For last week’s local group ride I decided to give it a go on my 35ish pound mountain bike turned commuter with fenders and 2.35” tires. I’d done the group rides last year and the groups usually split into the A group and the B group and I figured I could drop back into the B group if necessary. Also, these early season rides tend to be slower than some of the ones later in the season.
I showed up and was told I brought the wrong bike but I told them I was going to give it a try. There were 3 other riders and probably 2 of their bikes together weighed the same as mine. Still unfazed, I knew I’d been riding through the winter and I’d ridden and dropped the leader of the group last year.
We started off on our ride and I was able to hold my own pretty well but about ½ way through I was starting to notice the hills getting a little steeper and it was a little harder for me to hold my own. Luckily, there was one other rider in the group that hadn’t been on a road ride – ever. I was able to hold with the leaders for most of the ride and we would wait for the fourth rider every now and then. Finally, the leader of the group dropped back to ride with the beginner and 2 of us went on to finish the ride.
At the end of the ride I hadn’t had my ass handed to me but I learned that my “low rolling resistance” tires “balloon tires” weren’t really any comparison for a 1” wide racing tire on a 17lb road bike. This week I took my own 17lb bike and was able to hold my own.
Hold the chips.