Thanks, Ash!

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:39:51 AM UTC-5, Ash wrote:
> 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!

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