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Old 04-28-06, 11:25 AM   #1
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newbie with questions

just bought a mtn. bike(diamondback response sport) a couple of months ago with the hopes of getting back in shape while doing something that i used to love as a kid. some of the guys that i work with ride road bikes and run a lot. they have talked me into doing a sprint triathlon in august. alright, that's the background, now on to the questions....i'm doing road training on my mtn. bike. i've looked around for set-up tips on the net and haven't found what i'm looking for. other than changing to rigid forks and slicks, what do i need to do? somebody suggested that i change the cassette, but i don't really know what would be worth my time/money to do. anybody out there done this before? any suggestions would be great.
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Old 04-28-06, 11:35 AM   #2
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You'll get in better shape training with a mtn bike on the road. I would definately change tires and try that first. I ride a mountain bike on the road and I never feel like I need higher or lower gears. The thing to do is just ride, as you get stronger you might want to change other things.
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Old 04-28-06, 12:09 PM   #3
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You could also even swap to road bars. Seen that a few times on mountain bikes, even for off roading. I'm not a road rider myself though so I can't offer much.
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What are you going to be riding in the race?
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i'm planning on using the mountain bike in the race. the plan right now is to make all the "speed" changes about two weeks out from the race. i just want to make a few changes to utilize all the energy i'm putting in.
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Very good choice of a starter bike.

Things you might want to try are :

Clipless pedals
Smaller tires, less knobby
Lighter Components
Perhaps V brakes (lighter, and usually have less rub = less speed loss)

And maybe, you could try a road cassette. The cogs are made smaller than mountain bike cogs, so it'll be a lot easier to gain speed and keep it.
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Please Read Before asking Question: MTB FAQ.
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