Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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I like being a bit higher off the road, but I don't like reaching a bit farther for the water bottle.
That water bottle bit hits all novices, and you are a novice to this bike.. It will take a bit of getting used to, but if still a problem in a few months- Think of a Camelback
I still don't like the sidepull brakes; they work but don't seem to respond when I want to stop quickly. Pulling the levers tightly does not give more braking power than ordinary pulling. I have to anticipate stopping a bit more carefully.
Could be new brakes and rims etc. but should improve.
I like being released from having to remember to downshift when coming to a red light, so that starting up again will be easier. It will just be what it will be!
Wait till you get an uphill start
The front wheel is very itchy, I discovered, if/when I stand on the pedals to hammer up a short incline. I had to be pretty careful or I would have lost control. It won't take long to get used to this, however.
This bike will take some getting used to as road bikes handle differently- That will adjust shortly
I love how quiet Lucky is. When I'm pedalling along, there is NO noise. Not even tire noise. Is that because the tires are so narrow? I don't hear a THING.
Thats the problem with these winter months- Take the earmuffs off when the temperature gets above 70
I feel more of the bumps than on my Trek, which I figure must be because there's no front shock. It's a slightly rougher ride.
What Bumps? Roads don't have them. Plus the fact you have got soft by using suspension before
My hands are in a slightly different position than on the Trek, and it feels like they're supporting more weight. Wasn't a problem so far, but I'm going to monitor that for a while. I do like the new handlebars.
Any new bike will feel strange, and will require some adjustment
I have to decide whether to get a backpack for my gym clothes, or library books, etc. or outfit Lucky with a rack on the back. I already have gym bags and bungee cords, so it seems like the second option makes more sense.
There is a style of rear pannier that fits on the seat stem, if you have problems with a conventional system, but if it is only short local trips with not too much weight, then a backpack may be simpler/
I think of this bike as my SUB -- a sports utility bike. Perfect for my urban rides, but I wouldn't want to do much serious climbing with her. I think I could do a metric century on her.
Give me that route- a century without hills
All in all, she's a neat vintage ride. Just like the rider
And last but not least, it's weird having to choose which bike to take out. I don't think I EVER owned more than one bike at any one time in my entire life
No problem- just do double the rides to stop them getting jealous.
Glad to see you are enjoying the ride, but You will soon realise that all these bikes have a problem. Hope you have them in separate rooms before they start breeding.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.