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    Which bike for an SR series attempt?

    I did a 200 & 300 last year on my jamis aurora elite, but I had a personal conflict on the third weekend of the local series, so the 300 is as far as I got. Over the summer, I acquired a Sam Hillborne to add to my collection. I'm planning to make another attempt at an SR series next Spring, and Iím trying to decide which bike to use. I realize that neither is really quite right, but thatís what I have, and I want to make it through at least one full series before I get a purpose-built bike. Thoughts?

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    Ride whatever bike you are most comfortable on at the time.
    Srsly,don't over think this. Just keep your engine in tip-top shape, make sure the contact points for your hands, butt, and feet are comfy, and keep a good mental attitude.
    You'll do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride whatever bike you are most comfortable on at the time.
    Srsly,don't over think this. Just keep your engine in tip-top shape, make sure the contact points for your hands, butt, and feet are comfy, and keep a good mental attitude.
    You'll do fine.
    I'm actually not that concerned about finishing on either bike. I've done centuries in under 6 hours on both, and I have a job that requires me to function on little to no sleep from time to time, so I think I've got this if the schedule works out.

    I should rephrase the question: "Which bike seems more appropriate to you for randonneuring?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingston View Post
    I'm actually not that concerned about finishing on either bike. I've done centuries in under 6 hours on both, and I have a job that requires me to function on little to no sleep from time to time, so I think I've got this if the schedule works out.

    I should rephrase the question: "Which bike seems more appropriate to you for randonneuring?"
    Neither seems more appropriate than the other to me. Based on what folks actually use for randonneuring, pretty much anything in the general touring / road / franco-rando / cross bike realm is fine. What matters more is riding the one you find more comfortable, or easier to accessorize in the particular ways you personally find important.
    Last edited by Steamer; 09-21-14 at 10:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamer View Post
    Neither seems more appropriate than the other to me. Based on what folks actually use for randonneuring, pretty much anything in the general touring / road / franco-rando / cross bike realm is fine. What matters more is riding the one you find more comfortable, or easier to accessorize in the particular ways you personally find important.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingston View Post
    I did a 200 & 300 last year on my jamis aurora elite, but I had a personal conflict on the third weekend of the local series, so the 300 is as far as I got. Over the summer, I acquired a Sam Hillborne to add to my collection. I'm planning to make another attempt at an SR series next Spring, and I’m trying to decide which bike to use. I realize that neither is really quite right, but that’s what I have, and I want to make it through at least one full series before I get a purpose-built bike. Thoughts?
    Either of those bikes seems perfectly suitable for randonneuring. I'd find myself a hilly 100km populaire and ride it hard on each bike and see which you feel better about at the end. Make sure to load it up with what you'd need for a 400km so that you are evaluating the way the bike feels when it is loaded the way you'd need to load it to finish the SR series (typically, even on a 600km you will not need to carry more than you need on a 400km because you'll have either a drop bag or a route that takes you back to the start hotel at the end of the first day before going out on a second loop for the second day). You might find that one of those bikes just feels better and more responsive than the other, and that's probably the one to pick.

    FWIW, one of the riders on our recent 1000km rode a Sam Hillborne, I'm pretty sure. Or maybe it was an A Homer Hilsen.

    You're probably better off picking one of those bikes to ride on the SR series than switching back and forth unless you have to. I find that it is hard to keep bikes perfectly synchronized with the little adjustments that you make as you go along. So the bike that's not getting ridden on the long rides may be fine for short ones, but if you swap it in for a 400 after riding the other on the 200 and 300, you may be in for some ride-fit issues.

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamer View Post
    Neither seems more appropriate than the other to me. Based on what folks actually use for randonneuring, pretty much anything in the general touring / road / franco-rando / cross bike realm is fine. What matters more is riding the one you find more comfortable, or easier to accessorize in the particular ways you personally find important.
    + 2.

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    Thanks, everyone. I think I'll plan on using the Jamis. Both bikes are very comfortable over long distances, but I already have the Jamis set up with bags and lights from my failed attempt this past year.

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