I bought a new road bike over the weekend, a Specialized Roubaix. My old bike was a 7-8 year old tank of a mountain bike, and I realized I never use it off road. After trying a friend’s road bike, I decided to take the plunge. Of course, as I was signing the credit card receipt, it began to rain, and continued to rain pretty much the rest of my available weekend. I took advantage of the brief pockets of sun and rode for 10 miles on Saturday and 25 miles on Monday. Yeah, I got rained on both times, but it actually felt good. The bike definitely didn’t handle as well in the rain, though, so I don’t plan to make a habit of that.
This thing just rides so much nicer than the mountain bike. It’s less effort and I can go faster for longer. I am riding the LATE Ride this Saturday for the third time. The route goes back through the neighborhoods this year, as opposed to Lake Shore Drive last year. I love watching the sunrise along the lake shore path. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it. I may use my mountain bike just in case there is some rougher road with pot holes and such. Gimme at least a few weeks to baby the new bike.