How many people ride mtn. bikes compared to road bikes
How many people ride mtn. bikes compared to road bikes
Used to be solely Mountain bikes but if you saw the hills just 6 miles from where I live- there is no real choice
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This is on the South Downs Way which is a ridge that runs for 100 miles. No Climb is higher than 850ft but the numerous decsents down to Sea Level means that if you ride the Way there is 10,000ft of climbing to do. I have attempted the SDW ride in one day 11 times and only failed twice. Last time was in 2006- aged 59- and I failed but I think the weather had a hand in that failure.
South Downs Way failure
But after that ride- I realised that I could not keep punishing myself to that extent. 12 hours of hard physical effort was getting through to me. So I got a road bike. Just a Base OCR3 but it got me into road riding. Took a while to Adjust but at the end of 2007 I went into my LBS and they offered me a deal on a Mountain bike. I said that if I were to get a new bike- it was going to be a road bike to replace the OCR. The offer they made on the TCR-C was too good so I now class myself as a roadie. But a roadie that still likes to get the old Bianchi Griszzly out for some enjoyable fun riding.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
I go both ways.
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Santana Fusion Tandem
2010 Specialized TriCross
Challenge Concept Trike
One knee scoped so far.
Homophobia is so gay.
Used to but lost my nerve.
I ride them both, but I don't compare them.
The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.
Started on Mtn bikes but after going over the handle bars a couple times opted to take my chances with cars instead.
Ride your Ride!!
2006 model. I think 2005 to early 2006 were the only models produced. It's a "Distance."
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When I started riding bikes, back in the mid-1950s, 'road' bikes had balloon tires and weighed a ton. Since then, I've stuck with the bikes with the balloon tires.
Just two days ago, I halfway converted and put on a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus touring tires. Now my GT Xizang mountain bike rides a bit smoother, faster and quieter. Is this what you would call a 'road' bike?
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I love riding extreme climbs and riding dry creek beds. That is the shyte.
I do both. More road now than mountain, but still like the difference. I do a week every year somewhere in a remote, beautiful area with great trails and rent a cabin.
Having some time like that, alone, no electronics, just good books and great rides is a powerful and refreshing experience.
My favorite week of the year.
I was the first guy in the neighborhood to get a mountain bike in 1985 - but it was really a (Jamis) city bike with MTB geometry, gearing, brakes, fenders, rack and street tread radial tires. It spent some time off road in Atlanta parks but mostly lived on the street and road. It ended up as a single speed commuter. That was it for MTB's for me.
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I love the fact that I can run over everything without damaging my wheels. 'Got those cool MAVIC Crossmax wheels.
Last edited by thompsonpost; 10-18-10 at 06:08 AM.
stepfam, Looks like some wonderful places for riding.
I ride my mountain bike much less than the road bikes, but spent about two hours on it today. If I were forced to only have one bike it'd be the mountain bike.
The mtb is by far my favorite, but I have a road bike and a hybrid. I love rolling twisty singletrack, as long as it's not so steep that I have to get off and push. Where I live it's very hilly so the mtb is best for everyday 10-20 mile rides.
I have got to where long, flat rides don't interest me as much unless there is a destination. Now I look forward to on-road climbs. I like variety in my rides; some pavement, some gravel, some dirt path, hills, and some flat straightaways.
If I could only have one bike it would be an mtb.
I love Mountain biking and the scenery.
I recently picked up a road bike and did a Century. It was fun and the people were great. This weekend, I was back in the dirt. Its just fits what I want out of biking. More of a full body work out, adventure and I like seeing animals. I did resent the buzzard that circled me for about 20 minutes. I was moving faster than that.
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!
I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.
I ride both but I am such a 'fraidy cat on the MTB, so that I restrict myself to easily traveled forest roads and the like. I do enjoy it though. As I get older I find myself getting a bit more uneasy about the traffic when I'm road riding.
No mountains here.
Just nice flat roads.
I do both. I enjoy Mountain Biking a heck of a lot more, but put in more miles road biking (mainly because I bike commute to work).
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky that we have great places to Mountain Bike.
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.
I do both - love each equally although summer seems to be devoted to road cycling and fall is definitely MTB time. Just did a MTB ride yesterday in the mud and mist... my wheels carried an extra 2 - 3 lbs of adobe mud! If I remember will post pics. The photo in my bottom sig is my SO on top of my favorite trail in Limestone Canyon overlooking the Santa Ana Mountains.
Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.
I ride both road and mountain, but by far more road than mountain. This past weekend was an exception though, since my wife and I rode our mountain bikes both Sat. and Sun. exploring trails in the mountains above our cabin near Big Bear Lake.
Overall, I enjoy them both equally, but find road a lot easier to get to and deal with, though there are a few mountain bike relatively close / available spaces I've yet to explore (Turnbull Canyon and Fullerton Loop).
Rick / OCRR