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Old 10-05-19, 11:04 PM
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What's your go to bike?

it was windy and cold for todays ride.i wasn't feeling riding the df bike for a training ride .so I got out the rans f-5 high racer recumbent.its way better suited to cutting through the wind ...more aerodynamic riding position that is.....makes me wonder what others ride when they go out on a training ride when riding conditions are less than optimal....and what were the conditions that made you change bikes

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Old 10-05-19, 11:55 PM
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Darn sure not a recumbent whatever I choose. It would be my Cross Check.
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Old 10-06-19, 07:29 AM
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Wind builds character. HTFU.
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Old 10-06-19, 08:10 AM
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Light winds, generally my CF Ridley. If I'm feeling nostalgic, it's the ole Team Fuji.

Moderate winds, generally my mtn bike, unless the winds are out of the East. Mt Lemmon blocks East winds if I stay in my home area.

Heavy winds......The gym.
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Old 10-06-19, 08:29 AM
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Depends on the riding at hand. Around town on all of the trails, with all the start stops, the trike. It is so much easier since you just stay clipped in. Out on hiways on club rides, my LWB recumbent for its comfort and pain free riding.
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Old 10-06-19, 08:35 AM
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Rain might dictate which bike I choose, but not wind. Wind does not affect me. Might affect my average speed, but nothing else.

The only other thing that dictates which bike I ride is what kind of ride it is. If it's a long distance, metal to the pedal ride ...my road bikes. A short pleasure ride with the family, I hop on my Roam.

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Old 10-06-19, 08:38 AM
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My go to bike for windy conditions is one of my singlespeed MTBs with big knobby tires, riser bars mounted up high and a slack geometry. I don't care about aerodynamics.
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Old 10-06-19, 09:23 AM
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it does...but can be tiresome when its cold also
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Old 10-06-19, 09:25 AM
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My go-to daily rider is actually a Bike Nashbar carbon frame that I built up with SRAM Red. I was riding a Felt AR2, their aero bike from 2011 and the back end was so whippy and flexible that I could not even get out of the saddle without the rear wheel rubbing the brakes. I sent it back and unfortunately a long drawn-out battle ensued where they claimed there was nothing wrong with the bike. I had races coming up, didn't have a whole lot of cash to spend, and had completely disassembled the Felt prior to sending the frame off - so I did some shopping. Nashbar had their home brand carbon frame & forks on sale for only $480, so I took a chance. It came in and I was astonished at how well built and clean it was. Once built up, it rode every bit as well as a $4,800 frame & forks. I have had that silly thing now for eight years and it still rides beautifully. No markings at all, just a stealth black carbon weave. I won many races in the Masters field in GA on that bike, and every time I stood on the podium I always got a chuckle about having it leaning on the podium block in front of me, while the guys on the next two steps were usually riding bikes that probably weighed in around $5K to $7K.
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Old 10-06-19, 09:25 AM
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glad to see your not one the uptight stick in the muds that wont ride a recumbent....recumbents are the absolute kings of aerodynamics
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Old 10-06-19, 10:27 AM
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Currently I only have two bikes. For nighttime rides, if it has rained, if I need to carry something, my Norco is my choice. For fair weather fun riding, my Schwinn is my choice.
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Old 10-06-19, 11:01 AM
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I only ever ride the e-tandem. But i do plan to cocoon the solar recumbent - a weatherproof velomobile that charges itself whilst i'm at work will be great, if only it does charge enough in the sort of weather it's needed for...
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Old 10-06-19, 11:07 AM
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Cross Check.
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Old 10-06-19, 11:56 AM
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Domane SL 5 disc.
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Old 10-06-19, 12:39 PM
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I only have my 2020 Trek Marlin 6 and I have it dialed in with the handlebar setup. That is my go to bike.
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Old 10-07-19, 09:03 AM
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I keep seeing all this talk about how fast and aerodynamic recumbents are, I don't think I've ever seen one going more than 10mph. lol

Love both of my bikes, just depends on whether I'm staying on the pavement or not. Altho, I am really loving the new Tarmac, fast, comfortable and smooth, just feels good riding it. But if the roads are wet, or it might turn nasty, I'll take the gravel bike and just take it easy.

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Old 10-07-19, 09:25 AM
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Lemond Poprad, unless it is, or has been, precipitating. Then I go to my 2006 Schwinn SS DBX. It is a wonderful "do everything" bike. Aluminum frame/CF fork, relaxed road geometry, drop bars, disc brakes, compact 48/34 crankset, 12x32 cassette, fits at least 38mm tires, racks and fenders, a really nice cushy ride.
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Old 10-07-19, 09:27 AM
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Hmmm.my "go to" bike is the next one I am going to ride. The last bike ridden was my "came from" bike. (They can be the same.)

