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Old 09-21-16, 02:13 PM
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having more than one type/style of bike question

I'm posting here as an Athena as I want the bigger bodied people's opinions...

If you have say a mountain bike and a road bike do you really switch back and forth between the two often? Do you find yourself favoring one over the other?

I'm trying to figure out if I should bike the bullet and get a road bike to go longer distances. The roads around here are not great (fine on a mtb) and often if you you want long stretches it's out into the country side/farm land (sucky on a mtb but you have to get there first in town). My mountain bike has always handled the roads, crappy bike paths, and trails just fine and I do really like it in general.
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Here's my opinion, take it for what it's worth.

If you're not doing actual mountain biking, i.e. singletrack, downhill, proper off-roading, then you're better off with a road bike that can handle a bit of rough road. Mountain bikes don't belong on the road IMHO.

The reason being that if you do start going proper long distances, you'll not going to want to be doing that on a mountain bike. A road bike is best for long distances, but if you find yourself riding on rougher roads, then those narrow skinny tires can be an issue, luckily there's a solution at hand: The gravel bike, which for all the hype is essentially a road bike that can take bigger tires. A gravel bike with some slick large (say 700x35 or 700x40) tires, makes a great bike for going long distances, and riding on rough pavement, chipsealed roads and gravel roads, while having the advantages of a road bike (lighter, drop handlebars, faster, more comfortable geometer for endurance riding).

Out of my 4 bikes, I tend to switch between two mainly, my road bike and my gravel bike. My mountain bike is old and is mainly used for commuting when I need to work on campus (not often), and my 4th bike a cross bike that's languishing on Craigslist.
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I have one of each; road bike, cyclocross, hardtail mountain, and full suspension. The hardtail mountain bike is the favorite these days. Use it for many of my M-F commutes and on the weekends out in the dirt. That bike fits me the best, its more maneuverable, and am more comfortable on it than the others. The other reason I like it is that the bigger tires and bit more weright of the bike gives me a better workout that the thin tired road bike.

My second most used bike is the cyclocross. I have 40mm tires on her now. That bike just eats up rough pavement and gravel roads.
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I ride 3 bikes with different riding positions, upright, semi-upright and drop-bar road bike.
I find each uses slightly different thigh muscles and tendons, and each uses a slightly different mix of core muscles.
I ride 100-150 mi/wk, make a point to consciously support myself with core muscles rather than neck and shoulders, and try to ride each bike every week.
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I'm still considering getting a gravel bike myself so to only have one bike for group road riding and rails to trails riding.
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Originally Posted by SugarMonkey View Post
I'm posting here as an Athena as I want the bigger bodied people's opinions...

If you have say a mountain bike and a road bike do you really switch back and forth between the two often? Do you find yourself favoring one over the other?

I'm trying to figure out if I should bike the bullet and get a road bike to go longer distances. The roads around here are not great (fine on a mtb) and often if you you want long stretches it's out into the country side/farm land (sucky on a mtb but you have to get there first in town). My mountain bike has always handled the roads, crappy bike paths, and trails just fine and I do really like it in general.

Consider a Giant Toughroad.
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Old 09-21-16, 06:52 PM
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I have three bikes currently, not counting a tandem which I gave to my son but he stores in my garage. My Domane road bike is the king of the fleet and gets ridden the most (so far about 2300 miles this year). When I travel on vacation I take my Bike Friday. I have about 400 miles on it this year. Then I have a Trek cyclocross I ride in inclement weather and on crushed limestone trails (like the Katy trail). Probably only about 100 miles this year. They are all set up with similar geometry. I don't need a mountain bike, since if I get off road it's an accident. So I strongly recommend if you are a roady, get a road bike or two.

By the way, the Domane is great on rough roads, like pitch and seal.
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Old 09-21-16, 07:23 PM
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Similar to what Cychologist said, I have a Giant Defy Advanced for road riding.

I also have a Windsor Tourist that I use on places like the Katy Trail; night rides; and when there might be ice on the roads. It has fatter tires which can handle those conditions better. I'll probably put 500 miles on the Tourist (250 of them already on the Katy) and 3,500 miles on the Giant.
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Old 09-22-16, 04:38 AM
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Multiple bikes... when the Mrs. questions me about the number of bikes i have, i simply tell here you have to have the right tool for the job!

But yes, i have a road bike for long distance and going faster... I have a "gravel" bike as a like to do gravel races... for casual rides around the neighbor hood i have a big, heavy hybrid. For the woods I have a hard tail MTB that i could probably part with as I recently picked up a full suspension MTB... but more than likely will keep it as a back up bike... along with my back up road bike...
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Originally Posted by SugarMonkey View Post
If you have say a mountain bike and a road bike do you really switch back and forth between the two often? Do you find yourself favoring one over the other?

