OK, so we got another inch of snow today. Please be easy on the jokes!
I have been riding my mountain bike on the road for the last few years for exercise (Trek 4300). Usually around 60 miles a week. Have a good 12 mile route with some hills. Put road tires on the bike 2 years ago and there was a huge difference (obviously). Was able to get to 17mph avg according to computer.
I live in an area where there is a lot of club activity on the roads. So watching them effortlessly zoom by me was a little disconcerting! So after consulting with a few people at work who ride in clubs, and after reading some of the great posts on this board, I bought a road bike the other day at a local bike shop. Which I must say was one of the best buying experiences I've ever had. They spent a couple hours with me on fitting, etc. Definitely not like the bigger shops that just want your money and beat it.
OK, so now I know why the roadies were effortlessy zooming by! Wow! What a difference! Power transfer was nothing like I'd ever felt on a bike. OK, so I guess I'll be shooting for the 20 mph avg this year. Also thinking about joining a local club.
Thanks for all the great posts that helped me decide on what bike to choose. I bought a spanking brand new 2005 Fuji Roubaix and put Look PP357's on it. Think I got some good bang for the buck on it. As for the pedals? Dont think I'll have too much trouble. Took a couple times to get used to clipping in and out, but it wasnt that hard!
Anyway, thanks again for all the good posts here. Cant wait to put some miles on it! Cheers