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    Going back and forth between Road/Mountain can cause injury??

    Last year about this time my buddy was all hardcore about getting a Road bike because his brother had just bought one and he'd taken it for a couple of spins and had got the itch. Then, a few months later, I bought a brand new MTB and he switched focus back to MTBing. However he's back on the Road kick and looking pretty regularly at new bikes. So the other day I was talking to our LBS guy and he told me that you should never switch between Road and Mountain biking or else you could cause physical damage to your body. Is this true?? Road biking a few days a week and then doing a MTB ride is going to screw you up due to different core muscle groups being utilized? I'm inclined to believe him because he is an absolute beast when it comes to biking. I know he told me he either does one or the other, since he does Road racing and Cyclecross.

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    I'm so hardcore, I gave up walking, too. Hoverounds and segues only, when I'm off the road bike!
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    I think he was yanking your chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDave View Post
    So the other day I was talking to our LBS guy and he told me that you should never switch between Road and Mountain biking or else you could cause physical damage to your body.
    I am so freakin' doomed! Sometimes I ride road and mountain on the same day.

    Seriously, who comes up with nonsense like the above. You are fine. Ride both types of bike.

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    I was thinking this was a load but I get a ton of other good info from him so I was inclined to believe it.

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    [QUOTE=SteveDave;10807298]...but I get a ton of other good info from him...[QUOTE]

    Are you sure?

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    > Road biking a few days a week and then doing a MTB ride is going to screw you up due to
    > different core muscle groups being utilized?

    Isn't that actually a good thing? Weight-lifters do different lifts on different days for the express purpose of exercising different muscle groups. I would think in general that it'd be ideal to have some balance across all muscle groups.

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    Very misinformed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    > Road biking a few days a week and then doing a MTB ride is going to screw you up due to
    > different core muscle groups being utilized?

    Isn't that actually a good thing? Weight-lifters do different lifts on different days for the express purpose of exercising different muscle groups. I would think in general that it'd be ideal to have some balance across all muscle groups.
    Yup, for all but true top level competitors, for them different groups and a slight difference in pedaling action could lead to a less efficient action. That is likely the source of the bad information. Pros avoid it because for them the difference is basically a bad habit, but still not a source of injury.

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    Its highly recommended to cross train. For instance many runners also ride or swim etc.to use different muscle groups. I doubt it would even be much of a strain to ride both. I have a folder and a LHT very different bikes, and some times ill ride both on same day with no bad results. At my age(64) one is somewhat more prone to injury and i have no problems doing this..

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    Utter bullsh*t. Many mountain bikers train also on road bikes for endurance. As stated above: it is recommended to cross train. What this guy said is simply complete nonsense. I hope he was joking, otherwise I won't set my foot in that store ever again.

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    I do both every week. Quite the contrary to what he said, it makes me stronger at both than if I was just doing one or the other.

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    I figured it was BS, but maybe I misunderstood what he meant. Possibly he was referring to technique and I took it to mean something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDave View Post
    I figured it was BS, but maybe I misunderstood what he meant. Possibly he was referring to technique and I took it to mean something completely different.
    you wouldnt happen to be in Syracuse, would you? There is a guy that works in one of our LBS and while he appears to be a beast & I dont doubt that he is a strong cyclist, he says a lot of stuff that just sounds like bs. More than once, I've come home and checked out a few things that he's told me only to find that he is full of ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDave View Post
    I figured it was BS, but maybe I misunderstood what he meant. Possibly he was referring to technique and I took it to mean something completely different.
    He's definitely wrong even if he is referring to technique. Road biking builds endurance. Mountain biking builds power. Mountain biking also improves your bike handling skills. Go over and read the road forums and look at how many people worry about spinning the rear wheel while climbing on wet stuff, not knowing how to take corners where the rear wheel may slide, not knowing how to move their bodies around so as to increase their braking ability, etc. Those are all things that even a novice mountain bike rider learns quickly. Mountain biking and mountain biking skills made Lance's little trip across the field (see about 30 seconds in) a whole lot easier.

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    For the love of God, can't anybody think anymore? Switching exercises is what we used to call "cross training," and if it causes injury, it takes longer than 22 years for the damage to show up, because that's how long I've been riding mountain and road bikes pretty much interchangeably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDave View Post
    So the other day I was talking to our LBS guy and he told me that you should never switch between Road and Mountain biking or else you could cause physical damage to your body.
    Where do they get these people???

    The only way it will hurt you if you go between road cycling and mountain bike cycling is:

    1) If one or both of the bicycles don't fit you properly.
    2) If you crash.

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    It's very dangerous to switch between your road and your mountain bikes...if you don't stop first

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