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    My Next Brevet - Steel touring bike or Carbon road bike?

    Hello everyone,

    As a new RUSA RBA I hosted my first 200/300K last month. I rode the 200K on my carbon bike. I have ridden several 200K and up to 150 miles on the carbon bike, but never a 300K.

    I am hosting a 200K and 300K this weekend that is expected to have a very light turnout. So I'm considering at ride on my steel touring bike.

    My carbon bike weighs about 19 lbs and my touring bike weighs about 35 lbs. The route is flat but the winds are forecasted to be high (normal in South TX - gusts likely in 35+ range).

    Touring bike is more comfortable on chip/seal roads due to 700x37 tires and steel frame...but I'm slower on it....and it seems better in strong crosswinds. Also the touring bike is new but I did a loaded tour in early March with several days in the 80-90 mile range with mountains.

    So does anyone have any experience for doing longer rides with the two bike choices I mention?

    I'm thinking maybe a 200K on the touring bike or my first 300K on the carbon bike...unless the forecast changes for the wind...not likely. BTW the worst wind is the second half of both courses.

    Think I'm just looking for someone to push me in one direction or the other! Maybe just shut up and ride would be best

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    I have ridden light carbon and heavy steel bikes. Since there are no hills, the additional weight is moot.

    I strongly suggest you ride the touring bike unless you can mount wide tires on the carbon bike which I doubt

    1. Wider tires if theya re good quality will be faster on chippy stoned roads than narrow tires of equal quality. Hands down.
    2. Comfort is always high on the list
    3. The heavier tires and wheels will add some stability in a 35mph crosswind gust.

    The carbon bike has no benefit on this ride.

    I can't believe I am saying this. Ride the steel

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    No hills? Tourer. More comfortable and practical. Hills? The lightest bike you can get away with. just rode the Fleche on my tourer. Ouch. I wouldn't want to do 400km on a roadbikes rock hard seat though.
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    If you were reasonably comfortable at the end of the 200k on the CF road bike, I'd use it for the 300k.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    I thought the OP rather scary, but I am used to the local RBA's being VERY experienced -- Raleigh Region RBA has done brevets since 1983 & Highpoint Region RBA has done too much to even guess at -- and they each know more tricks and have experienced more things than I can count.

    My thought is this: Richard, contact Bob Riggs (Houston) or Dan Driscoll (Dallas) as each of those RBA's has lots of personal experience and experience with a wide range of abilities in other cyclists.
    Enjoy the ride.

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    I don't know about Bob. But Dan's not too particular about what he rides. I saw him out on one ride on a bike I didn't recognize and asked about it. He said, "Oh, it's Kalleen's old bike, if I didn't ride it, nobody would."

    And come to think of it, my pictures of 600k rider's bikes from a couple of years ago are here: 600kRandoBikes Slideshow by stephenhazelton | Photobucket
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rwc5830 View Post
    Think I'm just looking for someone to push me in one direction or the other!
    Today is like living in a wind tunnel in the Hill Country, riding nowhere near your distances but I hung the Rando-ish machine on it's hook after getting battered about this AM and will be taking the CF Merckx w/ low spoke count wheels out tomorrow. We are sending our live oak pollen to you, should be there any time now.....

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Still have not decided, probably will be a last second decision. I want to do my first 300k, my previous best on the carbon was on two occasions at 150 miles.

    But it would be nice to get my first century and 200K on my new Surly. Too bad the date for the RUSA event I picked last year happens to be the same weekend of the ride in Fayetteville, TX this weekend. Got a bunch of invites to that.

    Maybe I can make Glen Rose.

    Richard
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    Ride the bike you are most comfortable on. A better fit trumps bike weight any day, but that's my opinion. I see mostly CF bikes with areo bars on the brevets around here.
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