Author Topic: First outside ride in 18 years  (Read 1337 times)

Martin 14

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First outside ride in 18 years
« on: July 20, 2018, 01:58:34 pm »
Having finished building the Ribble, I today finally took it out of the trainer and into the real world for first short ride. It feels so twitchy compared to the mountain bikes I have ridden in the past ( This is the first time I have had a road bike ) so I put that down to my inexperience. I also found myself using all of the gears, maybe a 13-26 cassette is too much for my 64 years! Last but not least a question, will fitting 25 x 700 tyres make any difference to the handing?

Thanks in advance

Martin
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 02:15:42 pm »
What tyres have you got on there at the moment? I think pretty much any road bike is going to feel twitchy initially compared to a mountain bike – give it a bit of time and you'll get used to it. And – go Martin!
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Porkins

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 02:33:22 pm »
Yeah, go Martin! This is inspiring. I'm 56 and haven't ridden my bike for 8 years.

Martin 14

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 02:40:29 pm »
What tyres have you got on there at the moment? I think pretty much any road bike is going to feel twitchy initially compared to a mountain bike – give it a bit of time and you'll get used to it. And – go Martin!


23 x 700....and thank you :)
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T42

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 02:41:52 pm »
Sounds good. But yeah, a 26T biggest sprocket is a bit of a ligament-buster unless you've got a very small chainring.  I ran 30/27 until 2015, now I'm on 34/32.
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Kim

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 06:06:51 pm »
If your background is mountain biking, then you're used to having sensible bottom gears.  Like road bikes don't usually have.
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Martin 14

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Re: First outside ride in 18 years
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 06:41:03 pm »
If your background is mountain biking, then you're used to having sensible bottom gears.  Like road bikes don't usually have.

Yes use to race them back in the 80s,....guess I'll just have to harden up :)
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