[CR]Significantly faster on a newer bike?...only in some perspectives

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From: Tom Sanders <tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 06:00:17 -0400
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Subject: [CR]Significantly faster on a newer bike?...only in some perspectives

I would have to agree with John Barron's post when he recently said he was significantly faster on a new bike. However, I doubt it is purely the bike. It is only common sense to say that if it is a few pounds lighter that it takes less effort to propel it. But, it is not all that much lighter in most cases...if you carry two water bottles on it instead of one, for instance, the weight difference is largely gone. I do feel that I get around on my longer rides a bit quicker on modern bikes than my older ones. I also feel that the difference is a lot more related to having modern indexing and ergo set ups on these bikes. It keeps me in the right gears more easily, especially in heavy wind. I am a tiny bit more likely to be in the right gears on hills. However, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if I were to put modern components like I have on my Sachs 25th Ann bike on, say, my older Mooney, Masi 3V or the Paramounts, I would achieve much the same results, time wise. The bikes themselves are still bikes that require a good set of legs to make good time on...there is nothing magical about Carbon or Ti...they are just a bit lighter. A bit. They gain little in the way of better geometry, the tires are negligible in difference...you can put great tires on just about any older bike...and many folks do...classic riders often are running tubulars or some really decent clinchers. A more modern bike may have something like Zipp wheels, here again this is a decent weight savings...they are butt ugly, and other than this, they could be put on a classic bike, with a little planning. I think there are two things going with these modern bikes besides the obvious weight savings, one is the psychological ...the person feels like he is really spending money and effort on as fast a bike as they can get and this makes them feel a bit like King Kong. The other more significant benefit is in components...and these could be put onto a more classic bike, it is an aesthetic choice to keep the older or original stuff on them. Some of us do hot rod our bikes up a bit...It is my old legs that keep me from passing these college kids on my rides, not my old bikes. There is a lot of grey in the beards of most of us classic bike riders, it has been noted. I am glad that next year Campagnolo Record will be available again in a silver finish instead of black only...I just might put some of it on a vintage bike for the fun of it (especially those sexy skeleton brakes!)...I am much more impressed by modern components than I am by modern styles of
bikes.
Tom Sanders
Lansing, Mi USA