I have this ongoing competition with my son when it comes to riding. He has a difficult time keeping up to pops. He blames it on the hybrid he rides and I say it is the conditioning. He works out at the gym with a focus on strength building and I just ride a lot. So yesterday we went out and picked up a old road bike for him.
It is a Lotus Challenger SX 18 speed. Wheels still run true. All steel and only 3 pounds heavier than my bike. Lotus has a bit of history and had some popularity in the 80s. I figure the bike to be 20+ years old. It appears to me that a well kept bike can keep on running. The only upgrade was pedals and the tires which cost more than the bike (Specialized Armadillo All Condition. BTW these are my favorite and highly recommended tires).
I hope the kid gets the hang of feathering in the gears as he shifts.
I'll report back later this spring to see if the playing field has been leveled or remains the same.
PS: how do you insert a photo directly into the post?