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    STP - 200 mile ride - On a heavier hybrid or a lighter road bike

    I love my chromoly hybrid (Jamis Coda sport) and would love to do the 200 mile STP ride on it. It is super comfortable compared to my trek road bike but is significantly heavier. Should I go for comfort or weight saving? I am doing the STP ride in 2 days (100 mile each day). I commute atleast 3 times a week on my Jamis but the maximum I've done on it is 50 miles. I am leaning towards doing the ride on the Jamis but I'm a little nervous about it.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    Start early, try to get in a majority of the miles before Lunch . since digesting lunch takes some of your energy.

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    I would go with the lighter bike if the gearing is good for the hills.
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    If you don't have bar ends on the Jamis, you may want to add them. The varied handpositions can be a blessing on a long ride.
    Remember the wind.......an upright riding position can be hell on a long ride. With bar ends you loosen the adjustment screws and position the bar ends out over the front to get you in a lower riding position.
    I know folks who completed the STP on some god awful bikes and others who pulled up lame on refined road bikes. Keep hydrated and well fed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Wags View Post
    If you don't have bar ends on the Jamis, you may want to add them. The varied handpositions can be a blessing on a long ride
    I've thought about bar ends but the prospect of adding more weight to the bike kind of stops me from doing it - I already have a few accessories on the bike. However varied hand positions has not been much of an issue for me on longer rides. But I will certainly look into getting bar ends - Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPrivateGent View Post
    I've thought about bar ends but the prospect of adding more weight to the bike kind of stops me from doing it - I already have a few accessories on the bike. However varied hand positions has not been much of an issue for me on longer rides. But I will certainly look into getting bar ends - Thanks.
    Ergon bar ends, like the GP 5'S, are wonderful but spendy.

    I think you may be over concerned about bike weight....it is not as important as most riders make it out to be. Your comfort on the bike and the gearing are what is more important. I would be willing to bet your Jamis Coda hybrid has lower gearing than your road bike......probably a 20 to 21 inch gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Wags View Post
    I think you may be over concerned about bike weight....it is not as important as most riders make it out to be. Your comfort on the bike and the gearing are what is more important
    Thanks - Great advice! I feel less nervous about the Coda now. I will see if my LBS carries the ergon bar ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Wags View Post
    If you don't have bar ends on the Jamis, you may want to add them. The varied handpositions can be a blessing on a long ride.
    Remember the wind.......an upright riding position can be hell on a long ride. With bar ends you loosen the adjustment screws and position the bar ends out over the front to get you in a lower riding position.
    I know folks who completed the STP on some god awful bikes and others who pulled up lame on refined road bikes. Keep hydrated and well fed.
    +1. If you get long bar ends and face them forward like Daddy Wags mentions, you will be very tucked down when holding the ends. I rest my forearms on the grips and it is very comfy. In headwinds, I am easily 2mph faster in the tucked down position with the same effort. Bar ends are like what? 200g for the pair? I have the RavX Lite X Long--recommended and 85g each. 100g with some padded bar tape.
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    I appreciate the input about bar ends - I am a little reluctant about bar ends because of the potential to hook another rider when riding in a tight group and especially something like the stp.
    Last edited by VeryPrivateGent; 06-30-14 at 02:59 PM.

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    Also should I keep 32 mm semi-slick tires or swap them for 28 mm slick ones? Will it make much of a difference?

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    I'd use the bike that is most comfortable, the STP is fairly flat overall.

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    Thanks all for the input - I have finally decided to do the STP ride on my hybrid instead of the road bike. Any further insight is also welcome.

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    Performance hybrids have the same fast ride characteristics as a road bike. They were designed for riders who like a road bike's speed but cannot tolerate drop bars.

    I would put Nitto Albatross or Velo Orange Milan bars on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Performance hybrids have the same fast ride characteristics as a road bike. They were designed for riders who like a road bike's speed but cannot tolerate drop bars.
    Well, sort of. Hybrids will not climb like road bikes. Nor will they hold that same top mph on the flats. Though they can descend fairly close. A Jamis Coda Sport is definitely not the kind of bike one would be tailing the front pack with.


    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    I would put Nitto Albatross or Velo Orange Milan bars on mine.
    After your last couple posts I'm thinking you'd put Nitto Albratross on any bike. Between the two, however, I'd opt for the Velos.

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    Success - Completed 2 day STP on Jamis Coda hybrid. Did it with comfort at a leisurely pace although it did get a little challenging at times. If you intend to do the STP at a faster pace then a road bike should be your first choice. I did not see too many hybrids at the STP - In a sea of road bikes hybrids were a small minority. Bike weight/geometry did become a slight issue at the climb between the 1st and 2nd rest stops on day one.

    One place my Coda (chromoly frame/suspension seat-post) really shined was where the road surface was not as smooth and where the bike path was narrow with rough road shoulders. It sailed smoothly on rough surfaces where riders on road bikes were having some problems.

    Any other STP participants who completed the ride on a hybrid?
    Last edited by VeryPrivateGent; 07-27-14 at 01:01 AM.

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