- I know...that my bike is a commuter/hybrid bike, very heavy and not a racing bike.
- I know...that I would go a lot faster if I weighed a lot less.
- I know...that my new tires are pretty basic LBS (local bike shop) tires and nothing to brag about.
I am so excited because after the past few months of more intensive training (first running, then cycling), I am already getting faster on my bike. After about two years of staying at the same approximate pace, I am now regularly riding about 2.3 mph faster. On a proper road (racing) bike, my pace would be much faster. But on my tank-like bike, I am really starting to see increased speed. Could be the intensity, could be the increased mileage. Either way, it is a great feeling.
So, I am expecting that the new tires will also help with speed. They are somewhat lighter, thinner, and have less tread and rolling resistance than my old tires. And then there is the "placebo effect"...I will GO faster, because I think the tires will make me go faster. It's like I'm a 7-year-old and just got a new pair of sneakers...Hey Dad, watch how fast I can run!
|Old: Continental's Double Fighter II|
|New: Continental's CityRide|
Someday, I may go for a road bike and enjoy the speed that comes with it. But for now, I love that I can use the same bike for monthly mileage, trips to the store and "packed-dirt" bike paths with the kids...all on one bullet-proof bike.
Good times. Keep moving everyone!