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which litespeed? long distance/time, century+, brevets, etc.(12 posts)

which litespeed? long distance/time, century+, brevets, etc.Haiku d'état
Aug 22, 2001 11:14 AM
i'm considering the georgia brevet series next spring/summer, as well as some longer distance rides next season. all of these are likely to have a bit of climbing (brevet series is 8000 in 200k to 22,500 ft in 600k), and will very likely be done without much pack riding or drafting (as will the majority of my training).

I have an associate with a foot in the door at litespeed or thereabouts, with seemingly dumbfounding prices. i'll never be able to rationalize or afford a lifetime ride like the c40 et al., but think i might make up the difference with this contact.

i'm not asking for a critique of their bikes versus another brand, nor a list of cons/pros, or a litespeed-bashing, but a suggestion for the type of riding i'm working toward (please).

am i out of my mind looking at the saber or blade for this type of riding? or best to stick with something like the
p.s. this was a haiku-free post, at least when it started nm/nhHaiku d'état
Aug 22, 2001 11:15 AM
re: which litespeed? long distance/time, century+, brevets, etc.jtolleson
Aug 22, 2001 11:20 AM
For long distance rides, each of the Litespeed offerings you've mentioned will be very very stiff. The perks of responsiveness are great, but for me (I ride mostly long distance events and do not race) I chose the Catalyst. That particular bike is not in the Litespeed lineup anymore (ended in 1998 I think), but I think the Tuscany is a close equivalent in the current crop, as is the Classic (which is LS's most popular and enduring for a reason).

You'll love it, Dah-link!
Blue Ridge or AppalachianMB1
Aug 22, 2001 11:20 AM
For a Brevet Series and training for the series you just might find the gear ranges, brakes and fender capability extremely useful.

It ain't the bike (it's the fenders).
Blue Ridge or Appalachianjtolleson
Aug 22, 2001 11:27 AM
These offerings are built for loaded touring, with cantilever brakes and braze-ons. They are the heaviest in the Litespeed lineup (though still lighter than what many of us rode just 8 years ago or so...) Long stable wheel base, comfortable. There will be a possible performance tradeoff for climbing... I'd still go Tuscany or Classic unless you plan to also do any loaded touring.

As for gears, Litespeeds are sold frame only and you can make your own choices (ie., decide if you need the triple that most folks would put on the Blue Ridge, for example).
no touring, lots of climbing and solo distance. nmHaiku d'état
Aug 22, 2001 11:31 AM
Brevets have hills and go on rain or shine.MB1
Aug 22, 2001 11:42 AM
Long wheelbase, stable comfortable ride. Sounds like the perfect bike to ride all day and all night in all sorts of weather. If you are thinking about a Brevet series you see people riding with all sorts of junk added to their bikes to try to match what the Blue Ridge or Appalachia can do.

Try climbing to Big Flat with 200K left to go in a 600K. And then descending in the rain. In the dark.

Why do they do it? Why do I do it?

Whatever you do get a bike you like. It is a good idea to check out the bikes people are using on the rides you would like to do.
re: which litespeed? long distance/time, century+, brevets, etc.bladecycling
Aug 22, 2001 3:54 PM
I do centuries, and have done longer ride's solo with my lightspeed Blade. It is also my time trial, and every day ride. It all depends on what position you like most while riding. I spend 80% of my time on my areo bars so i like the forward position. I also live where there are many climbs, and don't have a problem. Like I said it's all what you feel the best on.
thanks, all...guess i'll just hafta ride 'em and see!Haiku d'état
Aug 23, 2001 5:11 AM
tell ya what, though, that blade sure is nifty lookin!
O.K. where is our "I want a new ride" haiku? nmMB1
Aug 23, 2001 6:25 AM
yew axed ferretHaiku d'état
Aug 23, 2001 12:41 PM
trying to temper
new bike fever-driven urge
with my bank account

five thousand clam bike
but dear, thing of the discount
wife sends flying shoe

bad timing, buying new house
with three car garage

garage: two car bays
and one for the bikes and weights
the haiku bike shop

i'd save for a year
to get titanium "blade"
litespeed lay-away

if favorable,
bike gods smile upon wallet
soon: haiku litespeed
2 thumbs up! nmMB1
Aug 23, 2001 1:01 PM