I took my newly rebuilt craigslist bike out for its first ride today and am happy to say...
It did great!
Performance was... different than the World. My first half speed was slower than expected, hovering around 16MPH, whereas on the world I’m usually in the mid-17s, which sounds fast until I mention it is a mild downhill. Weirdly my speed on the return trip was in the mid-17s on the new bike, whereas I usually see mid-13s on the World....
Either way, average for the whole trip was 14.9 MPH, which is a full 1.3 MPH faster than the last, similar, ride on the World.
This was also my first trip using a cadence sensor. On the out I was between 75 and 80 RPM. At my midpoint stop I googled it and... apparently around 90 is a good goal? On the way back I kept it to around 85, but any faster felt odd.
The tube mounted shifters took a second to get used to again. These are in the same place as the Varsity (the World’s are on the stem), which I haven’t been riding much, but the larger frame size means they’re quite a bit more of a reach! Still, they worked like a dream, even though I suspect they’ll need re-adjusted soon due to cable stretch.
Overall, successful trip!
Until I got back and realized I am COVERED IN BUGS.
Drove through a LOT of gnat clouds and apparently this is the result.