I think you should be fine so long as you have the bike in decent shape (e.g. chain lubed, no dragging brakes, etc). If the ride is very hilly, you might want to make sure the gearing is ok for you.
Assuming you can ride the distance, you'll be fine in doing the trip on this bike. If you feel you might slow them down a little bit or feel you just want to make it a little easier then you might want to consider good quality road tyres with less rolling resistance.... However, if your friends are faster and can't wait for you.... well, it might be better just to let them go ahead anyway.
Other things that might help? Don't carry excess weight, keep well hydrated and fed and be organized (e.g. do you have a front bag you can easily get your sunglasses/camera/snacks from?) Waiting around while someone tries to find their camera or sunglasses can be frustrating for them.
I know those points aren't really bike related, but if your friends are faster than you -and your bike isn't the fastest rolling bike to be honest -cutting down on non-cycling time can help. That's of course if you want to do that, as sometimes it's nice to smell the roses and go at your own pace.
Hey, good luck!
Originally Posted by so.anyways
I'm totally new to cycling in the last 2 years. A friend lent me a road bike to get me started and I've just (in the last 6 months) bought a road bike of my own: 1970s Fuji Grand Tourer. I've been a commuting rider for the last 2 summers (about 3-4 miles each way) and longer rides (30-60miles) on the weekends. This same friend talked me into doing DALMAC (a 5 day supported trip from Lansing, MI to the Mackinac Bridge). Now he (owns a Cannondale road bike, late 90s) and my fiance (owns a 2005 carbon Trek road bike) are worried about me on my beast of a steel bike (oh yeah, it's a 63cm frame). So here are my questions:
-Should they be worried?
-Should I be worried?
-I don't have the cash to buy a new bike in the next month. What improvements can I make to my bike that I'll appreciate on day 5 of the trip?
I have hybrid tires on it now. Is it worth it to put real road tires on?
I just bought a new saddle that I'm happy with and rewrapped the handlebars.
Any advice is totally welcome. Thanks!