I Rode The Stratus To Work Today

Data after I get home…

Here it is.

I guess I took somewhat of a leisurely ride to work. My time to the office was 13:26 versus 10:59 of yesterday; and 11:22 versus 9:07 for the return trip to the house. I was not trying to have a fast time today, but…

Realistically, I know I can get the time under 13 minutes, under 12 will be a challenge on this bike–maybe with a fairing; tailsock, and more frequent bent riding.

We shall see…

Note: Given afternoon traffic and because I was riding the bent, I used the bike path that parallels Country Club Drive (401 North). It has lots on sand on it. Although, I rode it (with no problem) following my return from Richmond, Virginia, I almost wiped out today. This accounts for some of the slowness on return to the house. I did achieve a slightly faster max speed: 33.5 versus 33.1 on the DF. With fairing & tailsock and higher engine RPM, I know I can get 40+ MPH along this route from the Stratus. I’ll have to see what the VK2 can do on the same route.

Finally, I’m a 100% Latexer

After 2 latex tubes that I had problems with, I took my front wheel to Hawley’s bicycle shop for a replacement tube and for them to install. On my last installation, yesterday, Hal, a follow C4 member, and Hawley’s mechanic, thought my last tube failure was the result of a tube pinch.

Well today after another latex tube was installed and I picked up the wheel, it failed, air gushing out. That is 3 tubes that failed on this wheel. The problem was the wheel tape. There was a hole in it that the latex tubes were sensitive to, but not my regular tubes. It makes me wonder what may have happened at speed with this problem. Needless to say, I failed to note I had a tape problem. Tape replaced and the 4th tube installed, all seems well.

Now to ride the DF with 2 latex tubes. Will there be a discernable difference???

Tomorrow, I have the regular C4 ride. It should be fun…