I know that there might be an obvious answer to this question but here goes - Why are mountain bikes considered so much less desirable that road bikes? The reason that I ask is when I look at the Chicagoland CL, it seems that old road bikes, no matter who made them sell at a premium (Schwinn Varsity's for $150 and up)while name brand mountain bikes (Gary Fisher, Trek, Specialized) do not command anywhere near the prices of the road bikes. I know that road bikes are faster but there are a lot of people who are not riding around with drop bars who could cheaply modify a mountain bike and have a great commuting or recreational bike. I also noticed that people don't really talk much about the components of a mountain bike as much as they do on a road bike - is there a reason for this?
I know that this might seem elementary to many of you but I'm just starting to get back into cycling after neglecting it for longer than I care to admit. Any advice or information is appreciated.
BTW, I am currently riding a Cannondale M300LE and I just bought a Miyata 310.