Just done my first full summer on the road bike. No mountain biking at all other than a couple of trips on the Tandem- but they were only on unmade trails so it doesn't really count. One thing I have not missed is the bone jarring rides on the rock hard bumpy trails in the summer that were beginning to hit the body just a bit too much. What I have been missing though is the Cardio- Vascular workouts that a long steep climb up rough tracks gives you when offroad. I just do not get them on the road bike. I may do some steep road hills but in general- they are no steeper or longer than the offroad climbs- and are on smooth surfaces and on a bike that seems to roll along them.
That road bike has given me a different view of riding. First of all there are the cars that you have to be aware of. Not too many of them on the backroads but fast riding around blind corners does definitely get the heart rate up when you confront Horse boxes and Tractors on your side of the road. You have to keep alert all the time. Then the town riding. Far too many cars and pedestrians just do not see bikes at all. There are a few pluses though. You do see a lot more bikes on roads and can often join in with a few other riders to be a bit sociable on occasions.
So I am getting the MTB back into full offroad condition. Checked the Tyres and they are OK. All the wheels are perfectly true and the Chain has been replaced. Cables have been lubed and I am ready to go. All I have to do now is wait for a bit of Enthusiasm to get out and get muddy.
Might give it another couple of weeks before I hang up the road bikes for the winter though as the forecast is still for dry weather for a while and going by the condition of my garden- Those trails are going to still be rock hard.