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New Bike Impact

New Bike Impact

I have been riding an older chro-moly road bike with clip on aerobars for the past two triathlon seasons. This Schwinn Passage has been very respectable for allowing me to train and race. While I never was able to average over 19 miles an hour in a race or training session even in my best shape, it was a perfect starting bike and one I’m hoping to keep to use on the leisurely family rides.

So this week with the blessing of my wonderful wife, I upped for a new triathlon bike. Here are the specifications:

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Spec Name LeMond Limoges
Frame LeMond Dual Zone 6066 Aluminum Triathlon
Fork LeMond Triathlon Aero Carbon w/ Trip Strips
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Select Aero
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Bontrager Race Lite, 700 x 23c
Crankset Bontrager Race GXP
Chainwheel 53/39
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105 10-speed, 12-25
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace, bar-end control
Handlebars Bontrager Race Bullhorn w/Profile Aerolite Clipon bars
Stem Bontrager Race
Brake Levers Cane Creek BL2000TT
Brakes Cane Creek SC3
Saddle Bontrager Select TT
Seat Post http://need2tri.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=59&message=7
Bontrager Race Carbon

While some of the components lack some to be desired (especially the wheelset), it is a significant upgrade over the previous road bike I was using. My first ride yesterday was a good, windy ride that averaged almost 19 miles an hour. While still no where near the speed I want to be, I noticed a significant difference going up hills and maintaining a strong speed. While I couldn’t get the bike to go any faster down hill (the benefits of heavier tires I suspect), the saving energy in the other areas and maintaining speed on the longer flats is well worth it.

I’ll keep you posted as the training continues.

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