I have a 2017 Appaloosa. Clem L and Appa are similar bikes, IMO. Based on my experience, I would say it quite suitable for 60-mile rides. It would NOT be a good choice if speed is what you are going for. Very good choice if enjoying the scenery, being able to carry some stuff for the trip with ease and comfort are what you want. I only started biking 2-3 years ago. My biking muscles are not all that trained. Still, a 52 mile trip that involved 2800 ft climbing did not feel too hard on Appaloosa. It was 95+ degrees that day. I had carried at least 20 lbs cargo including extra water bottles. Looking back, I wouldn't even attempt a trip like that on any of the road bikes I had owned before. It might take an hour less. But I know those bikes won't be comfortable enough to get much enjoyment out of the ride. Last summer I also biked Mt Diablo (close 3k ft climb, I think) on Appa.
It did take some trial and error with handlebars, stem length/height adjustments and saddles before it became fully comfortable for long rides. (which is probably the case with any bike). During the winter I have made more tweaks to improve ergonomics (mostly to the cockpit). Now I feel like I can enjoyably ride it all day (at my pace) for multiple days. Looking forward to at lease one such ride this summer. Cheers, Ash On Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:56:42 UTC-8, Nancy Seibel wrote: > > Hi, there, I'm seriously thinking of buying a Clem L (I know...that's how > it starts) and wanted to hear from those of you have ridden this bike. What > do you like about it? Any dislikes? How is it on hilly routes? What about > long rides - defined as 30-60+ miles? > > I test rode one for a short spin around town and loved it. But would I > Iove it in hilly Baltimore County MD, on a century or out for a multi-day > tour? > > Thanks in advance for your comments! > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.