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Old 04-14-13, 03:05 PM   #1
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Going from a folder to a road bike

Hi,

I've been riding a 20" folder since Christmas and worked up
to about 80 miles a week going out on it 5 days out of 7.

Decided I wanted to do half that on a "proper" bike, and
today I went out on my first full ride on the road bike.

Chalk and cheese. Out of the saddle is natural and in
the saddle I can pedal up long minor hills much easier,
overall speed is not surprisingly quite a lot higher.

I can take on hills easily that are hard work on the folder,
even though the minimum gear inches are higher on the
road bike than the folder, I was quite surprised.

On the flat the folder tops out at about 20mph, I reckon
I could push 30mph on the road bike once I get used to it.

I like riding the folder, but the road bikes a different ball game.

rgds, sreten.

The only thing complaining is some bits between my bits,
I've ordered a new saddle, never a problem on the folder,
but I replaced the crappy saddle on that before riding it.

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Old 04-14-13, 03:17 PM   #2
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Sounds as if you are on the way to becoming a Roadie now Sreten, thanks for the report on the ride. How about some pictures of the Road Bike when you get one and sort it out to suit you best?

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Old 04-14-13, 03:36 PM   #3
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Sounds as if you are on the way to becoming a Roadie now Sreten,
thanks for the report on the ride. How about some pictures of the
Road Bike when you get one and sort it out to suit you best?

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Hi,

I've posted some details of my road bike in the Road Cycling forum.
Basically a bike that my LBS sells for 260 I got from Tesco for 125
and then I spent a further 75 sorting out / adding / improving the bits.

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Old 04-14-13, 04:15 PM   #4
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What folder were you riding?

(There are folders out there that ride like road bikes, honest. But they cost a lot more than 125 quid.)
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Nothing wrong with having multiple bikes if you can afford it. A folder is one I'd like to have for the times when I travel and must do so in a more compact manner.
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What folder were you riding?

(There are folders out there that ride like road bikes, honest. But they cost a lot more than 125 quid.)
Hi,

Cheap and cheerful with updated good tyres, brakes and a nice saddle.

Your probably right, but a folder as good as my road bike would probably
cost more than than both my bikes put together, and I like having two
very different bikes, and the different physiology in riding them.

rgds, sreten.

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