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:


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
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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