My bikes have different purposes. Yes, there is overlap, but often the ride decides the bike. Or just how I am feeling that day. If I want to go high-end, to I go geared or fix gear? (Same choice if I want to take a winter/rain/city bike.) And I have an old Raleigh Competition with geometry from 80 years ago. Classic double butted Reynolds 531 so a fine ride but nothing like any modern bike.

I've settled into these 5 bikes, probably for a while since they are all fine rides for their respective purposes, work really well, fit like dreams and are fun rides. And very different. (I sometimes get out on the driveway and realize, no I want to ride "that bike", go inside and swap bikes and shoes.)

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Old 10-08-19, 02:06 AM
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It was a 1989 KHS Montana Summit up until a couple years ago.
I lost a bit of motion in my hips and can't get my leg over it no more.

These days my go-to ride is a 2017 Miami Sun (Traditional) trike with the 7 speed and rear disk brake options that I bought new in the fall of 2017.
Ashamed I am to admit I've only put 2500 miles on the trike so far.
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Old 10-08-19, 03:15 AM
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What's your go to bike?
Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Rain might dictate which bike I choose, but not wind. Wind does not affect me. Might affect my average speed, but nothing else.

The only other thing that dictates which bike I ride is what kind of ride it is. If it's a long distance, metal to the pedal ride ...my road bikes. A short pleasure ride with the family, I hop on my Roam.
I have previously posted:
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As a cycle commuter with convenient Commuter Rail alternative, I check Weather.com forecasts starting five days prior. On the day of a ride, if it looks questionable I check current Doppler to decide, and depending on the conditions if I ride in the rain I use my beater road bike.

For a recreational ride or extended training ride, I probably wonít go.
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The Doppler looked threatening, and sky was cloudy at 6 AM in Kenmore Square, so I took the beater bike and brought my rain gear to Norwood, but got no rain. In any case I have the rain bike to take home to keep the road bike clean if it still rains later.

Just this year [2009] inspired by BF I have accepted riding in the rain. I used to consider it a game: if I rode and it rained, or I didn't ride and it didn't rain, I lost; if I rode with no rain or didn't ride and it rained, I won.

Now I win or lose depending if I ride with the appropriate bike: beater in the rain, road bike when dry.
My preference for "dry" roads extends to those I consider "damp," with no puddles and no active rain.
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Old 10-08-19, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
I keep seeing all this talk about how fast and aerodynamic recumbents are, I don't think I've ever seen one going more than 10mph. lol
Ha Ha, this made me chuckle. Itís true all the recumbents in my area ride in the C groups. Occasionally, Iíve seen them in a B group. Never in a A group.
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Old 10-08-19, 11:21 AM
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Light winds: Tricked out Emonda ALR with deep section (50mm carbon) wheels
Moderate winds: Tricked out Emonda ALR with deep section (50mm carbon) wheels, might even go for a segment KOM or PR
Heavy winds: Tricked out Emonda ALR with deep section (50mm carbon) wheels will go for a segment KOM or PR
Crazy/dangerous winds: Tricked out Emonda ALR with deep section (50mm carbon) wheels will fake sick to get out of work to go hunt a particularly challenging KOM

Rain/extreme cold: (As long as there're no juicy winds) Spesh Tarmac Expert indoor on Zwift (if we're getting technical, Zwift Concept/Tron bike)
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Old 10-08-19, 11:27 AM
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it's usually the last one I rode. meaning I know it's in ride-ready condition & my trunk has the right sized tubes

last week was trying to decide which bike to ride. the tech that installed my front derailer cable on my road bike said he "tightened the brakes a little". squeezing the handles they felt fine but when I spun the front wheel I heard an occasional something. not really a rub, wasn't the magnet sound of the wheel magnet passing the computer sensor either. but it's something. so, I'm gonna have to take a look & maybe have another tech true the wheel? I know I have to level the saddle that keeps moving as well. so annoying. so when it came time to grab a bike, it was the MTB
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Old 10-08-19, 01:47 PM
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Go To in the wind...

... is a racing geometry road bike. I try to minimize the wind effects by tucking as much as possible, so I ride the biggest drop most aero bikes when in the wind.

Wind and rain is another story. Then, it's my commuter with water resistant panniers and a cover over my handlebar bag. I'll be wet, but my gear won't. Mostly. In an absolute deluge, everything will be wet.
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Old 10-08-19, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
I keep seeing all this talk about how fast and aerodynamic recumbents are, I don't think I've ever seen one going more than 10mph. lol

Love both of my bikes, just depends on whether I'm staying on the pavement or not. Altho, I am really loving the new Tarmac, fast, comfortable and smooth, just feels good riding it. But if the roads are wet, or it might turn nasty, I'll take the gravel bike and just take it easy.
or a df rider going over 20mph without drafting somebody.....now that's rare
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