I mis-read my newsletter, so I missed the club ride today. With DALMAC coming up this week (Thursday) doing some sort or a ride was imperative, so I did my standard 24 mile loop from home. On the new bike, of course! This route is all rural, with 6 stop signs, all but one of which I can usually roll through, has lots of small hills, lots of chip-seal, and lots of open fields where the wind always seems to be a headwind. My best average speed ever has been 21.7 mph. Tonight was the first time the new bike has been fully operational, and the first time I did this route with it. Average speed: 22.5 mph! I'd call that significant!
Most noticeable difference was climbing the small hills in the last 1/3 of the route, where I'm starting to tire and usually crest a few of them at 13-16 mph; but this time the slowest I topped any was 18 mph.
Chris, Wally doesn't know I have this, does he?