Okay, for the bike ride case study we’ve met Brendon. Now let’s take a look at the bike.
Don’t get me wrong, Avanti make terrific bikes. But this old girl is heading for retirement.
He would benefit greatly from a newer, more flexible bike.
We did a simple weight test and my guess is the Avanti is probably 3 kilos heavier than today’s bikes. And that’s a lot of extra weight to be pushing along for 1,000 km.
With the gear levers on the frame he would also be losing a lot of time changing gear, as well as moving into uncomfortable positions.
An Absolute Must When Buying A New Bike
The absolute must when buying a new bike is to get measured by a professional and get the right sized bike based on that. Your bike needs to fit properly.
Pedals Are Good
Brendon’s pedals and clip-ons are top class. No problem there.
He uses a Cateye Odometer that gives the usual:
- Top Speed
- Average Speed
It also provides Cadence (speed at which the pedals turn) – measured in RPM. Cadence measurement is especially important as on longer rides you can tend to lose sight of what RPMs you are doing – with a subsequent loss of power.
Safer Without Aero Bars
For the group riding he’ll be doing I’ve also suggested he’ll be better off, and a lot safer, without the aero bars. Sure, they might save a bit of time downhills but when things go wrong you want your hands near the brakes.
For riding in groups this is a must.
Good Fuel Carrying Capacity
If you’re riding for longer than 2 hours you need to be able to carry at least 2 bidons. The double bidons for off the saddle retail at around $40.
Get Thee To A Bike Shop
I was talking with Brendon’s wife (Mel) today and found out he has broached the subject of buying a new bike. Mel’s so lovely she has probably already bought him a new one (you owe me one Brendon!).
If you’re on the Gold Coast and looking for a new bike, here are some places to go:
John’s Cycles at Nobby Beach. John has a great range of quality bikes and gear. Ph: 07 5575 4177
Palm Beach Super Cycle – Roger’s your man there. Knows bikes inside out. Ph: 07 5598 3372
Mike’s Bikes at Miami on the highway. Ph: 07 5535 8799
The above 3 are within about 10 km of each other on the Gold Coast Highway.