I recently tried to post here about my successful attempts at riding a century on my Tern Link P9. For some reason the forums wouldn't let me, and I posted instead at the Tern forums. Below is my post from the Tern forums:
I set out on Friday from Sumner, WA around 8:35AM. My Tern Link P9 was stock, except with the addition of Powergrips to the pedals, a Brooks B17 seat, and a Carradice Nelson longflap to carry stuff.
I rode to downtown Seattle to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, which was about 34 miles. I crossed the Puget Sound on the ferry, and then headed northwest.
I rode across Bainbridge Island, then up the Olympic Peninsula through Port Gamble, across the Hood Canal Floating Bridge, and then on to Sequim.
I underestimated the toll the hills would take on me, mostly because I didn't know there were as many hills. I felt like I had ridden up Mt. Everest, but ultimately only did about 2500 feet of climbing. I found the Link P9's gearing to be adequate. At times, I probably would have used a lower gear if I'd had one, but I didn't, and what I had worked.
Starting around mile 70, the road turned west across the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula. That's when I encountered a sustained headwind which challenged me until the end of my ride.
I landed at the place I was planning to stay just north of the town of Sequim. My odometer read 95.7 miles. As I was determined to do a century, I stayed on the bike and continued pedalling around the block several times, until my odometer finally read 100 miles. I did it! My first century ride was done.
In all, it took me 7 hrs 49 mins 51 secs of rolling time. Including the ferry ride and stops for water, checking the map, etc., the ride took me almost exactly 10 hrs.
I was pleasantly suprised that only my left patellar tendon was sore, and nothing else. Interestingly, I only had two muscle cramps the entire ride. Each time it it was my left latissimus dorsi. I thought that was kind of weird.
My Link P9 was outstanding. It was stiff, comfortable, handled well, and was mechanically solid. I could stand on the stock folding pedals and hammer on them up the hills. At no time did I feel like I needed a full sized bike, stiffer pedals, or that my Link was inadequate or incapable. This confirmed to me that I can do any kind of road riding I want to do on this little bike, and as long as I am physically capable, the bike will handle it.
I also have to say the flat, comfort Biologic grips are amazing. I was a little nervous going into this ride for a number of reasons. One was that the bike I was going to ride - the Link P9 - only had one hand position... or so I thought. I learned I could grab the ends (not as good as H bars, but allowed me a different hand position for short stretches) and I could put my elbows on the flats giving me a surprisingly comfortable tuck position. I spent a lot of time climbing, believe it or not (especially into that nasty headwind), with my elbows on the grips.
In the end, if I had to do it over again, I would not have taken any of my other bikes (the bikes I could have taken = Surly Crosscheck, Raleigh 20, Kona Caldera, Trek 300 series). The Link P9 fit the bill perfectly and was up to the task. I could see myself using it for light touring (either credit card or a lightweight overnight type set-up), commuting, long day rides, trips to the store, etc. Several miles of this trip were on chip-seal roads (rough and gravely). I think it would be fine for cobblestone roads and sidewalk riding. It really is a good all-around bike that would be a solid choice if you could only have one bike for riding around on the roads/sidewalks/etc."