I haven't touched a road bike since 1990 when I used to ride 75 miles a day to stay in shape for skiing. At 44, 5-9 and 274 last year I started doing some MTB. I'd picked up a fs Intense bike a few years ago and finally started using it since my son started riding a 2 wheeler. Well, I'm at the point where I'll go out for 2-3 hour rides on the weekends, and 1-2hr rides a few days a week. Typical 2hr ride is maybe 15 miles with 1,000' in elevation gain on singletrack. I've also dropped down to 230lbs
Problem is I'm getting bored since there are not a ton of trails that I feel comfortable on in my area. There are plenty of trails, but for a 44 yr old that doesn't need major body carnage, there aren't many.
So I'm thinking of adding a road bike to the garage. This is not a thread about which bike to get .... I have a few ideas, know the budget and component level I'd like, so it's a matter of trying things out.
Question is should I be able to go much further than I do now on a road bike since it's more efficient? Does this mean I'll really burn more calories? Right now I can average 1k calories and hour if I'm pushing it hard and averaging 140bpm on the HR.
I'm hoping that I can also do better climbing hills because there seem to be a few too many in my area lol.
For anyone that has moved from MTB - do you have any tips? I'll keep the MTB, but want to know what to look forward to and help guage how much budget to drop. Thanks.