What a birthday present! The kind of present you want to both give and receive. The kind that makes you better. Makes you faster. And, makes you feel younger.
I installed the new wheel set on the Roberts this morning. It was quick and easy. I transferred the tires and tubes from my old set of wheels. The rims are tubeless but accept tubes as well. I removed, cleaned and installed the old cassette remembering to use the 10-speed spacer provided with the wheels. This wheel set supports both 11 and 10-speed systems. I installed a new set of Kool-Stop Dura Road brake pads both front and back. These pads are made with a softer compound, break quickly and wear well. There is a lot of life left on my old Shimano pads but I wanted a new set for the new rims.
I was ready to roll. Anxious to try the new wheels. I decided to do a 45 km lap around the Stanley Park road. The ride includes a combination of several good climbs, a fast descent and rolling sections. A route I am very familiar with.
The wheels were brilliant. Quiet. Sturdy. Fast. And, they look really good. I was a little surprised how positive they felt. It may be the larger, wider hubs. I climbed the Prospect Point Hill faster than I ever have spinning a larger gear. I descended faster down the hill than I ever have reaching speeds of 55 kph on the relatively short descent. On the flats, I was rolling at 30-35 kph, several kph faster than I usually spin on these sections.
I am in better shape after spending a month on the bike in Bolsover. I am certain that is part of the reason for the increase in speed. But the wheels made a difference. They felt smooth, solid and fast. I had confidence in them taking corners more quickly than usual and descending fearlessly.
What a great present. The wheels made me feel younger. That’s the kind of birthday present you want to give to your aging parents.