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Old 06-12-08, 08:12 PM   #1
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What a rush!

I always knew I rode faster/harder on my road bike than on my commuter. I don't know why, it just happens. Well, today thanks to the Michigan Scanner Law - I picked up a Schwinn 17 function bike computer and could truly get evidence of it. My top speed on the commuter busting my bum was ~ 28mph according to the Planet Bike Protege 8.0. The road bike? I topped 32 mph on the same hill, busting my bum the whole way (I believe I even grunted trying to eek out the last bit of energy since the end of the hill was coming up). Dang that was a rush. I knew before I had the computer that it was faster than the commuter, but wow! I know others who go faster but it was such a rush to be flying along at nearly the speed of traffic. Good training, I suppose.

I bet with some more things tuned up like regreasing the hub bearings and in general tightening things up, that it'd be able to go even faster. For a 28 year old budget road bike - I am very pleased. The only drawback? It was one of two identical bikes. My dad gifted the one to me, the other is still hanging in my parent's garage. Once he hears of this he'll want a computer and me to overhaul his bike too It'll be work it

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Old 07-21-08, 07:19 PM   #2
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What make/model road bike?

Good story. I also picked up a Schwinn 17 function computer for a bargain price. I haven't installed it yet but it's good to know that you are getting good results with it. What kind of road bike? I always like to know what make/model of bike people are talking about.
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Old 07-21-08, 07:41 PM   #3
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i start getting "nervous" when i'm riding close to 40mph. i wouldn't attempt going too fast unless you're comfortable with the stretch of road you're about to blast through, though.

watch out for gusts of wind + potholes!!!

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BikerMack - I love the computer. The temp read out is a bit... so so but considering all I really care about is "is it hot" I don't use it very much (the beads/waves of sweat rolling down my back and forehead tell me its hot). Otherwise its brilliant though it does lack the simple looks of my PB Protege 8.0.

At the time I posted this, it was on my old All Pro 10-speed "road bike" which has since been retired and replaced with a 1997-8 Giant Kronos 21-speed road bike. Works like a charm on that as well, though I haven't busted my butt to see what the bike can do, I have hit 35.

Zan, I completely agree that knowing the road is a good idea, if not critical. The stretch of road that I find easiest to achieve high speeds on is a very familiar one, as its the last mile right before my house during my commute. It was recently (my guess is within the last couple of years) resurfaced so there is only a few small pot holes. Its a great feeling! There's a bigger, longer and steeper hill I fly down every day on the way to work but it is so riddled with pot holes that I'd be willing to bet the road is comprised of 80% pot holes and dodgy patch jobs and 20% original road. Its terrible, so I ride the brakes down it most days if there are any cars around, JUST in case.
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