Fran & Nanette
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Ridin' 'round the corner in Winslow, AZ
Bikes: Gary Fisher Wingra, 30 yr old KHS Mountain Bike, Used Yakima traile
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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.