Ahhh, the difference is clear, now. The Cruz has a straight-line of power transfer. It seems having one's butt in one place and one's hands and feet pivoting in another place would feel wonky. Probably something one would get used to, but, I think I'd rather have everything in line. Seems like less of a learning curve. I think the Bacchetta looks cleaner, too. Hell, just realized the drivetrain is in the front wheel of the Cruz. :lol3
Originally Posted by k7
Let me give everyone a heads-up: This year's RAAM will be exciting.
They come through IL, just south of me. They always look beat, by the time they get here.
Just received my DVD copies of Race Across America
and Bicycle Dreams, both are films by Stephen Auerbach. I'll get to them, this weekend.
Originally Posted by Mercury264
Any suggestions ?
What's the scoop with bib shorts - what do they give you ordinary shorts don't ?
Different strokes for different folks.
I've got Pearl, Craft, Voler, and had Bellwether. For me, which seat I was riding made a huge difference in how the bibs felt. For me, thinner is better, as a whole. I hated my Bellwethers, when riding a padded saddle, but, loved them on my Brooks. I actually wore a hole through the chamois of them. They don't make those bibs anymore, so I started wearing my Voler bibs. In general, I find my Craft stuff to be much higher quality construction than any of the others. Although the media, shops, and forums would have one believe that Pearl is the end-all-be-all, I beg to differ. I think gear is so personal that you'll have to hit the local shops, REI, Scheel Sports, and whatnot to get a feel for them.
I prefer bibs over shorts for the fact that I don't have to fiddle with them during a ride. However, they do restrict airflow to the torso. My GF, on the other hand, prefers shorts, as they're easier for her to pull down for roadside relief. :wink: