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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.
    Last edited by sreten; 04-14-13 at 04:08 PM.

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    Semper Fi, A way of life. qcpmsame's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    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?

    Bill
    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.

    rgds, sreten.

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    Conquer Cancer rider Boudicca's Avatar
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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.)
    Zero gallons to the mile

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
    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.
    Last edited by sreten; 04-14-13 at 04:41 PM.

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