My Mama told me that there is no such thing as a dumb question, so please don't make fun of me or my Mama.I have a Norco Plateau that I like alot I am getting hooked on this bikeing thing and am starting to build up the miles,I am saveing for a road bike. My question is why are road bikes so much faster than my bike is it the skinny high pressure tires or the gearing.Would changeing in road bike tire help my bike.
In addition to the skinnier tires, another reason road bikes are faster is they put your body into a more aerodynamic (and oftentimes less comfortable) shape.
If you want to make your Plateau faster, I would recommend upgrades in the following order:
~Slick tires. Tire manufacturers make knobby-less tires for mountain bikes which are much faster than knobbies. Just be sure to check the numbers on the sidewall of your tires and getting the appropriate slick tires from your local bike shop.
~Clipless pedals and shoes*. When you can apply power to all 360 degrees of your pedal-stroke in a fluid motion, you will go faster MUCH easier than simply mashing down on standard platform pedals.
~Lower your handlebars. This one is the easiest and cheapest, but it also does less to raise your speed while reducing your effort.
But none of these will make your plateau as fast as a standard road bike with skinny tires & clipless pedals & shoes--it will feel like going from a Cessna to a Learjet. Have fun & be safe!
*Clipless pedals and shoes lock your feet to the pedals, much like a ski binding. (But they do make normal-looking mountain-bike shoes that don't look like these Flash-Gordon silver jobbies.
the clipless are on my list of must haves I will go with the mountain bike style ones just for ease of walking.Not that I do much walking when I am with my bike, and I will never admit to haveing to push it up the odd hill but if you dont get to the top you cant come down.I am a little nervous about being locked to the pedals have been told that the mountain bike kind have more adjustment that allow them to release easier.
The main difference that affects speed is the riders legs, so ride more often and longer. You have 35 mm wide tires. Speed would be improved with a light 28 mm tire like the Panaracer Pasela TG foldable. The kevlar bead saves a lot of weight, which gives a big benefit in handling. A narrower firm saddle would probably improve comfort on longer rides. Bar-ends set low to give a position similar to the hoods of a drop bar bike would be good for headwinds.