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Took the new bicycle on a ride; got bugged

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Photo: Akio

I took my newly rebuilt craigslist bike out for its first ride today and am happy to say...

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It did great!

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Photo: Akio

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....

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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.

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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.

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Photo: Akio
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Drove through a LOT of gnat clouds and apparently this is the result.

Gross.

Shower time!

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