Consideration for century rides in Michigan. Assume that the League of Michigan Bikers sponsor century rides in all quadrants of the State: Flat in SE Michigan ... Unsure of hills in the other quadrants of Michigan.
Never ridden past 52 miles (and I'm definitely not in endorphin-kharma 24 hours afterward), but they were slow-paced miles without the "pressure" of reaching a specified cross-line. And on a comfortable bike.
So, having done 52 miles/per 5.5 hours: I'm wondering what would be the best bike setup for doing a U.S. century ride ... which would probably take me at least 14 hours to accomplish. I have two choices of bike setup: Both bikes have Brooks ti-saddles.
* Steel frame ... aluminum seatpost and handlebars.
* Upside: Comfortable.
Max air pressure on the 650B-33mm tires is 75 PSI. Has a solid feel to its heavy steel frame.
* Downside: Weight.
Bike with mini-rack on back ... lighting front and back ... bags on handlebar and under saddle with "stuff" (to quote George Carlin) ... weighs in at 36 lbs (bags empty except for tools).
* Gearing: 46/36/24 Chainrings ... 12/27 Cassette (9-Speed).
2. LEGEND ST:
* Titanium frame ... carbon seatpost, handlebars, stem, seat stay, & forks.
* Upside: Speed. Lightweight. I'm guessing the average speed on the Legend must be 1.5 to 2.0 MPH faster. Is this a reasonable guess, or would the Legend have an average speed even higher than 2.0 MPH?
* Upside: Should be able to finish a couple of hours faster if the century is on flat terrain.
* Downside: To be honest, I'm not qualified to answer yet. The bike hasn't been assembled yet. But the bike will be on 700C-25mm wheels and the tire pressure will probably be around 100 PSI.
* Downside: Uncomfortable?
* Gearing: 50/39 Chainrings ... 12/27 Cassette (10-Speed).
If a close choice between bikes, then perhaps would one bike be a better choice, depending on which quadrant of Michigan that a century is scheduled for?
So, which would you choose and why? Perhaps you could describe your riding environment and tell us which bike you would choose to ride a century on.