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cotterpin
18 January, 2012 10:53AM
Hi Steve,
The Claud Butler 200 is a hybrid bike which has higher gearing than your average mountain bike. The chainrings are 28/38/48 compared with a typical mountain bike's 22/32/42 (or44). Additionally the freewheel is 14-28 teeth compared to 11-32 or34. The tyres on this bike are 700 x 40 with a fairly pronounced tread as it is intended for a limited amount of off road work. The riding position is also different to a mountain bike as well. Although the bottom bracket height is the same (even though the wheels are larger) the urban 200 has a top tube shorter than the equivalent ATB so you are not so far forward over the pedals, which reduces the efficiency.
Firstly check that the wheels spin freely and that the brake blocks are not catching. Secondly make sure the tyres are up to about 60psi (ie hard) and thirdly make sure you are not pushing too high a gear.
If you still find it hard going consider putting slightly narrower tyres on (700x28or32) with a smoother road tread on them. You could also push the saddle further forwards so that you are positioned over the bottom bracket more, and if that makes to reach too short then buy a longer handlebar stem.
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700c wheels are a drag!

Steve 17 January, 2012 06:50PM

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siwatts 17 January, 2012 11:23PM

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DocB 18 January, 2012 09:10AM

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Steve 18 January, 2012 06:32PM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

Steve 18 January, 2012 06:54PM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

siwatts 19 January, 2012 01:43AM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

DocB 19 January, 2012 07:25AM

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Steve 20 January, 2012 02:10PM

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DocB 20 January, 2012 02:35PM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

Steve 21 January, 2012 06:17PM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

cotterpin 18 January, 2012 10:53AM

Re: 700c wheels are a drag!

Steve 18 January, 2012 06:29PM



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