A few years ago when I was 30 lbs. heavier and had a bad back, I bought a Giant Cypress DX with a comfy seat with shocks in both the saddle and fork. I was very happy even though I moved slowly. Now I am transitioning into a serious bike commuter. Here's what I've been thinking about doing to make my ride faster and more comfortable for my 16 mile roundtrip rides:
- Exchanging my 700c/40 tires to 700c/35 or 700c/32. Is there a big difference?
- Switching out my Giant handlebars with something like the Nitto North Road brand or another albatross style. The current handlebars put a strain on my wrists after only a few miles. I'm thinking this switch will help with the wrist pain. I need to sit straight up due to back problems, but noticed that when testing albatross style bars, I had more leverage going uphills than the Giant bars.
I spoke to my local bike shop about exchanging the handlebars and they said it could be done, but they may have to extend the cabling and the hand shifters will have to stay put.
Anyway, that's what I'm thinking of doing. I think the smaller tires will give me a little more speed and the bars some further comfort.
Would love to hear from anyone else who has made this type of overhaul or if anyone has any comments/suggestions.