.....and looking to do my first brevet in March 2015. It is the suffolk / skippers ride in VA. Not a lot of elevation gain, but a little.
My question is twofold. I have a 2001Trek 520 with a mountain triple that goes down to about 17 gear inches. With 700 x 32c tires. I have a new Surly Disk Trucker that goes down to 21 gear inches, but sports 26 x 1.5 tires. The 520 is slightly lighter, but not by much. I am looking to remove the front racks from both bikes, but leave the fenders on. Any experience on which bike is a better choice for my first 200k brevet? Keep in mind, I have never done a ride this long before, with 100k being my longest to date.
Second question. Any good training guides out there that will help me prepare? I have four months to get ready and Santa is bringing me a Kurt Kenetic fluid trainer for Christmas. This winter, should I put the bike I plan on riding in the trainer or does it make a difference. I had both bikes set up and fitted for me with identical seat and bar heights. I really do not want to keep changing the training tire for the times I can get out on real,roads this winter and cannot afford to buy a trainer tire and rear cassette specifically for the trainer.
Maybe some of this is addressed in the RUSA hand book, but still interested in your input as I wait for it to come in the mail. Thanks in advance for your help.