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One month with the new bike - progress report

Old 11-25-07, 10:02 AM
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One month with the new bike - progress report

Hello all

I got my new bike assembled just a month ago. First new bike since 1990. Some findings:

I wondered whether new kit would make a difference - after all, I was never disappointed with my 17 year old lugged steel Specialised. Findings - wow, it's good!

Climbs like a completely different thing - every pedal stroke bounds it up the road
Makes me just want to ride it - 400 miles on it so far. The older one just didn't give me the same compulsion
Shifting with Ultegra on the brake levers - so immediate and convenient, I'm always in the right gear. Reaching for down tube shifters, I now realise, made me shift much less and so I tolerated less than ideal cadence
Going back to the old one is still good - very stable, very strong, will still be the touring bike of choice, and I much prefer its brakes - R600 levers fit my hands better and the stoppers seem better in braking power, lightness and modulation
Going back to the tandem is just plain weird. Still a good bike - but the geometry is different. Feels like my hands are in my hips! I think that I've spent so much of the month dialling the position by fractions of a centimeter on the new bike that I'm now hyper-sensitive to position - never used to care much before so long as it was more or less ok.
I got dropped on my new bike with the fast group first time out - made me a little disappointed and wonder whether I'd bought something that wasn't going to make any difference. But I guess I was unused to the bike and babying it a bit. Last Friday and yesterday, 3 hours each with the fast group (although the fastest of the fast group were doing a triathlon, so it wasn't quite so 'lungs out the ears' as it sometimes has been), and then out again with the 'all-comers' group that I'm encouraging for a steady 12 mph for a couple of hours - with apple pie and icecream at the turning around point

Wow, I love this new bike. Plus, it has a bit of white in the paint job, so no regrets there either

Thanks to all co-dependents who encouraged the purchase when I was dithering!
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Old 11-25-07, 07:29 PM
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New bikes are great. Enjoy!
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Old 11-26-07, 07:07 AM
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Sounds like the new bike is a winner. Too bad about the white though -- maybe you can cover it up with some black electrical tape.
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