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    Road Bike or Mountain Bike on Greenway Trails?

    I've got a Mountain bike for trail riding and then a road bike for road riding. For riding on paved greenway trails which would you suggest? My thought is the road bike since they are paved but I think there are a few small sections that are unpaved but hard packed. Will my regular road tires handle this ok? The tires on the MTB are knobby so I'm not sure it's going to be the smoothest ride but wasn't sure if the road tires would get torn up.

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    I'd vote mountain or hybrid bike. Maybe a cross-bike (road type with bigger knobby tires).

    The road bike will be fine on trails but you won't be able to open it up and really fly due to joggers, strollers, dogs, etc. Something a little slower and comfortable may be better suited. If you're planning on going on longer rides then a road bike would be fine.

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    Road bike. And OWN THAT MF"ING MUP!

    Give the look. Drop babies in strollers. Curse at small children riding cattywompus on the MUP and definitely let dog walkers have it with both barrels if their dog isn't on a TIGHT leash.

    Make sure you're in full kit of course.

    YEAH!

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    I use my road bike on our MUPS; I have 700x25 tires, which provide a little more cushion for the transition areas than 23's. There is a trail fairly close to me, so I just ride my bike from home, and use sections of the trail to avoid vehicle traffic.

    The only time I really want a mountain bike or hybrid is on an old converted railway trail about ten miles from me... It is paved for about 8 miles, then turns into packed gravel for the really scenic part. I don't even try to ride on that section.

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    Well I did 15 miles on the greenway today with my road bike and it was great. The wooden bridges and a few other spots had me a bit nervous with the cheap road tires I have but it went well. I may invest in some more appropriate tires for the greenway but it was good. It seemed so much easier than road riding and took the stress out of worrying about cars riding so close to me. I will probably venture out to the greenways more often as I'm really only riding for exercise. It was pretty quiet. A few people walking and the occasional biker but very quiet which was nice.

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    +1 TrojanHorse!

    I ride the trails near my house with my road bike because its my only bike. I've fitted it with 28s and use it for long rides and short MUP rides with the family all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Road bike. And OWN THAT MF"ING MUP!

    Give the look. Drop babies in strollers. Curse at small children riding cattywompus on the MUP and definitely let dog walkers have it with both barrels if their dog isn't on a TIGHT leash.

    Make sure you're in full kit of course.

    YEAH!
    This guy knows what's up, as you pass at 20mph tell them "Hey slow traffic to the right Snorlax!"
    Assume nothing; Question everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    This guy knows what's up, as you pass at 20mph tell them "Hey slow traffic to the right Snorlax!"
    I'm obviously old, I had to google Snorlax...

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    Road bike on the MUP. . . especially early when no one, or hardly anyone is there. 15 mph speed limit be damned.

    MTB are for dirt and mud.

    Incidentally, I narrowly avoided not one, but TWO head on collisions this past Sunday by a fellow roadies who refused to yield to a runner or walker and just couldn't be arsed to slow down and wait for 5 seconds. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, do not be those scumbags.

    Finally, the vast majority of runners, etc really appreciate cyclists who announce 1) their presence ("cyclist approaching", and 2) their intentions ("cyclist passing on your left").
    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
    "So I do not run like someone who doesn't run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air."
    "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwellman View Post
    Finally, the vast majority of runners, etc really appreciate cyclists who announce 1) their presence ("cyclist approaching", and 2) their intentions ("cyclist passing on your left").
    I, as a runner, don't have any trouble hearing bikers approach long before they get a chance to pass me. Besides, if you're on the road bikers/runners do their thing on different sides. You should always run against traffic and bike with. (There are some exceptions for hills and what not with running.)

    On a trail it's useful, but it's usually the blatantly unaware runners who you need to announce yourself to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
    I, as a runner, don't have any trouble hearing bikers approach long before they get a chance to pass me.
    Oh. The Rule #65 breakers.
    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
    "So I do not run like someone who doesn't run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air."
    "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwellman View Post
    Oh. The Rule #65 breakers.
    I have no idea what that means but if I had to assume it'd be "Don't assume people do as you do."

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    Fast hybrid with some puncture-resistant 700 X 28's would be a good way to go.


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