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Old 04-27-10, 11:35 AM   #1
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We've taken the plunge

Well, maybe we're just sticking our toe in the water...
We found a Trek R200 at a "local" bike shop (Flagstaff is about 60 miles away). After quickly researching the beastie and learning that it is an orphan etc. we decided to buy it. It has the original tires and tubes, so we're taking it easy until we can get replacements. The rest of the bike seems to be in good shape.

We've put about 15 minutes apiece on it this morning (real bennie having the same in- and x- seams). We're going to take a short ride later (retirement isn't so bad) with one of us on a road bike. The 20" rear wheel obviously robs the R200 of any high top speed, but I want to see what 100 rpm will give me on a flat. (I know that I could figure it out on paper, but it just isn't the same as rolling along the asphalt.)_

Thanks to all who have replied to my previous posts regarding "why ride a bent" and "switching between DFs and bents."
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Putting a pair of 100 PSI BMX slick tires on that bike will make it go a lot faster than you might expect.

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good luck with your new bent.


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Okay, here's a pic of the new steed with a couple of her stablemates, a Specialized Crosstrail (daughter's) and Piaggio MP3 (wife's).




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that one in the background looks a little heavy to pedal you know...
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The MP3 doesn't even have pedals. All the work is done with the hands! You should see my biceps after a season of riding!
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Hope you have found out that a 20 inch wheel can go just as fast as a 27 incher with the right gear...and muscle.
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Uhh - not quite... Our DF bikes are somewhat high-end and we can average about 16 mph on our typical 10 - 20 mile rides. (We aren't exactly young racer-types) After about 40 miles on the Trek R200, my best time for our flattest 11 mile route is just under 14 mph - about the same as we used to turn in on our Giant FCR hybrids. We can't really tell how much is attributable to: A) smaller wheels, 2) less efficient components, and III) different muscles and techniques. (It took me until this afternoon to figure out that I could extend the handlebar stem so that our knees have clearance under the brake levers...) OTOH, I am beginning to get comfortable taking off - SPD pedals with MTB shoes really help since I can get my right foot off the ground and onto the pedal and begin to make circles immediately, even if it isn't quite lined up.

We may be stupid (probably) but we're also building up a Cruzbike kit using a 17" Motobecane frame and components. By the time it is assembled and ready for the first ride, we should each have at least 100 miles on the Trek, which we're hoping will reduce the learning curve for the Cruzbike.
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