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Verdict on the new bikes

Donna has made a couple of trips to work on the new bike and she isn’t sure where she stands on it. As she states, "I’m not loving it". She had a lot of the same comments about it as I did. The feel is very different than she’s used to. Shifting gears is quite different and you’re not quite sure which one you should be in as you begin to work your way up a hill. These bikes have trigger shifters rather than the paddle style of the road bikes so it’s a vastly different hand position to change gears.

The bike also needs some adjustment. The seat and handlebar position might not be where they’re supposed to be. Easy fixes but they can really throw you off.

Basically once you get used to riding one of the other bikes these feel a little odd. It should pass in time once we both get used to them.

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Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic

It takes a few minutes to get into it, but this satirical look at cycling is quite amusing. Sad thing is, far too many people have this sort of mentality.

Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic

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I finally got to ride my new bike!

I’d finished all my chores for the weekend and the weather was still nice so I took out the new road bike to see how it handles. It’s been sitting all week just waiting to go out.

It feels oh so nice to ride it. You sit nice and upright so you can casually ride along and see everything. But what’s odd is that is has all the power of road bike. The part that threw me was my feet were clipped in like I was on my Roubaix, but the handles bars were like my mountain bike. I was all manner of confused. I’m so used to riding the road bike that it felt a little odd to me at first.

But it handles really well. I stuck to our neighborhood which is actually pretty hilly and spent a good 40 minutes climbing hills. I can really throw the bike from side to side as I work my way up the hill. Plus it has some really easy gearing so actually climbing up a hill is pretty damn easy. In the back of mind though I did have that awful thought of what I would do if I ran out of steam and stalled the bike while my feet were clipped in.

It didn’t happen though, but after 40 minutes of that I was completely worn out. My legs were strained and burning. The bike was really good though. I’m really anxious to actually get out of the road and get some distance on it. I think we might take these down to the McMullen Creek Greenway in the next week or so and try them out. That’s a longer stretch but I think these bikes would be perfect for it.

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