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Almost like a new bike

Old 04-23-08, 09:30 AM
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Almost like a new bike

Over the winter, I converted my Spec Sequoia from its Sora/Tiagra 8-speed config to a full 105 triple drivetrain. Yes, yes, I know it wasn't cost-effective vs. a new bike, but I had my reasons (including just enjoying putting together my own stuff). Anyway, a couple of days ago I took it out for the first time and was amazed at how much of a difference it makes, including:
  • Not having the feeling of needing an "in between" gear, or having to change rings to find the right gearing for a situation.
  • A front derailleur that shifts flawlessly. I was always having to tweak the old one to get it to shift right to all 3 rings, which was always tricky.
  • Smoother rear shifting, with just a "click" instead of "ker-*****".
  • Downshifting 3 cogs at once, which is sometimes needed when coming to a sudden rise.

On top of that, I came into road riding from trail riding and had been wearing semi-baggy MTB-type shorts up to now. Monday was my first ride in my Louis Garneau roadie bibs (bought via much advice from this forum) and I am now totally sold on having the right riding gear.

Like I said, I felt like a seasoned rider on a new bike. Now for my next upgrade I guess I'll have to go with full carbon, so I'm saving my pennies for an all-new bike in the next year or two!
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