I picked up my new Specialized Roubaix on Tuesday but the weather hasn't been nice enough to ride until Friday so I planned on riding to work if weather permitted.
Me & the wife carpool 18 miles to her work, then I usually drive the 7 miles to my work, but yesterday I loaded the new bike up & rode it from the wife's work to mine. It was a little cool in the morning, I think the temperature was 26 degrees so it took a little to get the legs warmed up.
I have to say I was hoping I would get a little more speed out of the new bike compared to my hybrid but it was only like a mile or two better. Even on the way home when it was in the 50's I wasn't going that much faster then I do on my hybrid.
I did notice on the hills the new bike was a lot easier to peddle & it seemed like I wasn't as winded even though this was only the third time riding this year. (two were on the hybrid 9 miles just around home)
I am just trying to get used to riding for now, the road bike is a lot quicker on the handling, I get a little wobbly when I let go of one hand.
The shifting is different of coarse but I'm picking that up pretty fast. I don't use clipless peddles as of yet, Steve at the LBS wanted me to get used to the bike first, get some miles on it then come back with my shoes & get fitted again.
Sunday it supposes to be nice again so I hope to get out for a longer ride. Someone suggested I should do about a 30 mile ride but that seems a little long for early in the season. My buddy also got his Motobecane put together Friday so hopefully he will be ready to ride with me on Sunday.
I think once the weather starts getting nicer I will like riding the road bike. With the hybrid I had a trunk I used or my panniers so I never worried about carry cloths, supplies, etc. Now with the road bike I just have a seat wedge & two water bottles so I will have to learn how to carry less stuff.
Friday I used my Camelbak for my cloths & lunch & that worked pretty well for the short distance, but I hope to ride the 25 miles home in a few months & I think the Camelbak will get uncomfortable.