Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes: Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
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First Century on folder <insert maniacal laughter here>
I rode the Dahon SpeedPro for the NYC TA Century yesterday. I rode the event below my own century pace to ride it with my wife, so the SpeedPro comfort was truly put to the test (i.e. being in the saddle 1.5 times what I would do on my own). I still have issues with hand comfort, but for the most part I never really thought "hey I'm doing this ride on my folder": I was so happy for my wife finishing her first century that it didn't really hit me that I'd finished a century on a folding bike until long after the fact.
I can kindasortamaybe ride the SpeedPro with no hands now so I was able to give my hands a little bit of a respite from time to time (all the red lights in this century helped with that too). Also, I've apparently completely adjusted to the SDG saddle after some tweaking of the position. It used to be very uncomfortable but now I think it's a better ride than the old Selle Italia on my road bike (which, to be fair, is in need of replacement for next season). I didn't have any *cough* numbness *cough* problems with it at all (Body Glide eliminated chafing problems I've had in the past centuries with the road bike). Dare I say it? I am now considering and SDG setup for the roadbike...
But back to folding bike issues. The terrain for this century isn't bad at all. There are a couple of longish (for NYC) hills but for the most part I stayed in three gears, so I think it could easily be ridden on a simpler folder, as long as it was comfortable enough. So is the SpeedPro overkill for this ride? Maybe, but if I were to do another century on it at my own pace, I think I'd be happy with the light weight, variety of gears and fast wheels/tires.