I collected my new bike today, my first ever road bike, my first ever set of dropped handlebars. It was built by Langdale Lightweights a small company based about a mile away from me.
I have taken it out for a spin this evening and it really suits my long back and short legs.
Why is it better than my mountain bike, a town bike, or the road bike I have been borrowing? The answer of lots of small things, including: it is light, there is a long stretch from the seat to the handlebars, my feet are clipped into the pedals, it has 3 gears at the front and 10 at the back (allowing my to keep my leg speed high, well relatively high), the frame is rigid, allowing the power from the pedals to be transferred into propulsion, rather than being lost in flexing. Specifically it is a touring bike, not a racing bike (too uncomfortable) and not a hybrid (not efficient enough).
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