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Out Cold

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It wasn’t what I would call a warm day yesterday, but the roads were dry enough that I finally took the chance to pedal the new road bike just enough revolutions to say I did it. As far as I can tell, the bike is everything I hoped it would be, despite my test ride not being the least bit representative of how I intend to ride.

First of all, the gloves I used made it very difficult to push the little pads controlling the motor assist. The shoes I wore were not rated for the cold temperature. The chilly air made my nose run something fierce. The wind made it almost impossible to hear the bike as I shifted or the sound of approaching traffic (I saw two vehicles the entire time I was outside). The long pants and extra layers made it difficult to judge if I’ve got the seat located precisely where I want it, front-to-back.

Regardless, that Domane+ LT rolls along as smooth as silk. The brakes work great. It shifts like a charm. When I didn’t want electric assistance, it was as if it wasn’t there. When I did get the button pressed, the bothersome wind became much less bothersome.

I am looking forward to the day I can ride it on a warm, sunny day when the roads are dry.

I’m also looking forward to being able to ride my new bike on the Tour of Minnesota in June. Registration for the ride opens today!

Happy February!



Written by johnwhays

February 1, 2022 at 7:00 am

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  1. is the bikes increased weight noticeable in biking effort when not using the elec assit ??


    February 1, 2022 at 8:29 am

    • Great question! In my case, no, if for no other reason than my previous ride, the steel framed Trek 520, weighed about the same as the Domane+! I’ve never owned a light bike and now that I have a fancy light frame, I get one that lugs along a motor and battery to keep my bike out of the light weight category.


      February 1, 2022 at 9:29 am

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