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Old 08-07-13, 09:05 PM   #1
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Road cycling -vs- Mountain Bike-vs Cyclocross-vs-Tri-?

Please no flames,(yeah right), just a friendly question and would like opinions.

Me thinks it is a toss up between Road and MTB Pros...
(cyclo cross and tri are not even in the running when it comes to pure pain, pure cycling)

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Old 08-07-13, 09:17 PM   #2
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It's bike riding...sheesh...
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What is the question anyway?
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They are each designed to do different things. Pick the right tool for the job at hand.

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All of them will get you to the bar and back. /thread.
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This is still an interesting topic although it can be a long conversation. I've had single speed bicycles with banana seats, a 24 inch wheel BMX bike, a cruiser, adult single speed bike, road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes.

I used to think a compromise between a road bike and mountain bike would be to get a hybrid. Eventually I started thinking 700c wheels are a bit big for me (5'8-1/2" or 174cm tall). And the turning circle is larger. Now I'm leaning way more towards a mountain bike with 26 inch wheels and suspension forks. Although to me the jury is still out on suspension forks. My build project is not complete but I think I'll end up with a Rockshox. If I decided it's too bouncy and find even on lockout that it's impractical, I may end up getting a rigid fork. But that brings me back to a question I've been asking myself lately. Why don't companies bother anymore with mountain bike framesets made for rigid forks only? And if you find a rigid fork mountain bike, it's a $99 bike. When I think of the Kona Smoke model with the 26 inch wheels I can't believe I didn't get one. Unreal. The industry trends seem peculiar to me. Can you even find a comfort bike with a regular headset?
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If you're talking about difficulty, they all will make you suffer depending on how fast / far you go.
Each has it's own definition of ''far / fast''
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Tri and CX are all about suffering if that's what you're talking about. Never raced CX, but my understanding is it's a balls out effort for 30 minutes. That's painful.
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It isn't the type of bike that makes it hard or easy, it's the intensity of the ride. If you really want to, you can ride the hell out of a beach cruiser and get a serious workout.

BTW, what the heck is "pure" cycling? (please note the squiggly line with the dot under it indicating that there is an actual question here)
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If pain is what one seeks then it is a track bike and trying for the hour record. Of even just trying to break you personal best.

If done the best one can.

That is if one can push themselves.

For a more casual rider desperately trying to hold the wheel of a faster rider when riding into a headwind works well. Enough motivation to leave one truly exhausted.

But for some of the younger set cyclocross may be what motivates them to push harder.
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All of them will get you to the bar and back. /thread.
MTB will get you the bar and back. Road and tri will get you to the bar and beat up.
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Cyclocross is just an Hour Race, 0:45' or so in the lesser classes than the Pros and Expert men's races.

and the courses go round and round , for several laps ..

MTB races have a bunch of types 24 hour , XC loops , but the barriers tend to be natural ,



CX the course is designed .. and can often use a Public Park. barriers are added, by design.

and often have a Beer Tent.
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