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Old 01-08-13, 12:27 PM   #1
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Charity rides on hybridized mtb?

I have a Specialized Rockhopper that I bought new about 4 years ago to get back into cycling after many years (since childhood). I enjoyed going on trails now and then but eventually lost interest (or got busy with life or both) until last spring when I started riding a lot on the road. After a few 20 mile rides I decided that I needed to switch the tires to slicks so I replaced the knobbies with Kenda slicks 26x1.95 . Also, I installed barends to help eliviate the numbness on my hands. I have since enjoyed very much riding from a few miles around the neighborhood on paved roads up to 45 miles that I once did.

I am interested in doing some charity rides this spring/summer. There are two in particular that my company participates in for donations etc. I have noticed that for the longer rides like the MS150 (two day road riding event, 75 miles each day) most folks use road bikes.

What do folks that have done longer rides on mtb think? Is it unecessarily hard, or even prohibitive? I am in fair shape for my age (45 yo) and I am planning on training before such a ride. Also, do you think I would be better off with getting narrower slick tires,like 26x1.3?
I wouldn't mind buying a road bike but at this point I am concerned that after a couple of months it will be collecting dust (maybe even both bikes). If after this summer I still feel as I do now about cycling I will buy a road bike then.

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One more thing, I have also added dual platform clipless pedals and find them very useful for long rides.
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No reason why you can't if that's what you prefer to ride. They are a little slower, but also a smoother ride. The longest I did on my hybridized MTB was a 52 mile gravel road ride about a month back. Would not have taken my road bike on something like that. It's not as snappy as my road bike, but is more comfortable. I'll probably use it on some t-shirt rides when I want to bring my big camera and I'm not concerned about keeping up with anyone.

In response to the tire thing, I have 26x1.5 Panaracer Paselas on it.

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Thanks. Just to clarify, these will be rides and not races. Performance is not my atmost concern, although I will want to keep a respectable pace.
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Skinnier, LIGHTER tires will help considerably.
Even when riding on level terrain, one tends to slow down & speed up to some extent.
Every time you accelerate, the lighter tires make it easier.
The better (aka more expensive) tires also have lower rolling resistance than the cheaper tires.
I've gone the route from 26X2.2 knobbies to 26X1.75 "bike path tires" to 26X1.50 street tires to 26X 1.25 slicks.
I'm sticking with the latter, even on my "grocery getter" w/ rack, baskets & fenders.

Something else that MIGHT help is a different cassette if the conditions dictate.
IF your rides will be flat terrain, something like a 12-23 may work better than an 11-32 that may be on the bike.
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I have WTB All terrains to do roadish commute and touring and they work really well in spite of being 1.95". One thing that can help for the extended tours is to put on a road style handlebar or get the type of barend that has a road-like back extension as well as the normal mtb(not sure what they are called specifically). On my semi-hybrid I have an actual road handlebar and lever setup which makes it feel like a soft road bike without the fear of potholes. It's a little bit faster than the mtb style bar and a bit more stretched out so it's a debate on which is more comfortable.
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might want to consider these

http://www.freedombicycle.com/project/cruz-26/
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I've used Ritchie Tom Slicks on a 26" mtn bike to make it faster they rocked.
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I have ridden my hybrid mtb 13000km in 8 months with many 160km+ rides. Its a nice ride with the option of going offroad if I want to. The longest was 240km in 12 hours... it hurt but was.doable.
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