Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: San Jose, Ca
Bikes: 09 Specialized Tricross Sport
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Noob wants a faster bike, but..
OK, so I've got a Marin Muirwoods which is basically a rigid, steel ATB with slick 26x1.4" tires. It rides comfortably over seemingly any pavement but it (and it's rider) are slow. I would like something lighter and with lower-friction tires.
I would get a road bike with drop bars but that makes my back ache almost from the second I sit on the bike, even with "comfort" geometry incl. a shorter top tube, longer head tube, etc. So, I've been looking at flat bar road bikes, if it is accepted that there is such a thing. The one in particular that I'm looking at is the Novara Express:
For some reason, this thing doesn't feel much faster than my Marin Muirwoods. My guesses as to why include:
1. it's rider is just too lacking in strength and cadence/rpm to exploit it's lower weight and tire friction
2. it's tires aren't even that lower in friction; their max psi is 85, whereas my Muirwoods' tires' max psi is 80
3. the Express, being a flat bar bike like my Muirwoods, leaves the rider so un-aerodynamic that, riding into any headwind, the bike's lightness and low-friction tires aren't much of a factor on bike speed, per a given rider effort
4. with both bikes, since my hips aren't very flexed, I'm just not in a good enough posture to transfer power from my hips
Any other guesses? Is pretty much any flat bar bike going to feel slow if the rider? Must one be more flexed at the hips and in a more aero position to actually pick up some speed?