I bought a Specialized Hardrock mountain bike on Friday (new at the LBS for $350. Of course, I then went to a garage sale on Saturday & saw an almost identical model from Schwinn for $100...). I've never ridden a mountain bike before. I LIKE IT!
With road bikes, I've always had to be on the lookout for pavement cracks, mud on the bike path, leaves, gratings, etc. With this MTB and its wide, knobbed tires, I just RUN OVER those obstacles! This is fun!
On the negative side, the bike is heavier, I don't like the stock seat (surprise!), and I don't care for the stock pedals. I'll visit the shop on Monday and get all these items except the weight taken care of. The additional weight may actually be a virtue since I'm riding primarily for exercise right now.
In any case, I wanted to ask how many others of youse gals & guys ride both MTB and road bikes? What kinds of stuff can I do on my new MTB that I never even thought of on my roadie? If I'd known what fun these were, I'd sure have tried one before now! The MTB is obviously more suitable for my daily riding environment than my roadie is, and consequentlly, I'm wiling & able to ride it not only longer but also significantly harder. My 25 miler this morning was more vigorous and fun than any I've ridden in a long time!
The thread title sums it up: WHEEEEEEEEEEE!