This week has been a great test of my go faster wheels from TheHappyCog. In fact of course these are not just Go Faster wheels they are also:
- Go more serviceable wheels (thanks to the Hope Pro4 rear hub which is beautifully easy to service)
- Go lighter wheels (0.5kg saving)
- Go better lit wheels (thanks to the Schmidt Son28 dynamo powering a B&M Luxos IQ2 front Light)
- Go fewer punctures (at least in theory due to tubeless Schwalbe Pro-One tyres)
- Go noisier wheels (the Hope Pro4 freewheel lives upto their reputation for loud freewheeling)
So on Monday I rode 64 miles to Cliff College in Derbyshire (just north of Chatsworth House) for a meeting which finished at 4pm on Tuesday when I rode home again. I carried just under 12kg of luggage in 2 Ortlieb Classic panniers.
Going there it was:
- 64.0 miles
- 4:50:12 Moving Time
- 4,232ft of climbing
- 64.1 miles
- 4:28:58 Moving Time
- 3,589ft of climbing
On the way there I had to walk one section just before Birchover (about 20% and wet+gravel). Coming home I went around Stanton in-Peak to avoid a 25% climb.
I kept being surprised at how fast I was going (8 personal records going and 38 coming home). That despite quite a large part of the route being new to me (on the other hand quite a lot I have only ridden once before making the PR’s easy to get).
One that stands out is a 1.1 mile segment between Barrow-on-Soar and Sileby. According to Strava I have now ridden this 8 times. This time I knocked 10 seconds off my best time despite it coming 60 miles into a ride carrying 12kg of panniers.
I’m not anywhere near my fittest (been focusing on losing weight and not done many miles this year). I am a bit lighter than my last best time (but much less than 12kg of luggage lighter). The key differences are
- the wheels with their “deep”ish aero section rims and rotating weight saving
- the tyres (28mm Schwalbe Pro-One instead of 32mm Durano Plus)
- lower stem so that I am a bit more aero
I can’t quantify the saving due to each of these, however, 2 out of the 3 are related to the new wheels 🙂