I still don’t have a computer on the Trek (but I did order a B17 and a frame pump for it). Anyways, I did 4.5 miles (out and back) of my usual route to City Island. It’s a mostly quiet residential streets, much nicer than that abominable Carlisle Pike.The weather was pretty nice, but not nice enough for shorts. My total disdain for fashion and style served me well, as you can see from the pictures.
Besides showing off my sexy ankles, this method keeps the chain from chewing up my pants.
The Trek handles a lot different from the Lemond. In some ways I like it better, in other ways, it’s really lame. I do like the 27″x1.25″ Tires, just enough cushiness without being slow. The downtube shifters are really hard to get to in a hurry, so I find myself shifting less. I was surprised how many times I was reaching for my (nonexistant) STI, only to think ’screw it, it’s not worth reaching all the way down there to shift.’
The Trek also has Biopace chainrings, which don’t seem to make any difference at all, as far as I can tell. If I hadn’t looked at them, I never would have known they weren’t round.
The gearing doesn’t feel as low as it is in the Lemond, which made my climb up Slate Hill a challenge. My hill climbing abilities are laughable, but I made it to the top without getting off to push. my HR pegged out at 172bpm, which is the highest I’ve ever seen it.
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Distance: 9.12 miles