Join Date: May 2012
Location: Harlingen, TX Warmshowers Host
Bikes: Fuji, Specialized, Surly, BMC
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My Next Brevet - Steel touring bike or Carbon road bike?
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