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Do you own a "slow" bike? (Bridgestone RADAC)

Old 02-27-17, 03:08 PM
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Do you own a "slow" bike? (Bridgestone RADAC)

I've had a Bridgestone RADAC for many years that I kind of inherited. I've tinkered with it here & there but never came up with a way to make it feel right until recently. It's kind of an odd dog - it's a 57cm frame but the top tube is 55cm.

So now that I've come up with a combo of stem, bars and brake levers that make it feel right I've come to the conclusion that it's a slow bike. Bottom bracket flex is quite noticeable under moderate pedaling pressure and seems to soak up my effort. I'll get on one of my other steel bikes after riding this and they feel SO responsive!

Anyone else have a bike that just doesn't go when you want to go?

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Old 02-27-17, 03:16 PM
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I commute, run errands, do some "gravel grinding" and fully loaded touring on my LHT. I wouldn't call it zippy, but it's not supposed to be. It gets the job it was designed to do done, and done well.


Now this, on the other hand, is not slow:
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Old 02-27-17, 03:30 PM
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Basically all my bikes would be classed as "slow" because my priorities are elsewhere.....and I'm slow.
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Last winter I put my first set of studded snow tires on my MTB commuter. As i had snowed earlier I dropped the pressure down to 15psi, which worked great on the snow, but not so good on pavements. Between the tread, the studs and the low pressure it was a slog! Pumped 'em back up to 50psi...tolerable, but nothing to write home about (although the letter might arrive before I do). I run 25-30psi for dry, but icy. Suomi Nokian 26x1.65 W106's.
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Old 02-27-17, 03:54 PM
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I guess I'm asking if there's anything inherently slow about a bike and can't be fixed.

I have a Trek 950 drop bar MTB commuter with high psi tires that weighs a ton but it feels faster than this aluminum Bridgestone.
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I've only got one bike currently, but among all the bikes I've been on, some were definitely faster than others.
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Just Sing 'Don't Worry Be Happy' and Abide Dude..

I have a road bike, C&V, but never ride it.

ride the heavy one with the racks, & lock on It, KS, Mudguards, Dynamo LED Lights , etc..
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On the contrary, I only own one "fast" bike. My Schwinn, Miyata, and Scott all pudge along, and it has never bothered me, despite knowing how much faster I am on the Peugeot. It is ridden far less than those three.

If I wanted to go fast, I'd buy a motorcycle! I agree with @kickstart 100%
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I am old and cranky so I gave up on trying to get anywhere on time. Besides I do not really have much to do now in retirement. Get off my lawn!
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