I want to ride a century in my local Tour de Cure.
Nothing special there. A guy on a road bike riding a century is a fairly common event.
But I'm working out a deal with my LBS for them to sponsor me. As part of that deal, I'm offering to ride the century on my Giant TranSend DX that I bought from them last year. It's my daily commuter bike, and it's worked wonderfully well in that role.
I've changed out the rear derailleur for Deore LX, and the handlebars are now Trekking Bars from Nashbar. The tires are Panaracer Pasela TG 700cX32.
Pretty much everything else is stock. I figure I'd remove the rack and fenders for the century ride.
I've done a half century on this bike and was perfectly comfortable the whole way.
What think ye' long distance cyclists? is doing a century ride on a bike like this a stupid and futile attempt? Is my youthful exuberance (I'm 24 YO) and piss n' vinegar getting in the way of common sense?
I really feel like I could really do this if I train hard for it. I have till June 14th to train. I feel like it's not THAT big a deal to do a century on an entry level hybrid, but when I hear myself say those words I say "Ben, you must be outta yer mind!"
This is the bike in its stock state. As I said, I've swapped out some critical parts.