, I didn't set any speed records as the bike was being pushed all over the place. I did have one short stint with a tailwind on a nice flat section travelling along at a little over 24mph. The clipless pedals kept me worried any time I came to a stop, but (knock on wood) I did not fall, (today).
Attached are a couple of pics showing the 5200. Next year 2,500 miles. I don't know how many I will ride this week, perhaps I can hit 1,600 for an '05 total.