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Maury's Davis Double report, and an upgrade question.(7 posts)

Maury's Davis Double report, and an upgrade question.MrCelloBoy
May 20, 2002 11:26 AM
It was good...
A bit windy in the AM, PERFECT temp's all day, and the wind (though still not in the best direction) calmed down a bit in the afternoon. My total time incl. rest stops, 14:45.
So that's a 13.5 mph avg., figure in 1.25 hr. total for rest stops corrects to a riding avg. of about 15mph.
I'm pleased. My favorite part was passing lot's of stretched-out Tri-dudes on the flat section on my normal road drop bar setup. They'd tuck behind me and get comfy until the next roller where I'd stand up and drop them.

It's two days later and I'm still excited about doing the Terrible Two in 5 weeks. Got my new brake shoes on, switched out the Conti 1000's for Kathy's "broken-in" Performace Forte Kevlars and ultralight tubes and re-taped the bars for the first time since '99.

Now, the big question; do I upgrade my aged 7-speed/freewheel setup to a Bontrager Race Light/9 speed cassette, Dura Ace barends and a triple crank for about a grand, or do I just cough up another $1500 for a Trek 5200 or Look Carbon bike?
tandem?DougSloan
May 20, 2002 12:36 PM
Were you on the tandem?

For TT, as you know, opt for low gears. That matters more than anything else. I'd take the low gears of a triple and a 20 pound steel bike over a 14 pound carbon bike with too-high gears any day on that course.

Doug
Regrettably...MrCelloBoy
May 20, 2002 12:43 PM
Kathy's "new" exercise asthma problem helped her decide to not do Davis on the tandem this year, but she helped support the ride, and seeing all of us having so much fun may have inspired her to do it next year (when it'll probably be 100 degrees again!)
Sounds like carbon with a triple and a 11/27 would be just the thing then. The local salesguy thought their Look KG was a bit more plush than the Trek 5200, even though it's a bit heavier. I'm droolin'!
carbonDougSloan
May 20, 2002 12:50 PM
You might consider Kestrel, too, as long as you are shopping for carbon, assuming you've ruled out Colnago. :-)

Doug
carbonMrCelloBoy
May 20, 2002 1:16 PM
I don't want to spend much more than $2500, othewise I'd be looking at a Calfee. I plan to just ride for fun after this (Triple Crown) season.
Nice weather for a change...Lon Norder
May 20, 2002 1:58 PM
Not blazing hot like the last few years and not raining like sunday. The wind was kind of weird, though. It seemed like a lot more headwinds than tailwinds. The tailwind you usually get going down Cache Creek never materialized.

It's a very well supported ride with lots of riders, which is fun. The course is nothing to write home about - especially the part after lunch. I finished in 14 hours total time, my best time for Davis.

Hmmm, tough call on your upgrade vs new bike question. Aren't there problems with the rear dropout spacing in going from 7 speed to 9 speed? Of course as a SRCC member you probably know the TT course well enough to know what gearing you need to get up those hills.
Nice weather for a change...MrCelloBoy
May 20, 2002 2:28 PM
The upgrade is actually for after the TT. I run a 28-39 low gear for all my riding. Apparently I could have my (ibis steel) frame cold-stretched to accomodate the 9-speed.

I'm leaning towards a whole bike, maybe in time for Knoxville.