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Difference in speed on a old road bike vs. 2000 road bike?(8 posts)

Difference in speed on a old road bike vs. 2000 road bike?scary4u
Mar 25, 2001 4:23 PM
I just came from a Spring Fling rally using a old road bike. At the Rally ,I pedal up to 18 mph with a headwind. But my average speed was 15 mph in the headwind . How much of a difference in mph will I have when I get the 2000 Road bike? The 18 mph was my maximun speed and 15 mph was my average speed on the old road bike.
re: DifferenceStarliner
Mar 25, 2001 5:23 PM
This things sounds like an elementary school math problem. Are you a teacher?

Without more info, one can't give a definitive answer. Compare specs of your old bike with those on the 2000 model -- crank length; type of pedals (toe clips on old bike? clipless on new one?); tire sizes and pressures; wheel spoke counts; smoothness of hubs; bike weights; frame materials; -- and then factor in the type of course (flat or hilly); how steady or variable your power output is; how good of a spinner you are, etc.

The 2000 bike may or may not provide you with a significant improvement in performance.
the answer is easy...Jiggy
Mar 25, 2001 5:26 PM
it's the engine that matters
the answer is easy...kip
Mar 25, 2001 5:58 PM
Yep, it's easy.....do you feel faster?
re: Differencescary4u
Mar 26, 2001 11:46 AM
No. I am not a teacher. But I am new to buying road bikes. This is my first Road bike. The old road bike is at least a 1977 or older bike. It is a Motercane Road bike with shift levers on the handle bars. The 2000 Road bike is a Raleigh R500 with a 27 drivetrain,and 9 speed, and a Shimano Tiagra shifters components. so how much of a increase in speed will I see between the two Road bike. Considering what you read earlier. Need advice .
re: Difference in speed on a old road bike vs. 2000 road bike?doc (somebody stole my name!)
Mar 25, 2001 6:21 PM
I went from a 1970 Puch to a 1999 Fuji finest ......the difference was incredible!!!! But I dont know how old your bike is but apparently 30 yrs of bike industry technology upgrading makes a world of difference and comfort too!!! everything is different....and you'll have parting pains from your old bike too....so get right on the new one and dint look back (especially if your riding you want to be looking forwards...lol)

have fun with the new one (a comment that I think really needs to be on this site more than all the "performance" comments)

have fun

-doc
With the new bike you will definitly be faster...LC
Mar 26, 2001 9:08 AM
The new bike will lighten your wallet and that saved weight will make you a lot faster!
re: Difference in speed on a old road bike vs. 2000 road bike?Bart
Mar 28, 2001 1:00 PM
No major difference all things being equal (weight,gearing,etc.).

If the new bike is lighter with better componants, your performance should improve, but by how much is impossible to know.

In addition,the new bike may be more comfortable to ride, and that could matter some.