Yesterday, I cycled the MS charity ride from Miami to Key Largo on my
Speed P8. It performed admirably and held together without a single glitch.
(except for the $%&ing headwind)
Before, during and after the ride I received several positive comments from
"that's freakin' awsome", to "WOW, you're doing great!" (I'm guessing he
was shocked I had made it that far). Many had no idea what it was.
The 20" wheels really throw them off. There was one character that would
speed up every time I tried to pass, but that could have happened on any
bike. (yes, I did pass him just for spite)
It would have probably been easier if I was on a "real" road bike, but I
wanted the extra challenge (and I still beat 85% of my team). I also could
have used a few more gears for an ideal pace, but in my normal world of
commuting, simplicity is for the best. Finally, on this group ride there were
support vehicles and stations helping repair any problem that should arise.
If I had tire, spoke or rim troubles, they would be no help to me since they
only has large diameter supplies. Something to keep in mind.
So I took a bike that was not optimized for the job and made it work.
On a side note, I have a Brooks Imperial prototype installed and it really
DID help with the saddle sores.