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First 50 km Road Ridepawistik
May 15, 2003 1:51 PM
Hey folks,

I went out for my first ride with a local cycling club last night & the 50 km road ride nearly killed me. I commute every day & ride quite a few trails (with frequent breaks) but man I had a helluva time. However, I don't think I can fault the bike ('02 C'dale Cyclocross Ultra). We had a 25 mph headwind, with gusts to 31 mph. We headed out into the wind first and at first I kept pace no problem but eventually I bonked & dropped from the pack watching them pull farther & farther ahead. I was ready to quit & go home. I was tired & my arse was killing me, a really bad mental & physical state. Then a rider came up from behind & told me to hop on to his drag. He pulled me for a couple minutes & it really rejuvenated me. Although I couldn't keep up to him for long, I was in a better mental state afterwards. It wasn't long before I caught up with the others at a rest stop. It turns out I wasn't the last one, and that there was a whole group of riders a couple minutes behind me. I had tried to keep up with the fast group, leading to my eventual demise. The ride home with the wind was sure nice & made up (at least in part for the killer headwind sections & the really really sore butt).

Today I'm going saddle shopping. While I'm at it I might throw on something narrower/smoother than my current 35c rubber before next time (Saturday a.m.).

Although I was ready to quit & go home, ashamed to call myself a cyclist, I finsihed the ride on a high note. I'll be heading out with this group again and although I'll probably only do 50 km rather than the full 100 they do on Saturdays (you can do either) my endurance should improve. When I commented after the ride that it should get easier in the future someone responded that it really doesn't get much easier, just faster. Darn.

Bryan in WINDY Saskatoon.
re: First 50 km Road Ridekiwisimon
May 15, 2003 2:59 PM
Well done especially if you did it in a CX. Road bikes are designed to go fast for long periods of time and your even half hanging with them is an impressive effort. Are you aiming to hang with the main bunch eventually or just a bit dissapointed in getting dropped? A change of tyres will help a lot but remember if you want to really keep up, get a roadie. Or stop worrying cause I'm sure nearly everyone else is admiring your abilities in riding a CXer so quick.
Keep riding and you'll find that going faster can get easier esp if you don't take turns pulling. no one will mind and you'll be able to finish with the bunch. Head winds are rough, I always tuck in behind four or five bigger riders and stay there, usually gets me through and if you want to use the CX to advantage look for potholes and mud to lead the bunch through. You won't make friends quick but it helps to even the playing field a bit.Try bunny hoping kerbs to help put some distance between you and your once roadie friends. Keep riding and good luck.
re: First 50 km Road Ridepawistik
May 15, 2003 4:35 PM
I'll keep your suggestions for evening out the playing field in mind, especially if we're on a road that follows closely the local river valley. When I'm up front, I'll just veer off onto some of the singletrack & see how well the pack follows. He he.

the 48 x12atpjunkie
May 15, 2003 5:47 PM
will hurt against a 53x11. you'll have to spin faster on certain sections but gearing shouldn't be a problem. I've rode my cxer with some road groups I know are a tad slower than I am on my roadie. So fun to take pulls with semi slicks on. learn to draft well, learn to ride in a pack. The back is the most dangerous and easiest to get dropped. You'll actually get a push from the aerodynamics in the middle to mid front. Seriously, nothing worse than getting dropped in the wind. especially on a cx bike where you aren't as aero. When you get strong, do veer onto some dirt at sometime, I've done it and it's a blast!
Changing the rubber really helps!Steve_O
May 16, 2003 7:00 AM
You'd be surprised at the difference swapping out the knobbies for some nice road tires makes.

Here's an example...I normally have a 45-46 minute commute and an average heart rate of 154-156 BPM. With a swap to 700x25 tires I saw my time drop to 43 minutes and an average heart rate of 147 BPM...

I cut time and worked less hard all because of tires!
Changing the rubber really helps!D_man
May 16, 2003 10:17 AM
How many of you have invested in a second set of wheels for the road, and how many just change tires between road and offroad adventures? Right now, I'm running Michelin Sprint tires as a sort of compromise. I'm thinking that if I had two sets of wheels, I could run much knobbier tires for offroad, 25c slicks for the road, and swap them out more easily than having to change tires before a ride.
Raises hand...Steve_O
May 16, 2003 11:25 AM
I have a beater wheelset with Deore hubs and MA3 rims with the knobbies mounted up. My other set uses SunRingle hubs with Velocity rims (DeepV rear, Aerohead front).

The only issue is that I have one cassette which I swap out between the wheels. Hope to fix that soon..

Steve-O (looking at a 12-27t Ultegra Cassette now...)
I dotxcross
May 16, 2003 11:27 AM
I'm running two wheel sets.

Road - Gipiemme Tecno 032 (got a great deal) with Gommitalia Kalypso K's

Cross - Mavic 36 hole T221 with Ritchy speedmax pro's

The area I ride at lunch every day has a 1.2 mile paved loop for road riding and about 7 miles of singletrack. I will take both wheelsets with me to work and decide what kind of riding I will be doing based on my mood. Very convenient...
I doatpjunkie
May 16, 2003 12:32 PM
but I run tubies (Tufo) on race set. Other set runs Michelines (during race season, as back up) and Geax for commuting. My commute includes singletrack, grass, dirt road as well as paved.
If I want a faster ride I pull out the roadie.
Two sets of wheels herelaffeaux
May 19, 2003 11:53 AM
If I had to change the tires everytime that I wanted road versus cross tires, I don't think I'd ever switch. I was going to buy a 2nd set of wheels, but then decided for a little bit more I'd buy a 2nd bike used off of eBay. I keep 23mm road tires on one bike and 32mm cross tires on the other. Both bikes have Open Pro rims, so switching wheelsets from bike to bike is easy.