I was wondering if I should bring my new bike or an old DT shifter bike. I rode the PX10 sat am to "take it easy" on a strained muscle but ended up running a Belgian wheel for miles on end. However for 70 miles with pacelines, I don't know if I want DT shifters and sluggish Mafac brakes - almost got taken out by a new guy Sat too. If this is a "look at the pretty water" with lots of stops then the Mercier could be ready by then. I guess it depends on how hard we'll ride?
dmar... Ive done the tourdelakes several times. It will thin out quickly. You might have a group if you stick with one, and there are a couple of pretty stalwart hills in there, but nothing IMPOSSIBLE. They will be short and severe if anything. Plus... its not as if the lakes are all sightseeing anyway... you go through lakewood.... meh... and then hit blue springs lake, etc... nothing extraordinary and honestly much of the ride is far enough away from the water, I think your fears about sightsee-erz is pretty much unwarranted.
I would think the longest hill would be about Highgrove size or so, and the steepest pitches will be around Blue Springs lake. Up to you brotha.
Not riding much has been killing me but I think I'll let common sense prevail and skip this ride. I feel a "pull" in the back of my leg with most every step that has grown into some knee pain - from compensation I'm thinking. I'm scared to ride around the block much less 70mi.
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