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Old 05-29-08, 06:08 AM   #1
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How many of you are hard core roadies who use the MTB to mix it up?

That's what I've been doing since I got the Fly Ti. 1-2 days per week I do a 20-25 mile road/woods ride, about half in the woods. Really breaks it up. I ride a ton of road bike miles (12,000+ annually) and even if this cuts down my overall mileage, it's making cycling much more enjoyable.
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I am not a hard core roadie, but I am sure more of a roadie than a MTB'r. I am a runner more than anything and started cycling to mix it up. I added MTB this year and it is a great deal of fun and I think it helps me on the road. Where I live I could not be a MTB as my primary recreation/fitness outlet. Just too few trails.
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I live about 50 miles from NY City, we have ample MTB trails within riding distance of my house. That wasn't the case when I lived 15 miles from NY in the closer 'burbs. More cycling options up here. Got a new MTB in 1999, right about the time I started this 5 year off-the-bike back pain odyssey. Got back into road cycling 3 years ago, riding a ton of miles. I must admit that I only upgraded the MTB to the Fly Ti because of Bike Direct's rather amazing deal on this bike. Very happy I did it. I'm not a hard core MTBer, but I do really enjoy mixing it up, being in the woods a bit, etc. Big fun, lotta Zen.
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I started on the road, and then added mtb. I enjoy mountain more than road, but ride a lot more road because it's more convenient; i can roll out of my driveway and be on road that many people drive hours to ride on (Dahlonega Ga- 6 gap)
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I have never been on a road bike for any great length of time. Beyond test riding.

The road for me is an unfortunate consequence of trying to find the trails I want to ride. Without the roads, there would be more trails
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I would be a hardcore mtb-er if I didn't have to drive to the trails.
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I probably get 75% of my saddle time on the road bike. That being said, mountain biking is still my preference. As others have said, it's a convenience thing with the road bike. Road bikes also make my commute to work a lot of fun.
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. . . or, conversely, "How many of you hard-core mtn bikers use the occasional road ride to get in a nap while still pedalling?"





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. . . or, conversely, "How many of you hard-core mtn bikers use the occasional road ride to nap while pedalling?"





Plan to someday. When I pull together enough funds to bother getting a road bike.
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I probably get 75% of my saddle time on the road bike. That being said, mountain biking is still my preference. As others have said, it's a convenience thing with the road bike. Road bikes also make my commute to work a lot of fun.
I'm about the same. I do perhaps 60%-70% (in terms of time in saddle) on the road. However, the dirt is my first love, and continues to be the most fun.

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I usually just lurk on here and don't post much at all. I just started mountain biking again after a 9 year hiatus. Spend most of the time on the roadie, but bought an MTB last year and went out this Memorial Day Weekend for my first off-road ride.
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I loved every second of it and I am proud of my battle scars.
The only problem is, that at 47 I don't heal as quickly as I used to.
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blood and dirt...congrats on a successful ride ...
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My most gruesome crash happened on the road... go figure.
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I get a lot more road time in, but like both for now equally probably. Chose getting a new road bike over a mtb though, if that says anything. There's still absolutely nothing like being out in the woods riding by yourself though. If I was forced, at gunpoint, to choose one or the other it would be mtb probably.
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MTB was all I did until 2 years ago when I bought a road bike for commuting. I don't hit the trails much anymore.
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After two straight weeks of two days weekly in the woods I've come to two conclusions:

• If I keep doing this I'll get much better MTB skills

• I'll inevitably t-bone a tree and wind up in the hospital

Oh well. That's the life of a bike weenie.
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I really enjoy road riding, primarily for the social aspects, but also for the training benefits. Our mtn biking season locally is short [May-December], but we make the most of it. Actually, our road season is short as well [March-October]. Hmmm. I guess in terms of time, I spend most of it commuting. Next would be mountain biking, then road riding. That covers 52 weeks of the year, which is pretty good.
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I'm a hard core roadie, I really hate the mtnbike but my kid makes me ride.
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. . . I'll inevitably t-bone a tree and wind up in the hospital . . . .
That is a move I want to see. If you accomplish it you will be deemed to have MAD Skillz; because, the way I envision it, to T-bone a tree you will need to be airborne and at 90 degrees to the trunk. If you can bust a move like that and squarley punch a tree you'd better have video to show us.
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I'm a hard core roadie, I really hate the mtnbike but my kid makes me ride.
Quit complaining and HTFU.
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I've been a roadie for forever and just bought my first MTB this year. I'm basically a chicken when it comes to terrain harder than fire roads and the occasional scattered rocks (OK, pebbles) but I'm having great fun!
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because, the way I envision it, to T-bone a tree you will need to be airborne and at 90 degrees to the trunk.
It's not that complicated. Trust me.
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i'm not sure i'm "hard-core", but most of my miles are on the road. I just got a mtn bike recently and am really loving riding the trails and falling down trying to get up hills.
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I've taken up commuting after a few years away from the road. I pulled an old (86-87) Repco of a swap-your-rubbish pile because it reminded me of my last courier bike. It had very little use on it except as dust gatherer and its been a lot of fun. Bonus, its improving my trail fitness, I'm cleaning climbs I never could before and losing weight. I'm even toying with the idea of a XC race debut early next year. Of course this would require a new bike
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There really are no words for what a Massive MTB Wussy I am compared to anyone who races or bombs around technical woods on this board. This is why I ride the MTB alone. It's simply too embarrassing to be seen by other MTBers. But I do really enjoy it. When I'm not swearing at the terrain, which never seems to care.
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