30andbroke said: I have an ‘83 Centurion it’s yellow and black and I call it the Cobra Kai. I agree about the wind and the fact that the midwest is so “flat” I call bullshit.
You are spot on with me.
Most of these ‘hills’ that I struggle with would be unnoticed by an experienced rider. At any slight change of elevation I have to build up a great head of steam, shift to a easier gear, and stand up out of the saddle just to get to the top. I need a better fitting bike and something lighter.
I also feel each imperfection in the road and my bike complains with great shuddering and a terrible clatter. I think I need to find a road bike rated for rougher travel.
If anyone knows where I could get a good road bike in exchange for my Raleigh let me know.
I took my 70’s Raleigh LTD 3 out today for the first ride of the season. I have been running a lot recently and decided to go on a longer ride so I mapped out a 20 mile loop through the farms of west-central Indiana.
I learned a few things on that trek.
1. That bike is way too small. I clipped my knees on the handlebars multiple times and looked pretty road rashed coming home with a bloody leg.
2.Either Indiana’s flatness is an exaggeration or I may need more than three gears. I swear one of the hills had a 90 degree grade.
3.You never notice the wind when it is at your back, but when it is in your face it is like riding into a wall.