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downtube42 12-31-13 07:41 PM

Which bike for my perm pop tomorrow
 
Can't decide which bike to ride for my New Years Day ride tomorrow - 100k permanent Populaire. My new recumbent, or my '76 Grand Jubile.

The Volae 'bent is comfy, sleek, shiny, and faster. This is my LD bike; I really need seat time on this bike to sort out fit and acclimate my muscles to a new position.

The Motobecane, however, has panache. It's a frankenbike built from used parts purchased from the co-op, including used tires. Front wheel is presta, rear is Schraeder. Paint is faded and scratched, wheel bearings have seen better days. There's about 1 mm of clearance between the tires and fenders, so after the first big bump it will start going bzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzz.

My heart says Moto, my head says Volae. Moto is about the journey, Volae is about the ride.

chriskmurray 01-01-14 06:21 PM

So, did you follow your heart or your head and how did it turn out?

downtube42 01-01-14 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by chriskmurray (Post 16373999)
So, did you follow your heart or your head and how did it turn out?

Function over form. Good thing too; forecasted crosswind turned into 32 miles of headwind on the return leg. Recumbent is much slippier. The Moto's day will come, just not this cool December day.

chriskmurray 01-01-14 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by downtube42 (Post 16374217)
Function over form. Good thing too; forecasted crosswind turned into 32 miles of headwind on the return leg. Recumbent is much slippier. The Moto's day will come, just not this cool December day.

I am not a recumbent guy, but I do have to admit that long stretches of headwind make me seriously consider one.

StephenH 01-02-14 06:49 AM

Recumbents aren't necessarily faster in a headwind. That may be a rider issue more than a bike issue.
In the case in question, though, I would vote for the new bike; a 100k is a good place to work on new things.


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