Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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First tour on my Tour Easy
Man, does the name say it all! Tour Easy. Exactly. I knew it was gonna be a much better ride than my old df, but it exceeded my expectations.
Just completed 5 days on the Texas gulf coast with a buddy. He on a df, me on my bent. We've toured together before. He was always way out ahead. Not this time. On the TE, I was able to tease him a bit. I'd drop back, then catch up and speed on past. Spent most of the tour hanging back a bit, especially when into a head wind. Affected him more than me. He made note of this several times, pronouncing the TE more aerodynamically efficient than the df.
When the road surface was smooth and wind no factor, a rare event, 14-15 mph was normal vs 12 on the df. I was packing 25 pounds of gear.
The only reason I ever toured on a df was ignorance. I look back and wonder how I ever rode that df beast thousands of miles.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me