I did the NYC transpertation alternatives century ride this Sunday. It is a fantastic ride around the city of New York.
It is my third time doing it. This year I actually trained for it riding between 30 and 60 miles a day for almost a month.
My mode of transportation has been my 5 speed Raleigh with high handle bars. My riding position is almost straight up. I know my bike and my position defy all riding convention and wisdom, but I did it. Although I was a little tired today, my body feels great with no aches or pains.
I am proud to say I averaged 13.6 miles an hour and 15 MPH average over the first 75 miles. There were several hills in the last 25.
I love my bike and my riding position. However, during my training I decided to get a more efficient machine. So I bought a Specialized Sequoia. I decided after training on it for about 80 miles, that I felt more comfortable and could actually go longer and faster on my 5 speed raleigh.
So I did the ride on my old bike. I got many looks of astonishment and praise as I sped by the many expensive road bikes on the tour. I even drafted for a while with a great group of roadies where I was averaging about 20 MPH over a 5 mile span.
Does this make any sense to you?
Perhaps I do so well on my old bike because I've been riding almost daily for 10 years. Or it could be that I haven't gotten used to the Sequoia yet.
In any case, i wanted to share this.