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    Vaya for Gran Fondo

    Looking for advice. I have a 2011 Vaya. I'm running flat bars(Bend 3 bars from my Mukluk). It is basically my fitness/light touring /everything bike. I'm thinking of putting drops back on and training for a Gran Fondo next summer.
    Talk me into it or convince me to get something lighter and faster. I know it would be plenty comfortable, but would it's lack of full on roadbikeness mess me up. All stories are welcome.

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    I've ridden my 2013 Vaya with the stock Clement MSO's on both paved and mixed gravel/pavement Gran Fondos/Centuries. Works great! Plenty fast for me, I don't feel like it slows me down. I like having the lower gears than most road bikes. I use the Revelate Tangle bag for supplies and like having the 3 bottle cages available, fender/rack options, etc. I get some questions about the tires from folks who assume they can't roll very good, and some sideways looks over the non-race bike, but a lot of thumbs up over it, too. Someday I'll try some smoother 38-40ish wide tires but for now I'm happy riding with the Clements.

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    I am leaning towards sticking with the Vaya for the Gran Fondo. No matter what I decide, the Vaya is staying in the stable for all of the above reasons. Thanks, Wileydog, for the nudge.

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    My guess is that you're wanting to just finish it, and not "win" it. Keep the Vaya. If you want a less aggressive tire, slap a pair of 32c Conti Gatorskins or a set of Panaracer Pasela. The Vaya is a fine bike. More than enough to handle a grand fondo.

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    32C makes a positive difference for me as well, just makes the bike more responsive to acceleration. I'm using Schwalbe Marathon Supremes.

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    I've taken my Vaya on a few century rides with 28c roadie tires. The bike is very comfortable even with the narrow tires. I don't think I gave up anything in terms of speed compared to a road bike(which my friends were on). I say stick with the Vaya. It's touring bike at heart which is perfect for long roads with good friends.

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    I'd stick with the Vaya. Mine was plenty fast when shod with nice (read, light) wheels/tires.
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