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Just bought a road bike

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I never thought this would happen because I was convinced that a road bike was not different than my Neko Trek SL.  I was deciding with Hola Snow  that since we do like to do these long rides that are not on a path that a road bike might help.  Sooo long story short we walk into a bike shop asking about used road bikes and lo and behold there are a few and in our size.  I picked up the bike and was totally shocked as to how light it was, then we tested the bikes on the road and I was blown away by the efficiency and easy to maneuver, easy flowing bike.  I was truly surprised.  Now I understand why all these people were flying by us on the seagull (I am not referring to the ones going 25-30mph).  I bought a Scott S35 and Hola Snow bought a Fuji Roubaix 3.0.  2011 models but we don't mind.  It will be a great starting out road bike.

 

Now on to do some road testing before the snow flies

post #2 of 13

Oh no. I'm still on a hybrid. Jealous. Enjoy the ride!

post #3 of 13

You did the century on a hybrid    eek.gif   even more kudos.  Yep, a dialed in road bike is very efficient.... now you just need carbon soled shoes etc...,

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Yup Taxman, I did the Seagull century three years in a row on a Hybrid! No more!

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You did the century on a hybrid    eek.gif

 

You are easily impressed. Hybrid riders can and do ride across the country, and around the world.

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You are easily impressed. Hybrid riders can and do ride across the country, and around the world.

 

Granted, and recently read a story about a retired couple who rode (unsupported) across Australia, a distance of almost 5,000kms on hard tails MTBs equiped with panniers and shod with road bias tyres. But to ride an imperial ton (100 m = 160kms) in a day is a big effort and takes a lot of time in the saddle wich would be consderably less on a road bike....  Sort of like saying I climb Mt Everest the hard way.... wearing crocs....biggrin.gif

post #7 of 13

Pandita,

 

Enjoy your new bike!

Out of curiosity, can you estimate how much speed you did gain via the switch. The question gets asked frequently and your experience is meaningful as it is recent.

post #8 of 13

Wow! Doing a century on a hybrid is like ski touring on alpine gear!!!

post #9 of 13
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HI LivingProof:

 

I will be able to tell hopefully this weekend. I haven't put the odometer on the road bike yet, but it was very noticeable.  I will post the results when I have an answer about the speed.  I too will be very curious

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HI LivingProof:

 

I will be able to tell hopefully this weekend. I haven't put the odometer on the road bike yet, but it was very noticeable.  I will post the results when I have an answer about the speed.  I too will be very curious

FWIW,

 

I own both a newer road bike and a hybryd which is an older 7 speed model. The Hybryd is presently equipped with smoother 38mm tires and used on hard surface, off-road trails. It functions very well in off season riding.  I enjoy the climbing capabilities of a triple chain-ring of the hybryd. My thinking is that there is not that much difference in the riding position  unless in the drops of a road bike bars. For sure, the tires make a big difference.

 

I've have  converted the tires on the 700 cc rims to  25 mm smoother road tires for extended rides in hilly terrain or extended rides like RAGBRAI where carrying gear became important. Sure, it's heavier and slower, but I'm not a race - I do it for training.  While I do not have a lot of recent experience on similar terrain, my belief is the speed differential is less than 2 mph with the narrower tires on level terrain, assuming the same level of work put into pedeling the bike.

post #11 of 13

Road bikes are great and Scott makes nice ones.  I have a 2007 Scott CR1 and it is very comfortable to ride.  One recommendation I have is that if the bike came with 700x23 tires, replace them with 700x25 Continental Gatorskins, Unless you race you don't need the skinnier tires and 25s provide a more comfortable ride.  I've used 700x25 Gatorskins for nearly 3 seasons now and have had maybe 2-3 flats.  And goatheads can be a problem around here in the fall.  The best price, by far, for these is usually from Pro Bike Kit in Great Britain.  They offer free shipping to the US and it has never taken more than about 10 days to get something from them.  Enjoy your bike.

post #12 of 13

Agree 100% on the tyres; went from 700x23 Gatorskins to 700x25 Gatorskin Hardshell and have not had a flat in 6 months.  The extra 2mm makes up for the slightly harsher ride or the Hardshell.

post #13 of 13
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In reference to the speed gained, I would estimate about 2 mph.  I did a quick 10 mile ride and it was effortless.  So it does make a difference.

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