Did some testing on the 920. Well, not really a test but just a commute home and back to the store this morning fully loaded less my clothing. Im not sure when I will be able to leave but I will have the bike pretty much packed and ready to go when it happens.
The bike rode great and Im sure its a bit faster than my trusty Long Haul Trucker due to the bigger wheels. Compared to the Trucker it rides a bit rougher tho but that’s to be expected when you go from a 26in wheel steel bike to a 29in wheel aluminum. I did opt to put on a carbon seatpost to try and cut the vibration. i was going to throw on a carbon stem too but I’ll pass and save the money.
The added weight sure changes things. No sudden movements. Once you get all that weight moving in one direction it takes a while to stop and change that direction. But after awhile you get used to it. Always keeping the bike as upright as possible, no leaning. As far as speed I go by the rule of twelves. Under 12mph you pedal, over 12mph you coast. For the most part. You sure do ride differently when touring. No out of the saddle sprints away from stop signs. You work your way up to speed slowly. Once your cruising along on the flat it’s remarkable how easy it is to hold your speed. Up hills are an exception. Slow and easy. Which is the way Ive been climbing for years anyway.
The gearing on the 920 is low. Ive yet to get off the big ring. True, I have not seen any huge hills but Ive seen some. All in the big ring. Which is fine by me as I still do not like bar end shifters. So the less I have to shift the better as far as Im concerned. Sometimes when Im starting out from a stop sign I’ll estimate what gear I will end up in and just go to it right away. Its a slow acceleration but at least Im not constantly reaching down to the end of the bar.
Sometimes I just ride with my left hand on top of the bar and my right hand in the drop to shift. Its weird. I wish I just had normal levers.
Last nite on the way home into a good headwind I held 13 to 14mph down pretty good on the flat. So its all good there. Some small tweeks on the seat height, which is not quite the same as my other bikes due to the Brooks saddle.
A few words on the Brooks B16 (now the B17). For touring this thing is amazing. You sit IN a B16 not on. No shammy cream needed. Big, heavy and comfortable. You can’t move around on the seat like on your road or MTB. Just sit in and go. A must for any tour bike.
Ive decided to bring the good camera. Its big and takes up the entire handlebar bag but big deal. I have the room and since picture taking is a thing for me its coming. Used it for today’s pics. I know most of the time my phone will be all I need but I’ll opt to pull out the big gun once in a while.
Anyway, the bike is ready to go on a moment’s notice. Because that might be all the notice I will get. I’ve been staring at this bike for a few months now and its going to get used come hell or high water.