Didn't get a chance to ride the newly rebuilt bike until yesterday.
Did a 42-miler, setting 27 PR's on the route on Strava, with 396w peak output. Didn't go really hard all the time, mostly mid-level efforts, but did pull a small group periodically and also stood up to push it a few times to see what sprints felt like with the bigger gearing.
We're having huge heat and winds in San Diego this week, so we encountered some brutal head and side winds throughout much of the ride. I'm going out at 6:15am tomorrow to see if I can get some better air.
I got into the 28T cog just once to try it briefly but it was far too large for what I needed. Didn't even get into the 24T other than one medium climbing stretch before dropping down a cog or two and standing up to bring the pace up.
Mixing in some moderate climbs tomorrow, will see if I need that 28. Betting it's really not going to get much use until I get to serious mountain training, which isn't going to be for a couple months yet. Kind of nice knowing it's there, I guess, but I'm really going to be spending 90%+ of my time in the 11-21 range it seems.
Btw, the mid-compact is great, really like it so far. That 36 smaller ring is so useful. And the 52 versus the 50 I had is damned fast. I did a 40 rev sprint in the 50-11 and got really movin'.
Once I get lighter and in much better condition, I'll swap the 53-39 on and should be flying by comparison to where I am now. My avg mph and power output continues to go up, but I'm still far below where the faster guys in the area are. If I can drop 15 lbs, that'll make a noticeable difference, especially on the hills!
Edited by Super D - 5/2/14 at 10:26pm