Good evening everyone! I'm looking for some insight here as I've run up against a wall of sorts.
The predicament: I am going to do my first century (the Minnesota Ironman, April 27th) and I only have one bike, a 1996 Gary Fisher Marlin. A solid frame mountain bike, heavy and not really "suited" for riding 100 miles on. The other problem, I'm stingy and quite indecisive.
I've spent the better part of two days thinking about what I can do to my bike to make it more "distance friendly". To date, the most miles at one time was Duluth to Two Harbors and back, right around 50 miles. It was no problem but another 50 on top of that could be a different story.
So far I've looked into the following:
- Handlebars: a touring bar like Nashbar's Trekking handle bar or ITM Selego Trekking Bars/Aerobars or an H-Bar like the Jones H-Bar
- Saddle: Selle San Marco Azoto (just a thought... wouldn't really- too much $)
- Aerobars: Profile Designs Century or ITM Selego Trekking Bars/Aerobars
- Stem: Profile Designs Threadless Converter
- Seat Post: Profile Designs Fast Forward
- Grips: Ergon GR2 Ergonomic Grips with Bar Ends
- Tires: Will get from LBS (1.25 inch x 26)
If I were to get all this, I may as well buy a new bike. I'm trying to figure what I need (if anything) what will and won't work with my bike (headset, handlebars, grip shifts, etc...) and what makes no sense.
So far I'm thinking of just getting the Areobars and for sure, the tires. Can anyone lend any advice on my situation?
If you're not aware, I've been biking all year so I'm pretty confident I can make it, but I want some more hand positions and a way to deal with a strong headwind.
Please lend me some advice!