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    MTB>>>clipless>>>>slicks>>>>roadbike. BEAR WITH ME!!

    Hi guys new here, go easy
    At the ripe old age of 42 i thought i would get myself a mountain bike to get fit. Well before i even rode it my mate suggested entering a "mini" sprint triathlon. So being a competative soul i agreed. Well i have been out twice on the road, flat pedals and knobblies. I have done 7 miles at 12 mph pace on a hilly route. Now i'm thinking i should really get more of an advantage so bought some shimano SPDs and ordered some 195 slicks. I will no doubt get a road bike within a couple of weeks because i want to win!!
    Any idea what advantage i will get with clipless and slicks over flat pedals and knobblies, and also if i progress to a road bike what sort of times equivilent to my current times? I know it's like how longs a piece of string but i have asked anyhow.
    Cheers and i look forward to getting stuck into this forum......

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    You might get a speed increase of maybe 1-2 km/h ... not much.

    The best way to increase speed is to ride lots. Do long rides, do short rides. Do fast rides. Do intervals. And do slow recovery rides.

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    A road bike is almost sure to be more comfortable over 70 miles (7 is just a warmup) simply due to weight distribution and the variety of hand positions.

    Faster? You "want to win"? Forget it -- there's always someone faster than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    A road bike is almost sure to be more comfortable over 70 miles (7 is just a warmup) simply due to weight distribution and the variety of hand positions.

    Faster? You "want to win"? Forget it -- there's always someone faster than you.
    Oh how defeatist! They wont be as fast as me in the swim or the run. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    A road bike is almost sure to be more comfortable over 70 miles (7 is just a warmup) simply due to weight distribution and the variety of hand positions.

    Faster? You "want to win"? Forget it -- there's always someone faster than you.

    somebody has to win. with that in mind, there is not always somebody faster than you. granted, a new rider is unlikely to win...

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    Its a mini sprint tri for novices. were all in the same boat. i will win my group class

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    You might get a speed increase of maybe 1-2 km/h ... not much.

    The best way to increase speed is to ride lots. Do long rides, do short rides. Do fast rides. Do intervals. And do slow recovery rides.
    by switching from the kona dr dew to a specialized crux comp my average speed rose by 6km/h from 23 to 29km/h. Probably has a lot to do with geometry, riding position (I feel stronger on the crux) and the lighter rims. Tyres i kept the same for now. We shall see how fast I will be when i switch from these 600 gram monstroys 37mm contis to some 200 gram race tyres.

    But yeah, Keep on riding and do lots of it. I don't go with all this interval hifi recovery ride thing. I just ride as much as I can, as fast as I can and as far as I can. But then again at your age a proper training program might not be a bad idea. As you have certain goals and all that.

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    Big day tomorrow. Got myself a road bike. Averaging 17mp on comfortable longish runs. Done a couple of TTs, 18.5 mph on a hilly 10 miler and 19.5 mph on a flat 10 miler. Tomorrow is 8 miles on a flat but winding course.

    Looking to do 20mph average tomorrow.

    I WILL win... :-)

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