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Old 05-25-06, 06:54 PM   #1
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Road biking too??

I am thinking of getting a road bike. Mountain biking is what I love to do, but where I live there are some serious hills. I figured getting a road bike would help to get my legs and cardio in shape to be a better mt. biker. Any thoughts?? anyone else do this???
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I had a road bike and hated it! If you want a good workout get a SS mtnbike.
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Lots of WV riders use road bikes to train. I picked an IronHorse Tornado on e-bay for $200 for my kid - rugged enough for all the dirt roads, too!
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i would like too. alot of fast riders ride road bikes too. i run unstead of ride on the road.

you can also get a trainer to use in your house.
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Yes, a road bike will do wonders for your fitness and they're wicked fast. I find it's a lot easier to squeeze in a road ride than a mtb ride, so you might get more saddle time without less mtb time. Since you can leave from your door, a 2 hour road ride takes 2 hours. No loading up gear and heading for the trailhead. I guess if you're one of the lucky ones who can hit the dirt right from their driveway, it's a moot point. I have to leave town to find a trail worth riding. It generally takes a full day, so I find more and more that I don't have time for the mtb. I miss my mtb.

The only problem I've noticed is once you ride a road bike that mtn bike will kind of feel like a pig. Riding anything paved on your mtb will be even more painful than before. Connecting trail sections with pavement will make you cringe.
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Get a roadie, dont listen to mtnbkr66, he dosent know what hes talking about.
Roadbikes are amazing, and quite fulfilling. Before you know it, your riding to and from work on your roadie, making better time than you did when you drove. Not to mention, women will drive behind ya checkin out yer goods.
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A road bike is good when you ride 5-7 days a week. If you ride offroad everyday your body will shut down. Too much of a beating.
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I would just buy an in-home-bike, that way you don't have to leave the house, and don't have to buy a road bike, which you might not like after awhile.
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I'm a roadie who now mountain bikes in addition. All the people I ride with were pretty amazed at how I climbed and lasted on the longer rides, especially being new to mountain biking. I chalk it up to having that aerobic background from all the road riding.
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A road bike is good when you ride 5-7 days a week. If you ride offroad everyday your body will shut down. Too much of a beating.
there are people that ride almost everyday. and are fine. they have there designated "go hard days" and then recovery days though.
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Yes, a road bike will do wonders for your fitness and they're wicked fast. I find it's a lot easier to squeeze in a road ride than a mtb ride, so you might get more saddle time without less mtb time. Since you can leave from your door, a 2 hour road ride takes 2 hours. No loading up gear and heading for the trailhead. I guess if you're one of the lucky ones who can hit the dirt right from their driveway, it's a moot point. I have to leave town to find a trail worth riding. It generally takes a full day, so I find more and more that I don't have time for the mtb. I miss my mtb.
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IMHO PhattTyre is right on. I'll grab the road bike and ride a quick 3 to 6 miles after a late day at the office. I don't like to do that with my MTBs. I purchased 2 used road bikes, actually I picked them up at yard sales. It's amazing what you can buy used for cheap with a road bike. I found riding the road bike helped my balance/handling when I went back to the trail.
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I ride both.

Do yourself a favor and get a road bike. Variety is the spice of life.
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I know I act like road biking is totally stupid. But I do have a road bike, just never use it.
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I had a road bike and hated it! If you want a good workout get a SS mtnbike.
If you love bikes you love ALL bikes. Road bikes are has much fun as MTB you just have to be willing to climb those big long hills. Going down a curvy road at 60 mph will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!
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If you love bikes you love ALL bikes. Road bikes are has much fun as MTB you just have to be willing to climb those big long hills. Going down a curvy road at 60 mph will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!
Road bikes SUCK!!!!!!! Where I live there are more trails than you can ride so why fight with cars? Whats worse than road bikes? The people that ride them.
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In order to get the training in that I do a road bike is pretty much a necessity. Mountain biking is my passion but in order to get fast I have to spend time on the road. Once you try it a few times you will be suprised at how much fun riding the road can be. It's a completely different type of fun.
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yeah, it's an acquired taste. You have to get used to riding around in public in tights.

Once you get over that, you can't beat the training you can get on the road bike, to echo what others have said.
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Well, I guess the consensus says to ride the roads. I have limited time after work, and it takes 15 minutes to get to the trail, in the opposite direction from home. that is 30 minutes of drive time that is added to my 40 minutes of bike time. If I ride right from work, I could get 1 hour and 10 minutes in the same time it takes to drive, unload, gear up, ride for 40, load back up and drive back to work(I pass it on the way home)

All of the other mb trails are quite a bit further out of the way.

I guess I'll start looking, but I am not so sure I will ever wear those tight shorts in public
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So what are the advantages of training on a road bike over training on a mtn bike (ie. my bike) on road?

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I would just buy an in-home-bike, that way you don't have to leave the house, and don't have to buy a road bike, which you might not like after awhile.
This is horrible. Why would you want to sit on a bike in the house if given the choice? To watch TV? What are you thinking?
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So what are the advantages of training on a road bike over training on a mtn bike (ie. my bike) on road?
None, except the extra wear on your tires.
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So what are the advantages of training on a road bike over training on a mtn bike (ie. my bike) on road?
Not exactly what you asked, but here are some advantages to training on the road.

Easier on the body for extended periods of time. This allows you to build up endurance without wearing out the rest of your body.

Easier on the wallet, it is very rare to break a component on a road bike.

Easier to stay in a particular heart rate zone or power zone on the road. It's very hard to stay consistant on the trails.

Easier to do an active rest / recovery day. It's too tempting to start hammering on the trails.

Can ride straight from your front door. Most of us have to drive to the trail head.

Can get in nice group rides and have nice conversations (complain about the wives, jobs, etc.).

Have a smooth surface to do hill repeats on, time trials, etc. This lets you measure gains without course coming into play.

Feeds your addiction for speed. How often do you get to do 55 - 60 mph on a mountain bike? Very few people ever see those speeds on a mountain bike, however it is somewhat common on a roadie.

Can ride immediately after it rains without risking damaging trails.

Gives you something else to be addicted to and spend money on.

Granted, it's not for everyone. However these days even a lot of downhill riders / racers train on the road. It's not just an xc thing anymore.
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Am I commiting a sin if I choose to road ride on my mtb because I dont have the money for 2 bikes ^^ speed and easy coasting are not an issue im not trying to get from A to B or race I just want the exercise and the ride.

Mayhaps a 2nd tire set, or 2nd set of wheels are a good alternative to those of us with 1 bike?
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Am I commiting a sin if I choose to road ride on my mtb because I dont have the money for 2 bikes ^^ speed and easy coasting are not an issue im not trying to get from A to B or race I just want the exercise and the ride.

Mayhaps a 2nd tire set, or 2nd set of wheels are a good alternative to those of us with 1 bike?
Nope, nothing wrong at all with riding the mountain bike, you shouldn't even have to go to confession over it. I would invest in a cheap set of wheels with some slicks on them though. Buying new mountain bike tires on a regular basis could get expensive, especially if you run soft tires like I do.

Another advantage to riding the mountain bike on the road is that you have more time to get used to your position on the bike since it is the same all the time since you aren't switching bikes.
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there are people that ride almost everyday. and are fine. they have there designated "go hard days" and then recovery days though.
That's great, but not on the terrain around here. It is so rocky and technical with lots of steep and short climbs. It is impossible to have an "easy" day offroad. That's why I have the roadie.
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