I know that touring bikes aren't built for speed as much as durability/comfort/stability, but I have a question about speed.
I just picked up a Novara Randonee during the 20% off member sale - I really like the feel and I'm generally happy with the components (except the saddle and pedals)
My old bike is an older stumpjumper converted for commuting (continental contact tires and bar ends), and I was expecting a speed increase going to drops and skinnier tires on the randonee. But I'm averaging almost exactly the same speed on my 5 mile commute (16-17 mph)
I have considered it might be the tires on the randonee, with have a top pressure of 65 psi and more tread than the slicks on my mtb. Bike weight is comparable.
Do you think that as I get used to the riding position my speed will increase, or should I not expect a speed increase? Thanks for your help.