YTD – 572.24
MTD – 90.46
Today – 16.06
My good friend Tim made me quite an offer to let me borrow his Classic Bridgestone RB-1. This is every bit the road bike I have been wanting to try.
Good – immediate, palpable increase in speed. An increase of 4.5-5 MPH in the flats (+25%)
Bad – sore bum, sore neck, sore hips.
Granted some of this will be addressed with tweaking some aspects of the setup. Also, my normal bike is very much an upright bike. I am not used to the angles required to grab the handlebars at all on this bike. The funny thing is I had felt that the seat on my normal bike was a little skimpy…now I know its not! I did not really improve my time overall because I was dealing with some of the awkwardness of a road bike setup (where are those brake levers again!). The differences in feel regarding wobbliness are very pronounced when you are normally riding fat 26 x 1.5 tires. Everything on the RB-1 feels like it happens faster, like there is a decided lack of forgiveness. I am going to head to the hills today and give that a shot. I have a “choose your own destiny” ride plotted in my head. That way if hill #1 proves untenable I can bail to a flat finish. If it goes good I can proceed to a real test.