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165Re: [mecklenbent-riders] The Raven

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  • Jerry Morris
    Oct 6, 2009
           sounds like you have been busy and a new ride is in the works.  i checked out the tourdetuck website and it sounds like a killer ride, both in beauty and in difficulty.  when might we get to see the new ride?  great report on the 2 choices, cant wait to see the finalist.
      dave and marta.....  how did the rnc go??  drop the group a blow by blow when you get healed and are ready for more abuse.  still playing with the idea of the tour de pig this weekend.  if i can get the heel pain gone i will be up for it despite my lack of riding lately.  tim will be working but there may be other medic employees joining the ride. 
      i have also noticed a lot more activity on the silver comet site lately so we may have a few added locals if we do a ride there.  the trail is currently broken near the 15 m mark but it may be fixed fairly soon since that is a heavily traveled area.  if it is not we can portage around it or just go out and back.
      ride safe,

      --- On Mon, 10/5/09, philip.bissette <philip.bissette@...> wrote:

      From: philip.bissette <philip.bissette@...>
      Subject: [mecklenbent-riders] The Raven
      To: mecklenbent-riders@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, October 5, 2009, 11:16 AM

      I rode the Carbent Raven at Amling's Cycle in Niles IL, about 20 miles from downtown Chicago. The bike is awsome. It weighs less than 20 lbs, the frame is very stiff and efficient and the bike is extremely comfortable. It had some SRAM carbon fiber wheels on it which made it even faster. Incredibly smooth, fast etc. My only complaint is the steering and shifting setup, but that would be easy to remedy.

      All that said, I'm probably going to go with the Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2. I rode the CA about a month ago in Greenville. That bike was a little too small for me so it's hard to get a good comparison but it feels very comparable to the Raven, if not quite as light. I would say the Raven has the edge but I don't think I can live with the Raven's fixed (non-removable, non-adjustable, difficult to repair etc.) seat.

      Also, my brother and I did this route last Tuesday. I don't recommend this to be your first century ride in several years - I'll just leave it at that. WWW.TourdeTuck. com

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