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New bike makes such a difference?(7 posts)

New bike makes such a difference?Big Al
May 18, 2001 9:14 PM
I'm relatively new to road riding. I recently upgraded from a 1988 steel Schwinn Circuit (in very good condition) to a Trek 5900.

I used to stuggle staying with the group (never pulling) and would occasionally get dropped if we sustained, say, 10 minutes at 25-26 mph on flats. Now with the new bike, I'm resting in the pack at this speed!!! At one point yesterday, when we were with a slight tailwind at 30 mph, I wanted to sprint in front!! But I've been dropped so many times that I rather be conservative for a while.

I guess the bike does make that much of a difference!!!

The factors to consider:
Went from biopace chainrings to normal ones.
Went from downtube shifters to the ergo STI type ones.
Went from 7 speed 12-25 cassette to 10 speed 11-23.
New bike has half inch longer top tube (therefore more aero position, the Schwinn was too short).
And the last factor, went from 32 spoke wheels to 20 spoke wheels.

Which is the strongest factor?
Probably the one between your ears ;-)mike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 9:20 PM
Actually, "newbikeitis" has a profound impact on speeds, at least for a time. I've been on my new bike for about 2 1/2 months now. For the first month, I was setting new personal records with almost each ride. Things have settled down a bit now, but my speeds are still better than they were on my slightly tankish old rig. I also went from 32 spoke wheels to lightweights (Xaeros), and for me they seemed to be the biggest single difference, especially climbing. My guess is that the same would hold true for you. I didn't know any Biopace rings were still in use. ;-) Enjoy the new bike, and next time take a chance and put the hammer down!
Probably the one between your ears ;-)davidl
May 19, 2001 6:29 AM
That's right, in my case. I've been riding again for about 3 months and already upgraded my wheels. I thought I was flying. Actually, the effect even works for me on almost any new equipment. I've got to install my new seatpost!
Mike, how are you liking the xaero's? (nm)keith m.
May 19, 2001 7:18 AM
I like them a lot. However,mike mcmahon
May 19, 2001 7:36 AM
I have this low-grade sense of dread about them based on all of the negative stuff I've read about Spinergy and its customer service. In the back of my mind, I keep expecting them to go to pot on my one day in the not too distant future. ;-)

With that said, I have put well over 1000 miles on them in varying conditions and they have stood up very well. I'm 180 and they seem to hold up well under my weight. They climb like a dream. Where I really notice a difference is on rides with rolling hills, which constitute the majority of my rides. Often, I find myself staying in the big ring and standing to push my way over hills that would have had me in the little ring on my old bike with the basic 32x3 set-up. Again, part of that could be mental. On the occasions when I've ridden in a side wind, I can feel it just a bit because of the aero-section rim. However, it's not enough to affect handling; it's just slightly noticeable and is the type of thing that I assume happens with any aero rim.

IMHO, the Xaeros (like many expensive wheels) look better once you peel off the big-ol' stickers that adorn them. Mine are the black model and have a nice "stealth" look without the stickers.

Thanks for asking, Mike
re: Spinergy customer service story.....IAmtnbikr
May 19, 2001 9:11 AM
Well, after reading about the Rev-X website, I found it, thankfully soon enough. My '96 Rev-X's have been used less than 1K miles on my hybrid bike which is a commuter/Burley puller for our 2 year old. Well, the front had 2 cracks eminating from rivet heads, each about 1" long. I immediately e-mailed Spinergy, and got a prompt phone call back from Larry there. While he did explain they were past the 12 month warranty period, he was very informative and helpful. I was advised on their crash/upgrade policy, which is basically 40% off list when you swap out your old/crashed wheels. So, I put the Shimano R535's from my new Raleigh R700 on my beater, and am getting Xaero's for the swap out on the Rev-X's, and they will go on the R700. Cost is to be (they are on the way, told they will be here in a week or so) about $430 according to Larry, plus I assume some shipping costs. So, yes, even non-abusive riding can damage the Rev-X's! By the way, my hybrid has a suspension fork and seatpost, as well as large 700 x 45c tires, so what is more scary is that the shock load imposed on the Rev-X's was probably far less than a small 700 x 23 road tire on a non-suspended bike. Yes, I was quite unhappy to lay out that kind of cash for a wheelset to only last 4 or 5 years, but was not totally unhappy with the service and response from Spinergy. I guess it beats paying full price again.
Thanks for the encouragement--I think? ;-) (nm)mike mcmahon
May 19, 2001 12:37 PM