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How difference to expect

Old 06-12-00, 11:48 PM
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I have been cycling with my buddy for about a year.
We try to ride as often as we can for fun as well as
for health benefits. We started with mountain/comfort
type bikes and have increased our rides from the original
10 mile ride up to 60 miles. We are now about to buy road bikes to help increase our speed and distance on our rides.
My question is how much improvement in our speed and distance can we expect. We are looking at buying the Schwinn
Super Sport Sl, 853 Reynolds, Triple (ultegra), and a somewhat relaxed geometry. This bike is about 21 lbs. with pedals compared to my current bike this is feather weight.
Do you feel a road type bike will be a big improvement for
us. Would appreciate your opinions before we spend the money
to hopefully improve our rides.
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It sounds o me you are in the sport for enjoyment and excercise. Road riding in my opinion will get you a bit more fit. But again since you are in the sport for enjoyment do what you like. I reccomend trying road riding. Many tend to like it. I personally do both and anjoy both the same. All as long as I have good company. Now retired from competitive cycling I look for friends to have a great time.

As far as buying a bike? Try to get either quality steel or aluminum. Parts try to go with at least Shimano 105 or Campagnolo Veloce. Later on if you get hooked you will know a bit more.
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When I swithed from a MTN to a road bike this summer, it felt as if the bike was flying. (The only thing slowing it down was me) I could almost instantly go a couple mph faster. It took a little longer to go farther- took some time to get used to the bike. But at 60 miles you are already riding farther on a MTN bike than I ride on my road bike. I did NOT buy a top of the line bike, figuring if I really liked it -I could always buy a better bike in a couple of years.
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~3 MPH, assuming knobbies on your old bike.
"The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
~3 MPH, assuming knobbies on your old bike.
At least 3 MPH, I was riding a Specialized Rockhopper MTB with 2.1 inch super knobby tires got on a road bike and was like holy S%$T! How much?
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