I'm trying to figure out if I should bike the bullet and get a road bike to go longer distances. The roads around here are not great.
First of all, great forum name

How bad are the roads near you? People who haven't ridden on say a 25mm road tire imagine them to be like ice skating, but they are really more stable than that. Where I live we have what many consider to be some of the worst roads in the US. Broken up chipseal and whiterock gravel roads interconnecting them. My 25mm GatorHardshell tires handle all of that fine. By the way, my road bike can take up to 33mm tires and I chose to run 25's on it.

The only time I feel like I need a bigger tire is if I actually go off road on a MTB trail for example. And then I have a drop bar gravel bike with 42mm tires.

I also have a dedicated touring bike that only gets ridden on tours.

Of the three bikes I own, the road bike with 25mm tires gets ridden probably 90% of the time. The other two are only used on really specific occasions.

I'm basically repeating what dr_lha said.

Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Out of my 4 bikes...
You have 4 bikes, omgees! How many bikes does one guy need?!

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Old 09-22-16, 07:10 AM
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What? One is for sale!

Also to back up what Jarrett2 said about tires, I run 700x23s (because they come in blue), and all the roads around here are chipsealed now, and it's just fine.

What you really need large tires for is traction, so if you're planning on riding on a lot of loose gravel or mud, larger tires required.

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Old 09-22-16, 07:48 AM
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Sugar Monkey, A lot of us are bike nerds and have a different bike for every situation we might encounter or every day of the week

So yes, its ok to have more than one bike
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Old 09-22-16, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by SugarMonkey View Post
I'm posting here as an Athena as I want the bigger bodied people's opinions...

If you have say a mountain bike and a road bike do you really switch back and forth between the two often? Do you find yourself favoring one over the other?

I'm trying to figure out if I should bike the bullet and get a road bike to go longer distances. The roads around here are not great (fine on a mtb) and often if you you want long stretches it's out into the country side/farm land (sucky on a mtb but you have to get there first in town). My mountain bike has always handled the roads, crappy bike paths, and trails just fine and I do really like it in general.
It all depends on budget. If you have money to burn, by a nice CF cyclocross. That will provide the speed of a road bike along with the durability and comfort of a MTB.

If money is tight, put some road tires on your MTB. You can go with some really nice ones that will add about 3-4 mph to your average riding speed easily if you are currently sporting knobby tires.
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Old 09-22-16, 09:04 AM
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N+1 for bikes. I have a crosscheck for commuting, full sus mt bike, fat bike, 2 touring bikes, a tandem, 2 winter commuters and a couple of all around hardtail mt bikes for different uses. As said before, get a roadish bike, cyclocross or gravel grinder. All pretty close, just look at tire size as well as fender and rack options, if that matters. A bike that can take tires in the range of 35-45 mm can handle a wide range of conditions. Start there.
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Having an alt bike is fine , i have 3 bike and if i had the possibility i'll buy more.
Umh... yes off course i have preferences , mostly i use my road as main but the others give me the same fun and the great feeling to use something different.
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Old 09-22-16, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
First of all, great forum name

How bad are the roads near you? People who haven't ridden on say a 25mm road tire imagine them to be like ice skating, but they are really more stable than that. Where I live we have what many consider to be some of the worst roads in the US. Broken up chipseal and whiterock gravel roads interconnecting them. My 25mm GatorHardshell tires handle all of that fine. By the way, my road bike can take up to 33mm tires and I chose to run 25's on it.

The only time I feel like I need a bigger tire is if I actually go off road on a MTB trail for example. And then I have a drop bar gravel bike with 42mm tires.

I also have a dedicated touring bike that only gets ridden on tours.

Of the three bikes I own, the road bike with 25mm tires gets ridden probably 90% of the time. The other two are only used on really specific occasions.

I'm basically repeating what dr_lha said.

You have 4 bikes, omgees! How many bikes does one guy need?!
Thanks on the name, had it a long time on many a forum set.

I'm pretty sure people think I'm riding drunk as I dodge the holes in the road in town (heaven help me if I want to ride through campus to the other town). Even on the MTB no one wants to have their teeth rattled out of their head.

The country roads are mostly chip seal but have been chip sealed so many many times that they've actually become quite smooth and slick.

I do want more distance/time on the bike. The MTB is great and I do love it as it does well off roading, so to speak, but it's not a pleasure cruise.

I have my eye on this glaringly purple Trek (model escaping me, road bike) that I'm hoping I can talk the guy down on because there is probablly not a lot of people besides me who would ride a bike that color. I do live in a Tardis blue and white house, so colors are my friends.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
How many bikes does one guy need?!
The answer to that is quite simple... Just consult the rules...

Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.


Personally, i'm quickly approaching S with 8 bikes in the stable...
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I have multiple bikes. In fact, we are in the process of moving house and I tok a trailer load of bikes to the new house on the weekend - and those were just the bikes that are unused or incomplete

I use my mtb when I am riding on trails. I have a road/touring bike that gets most road use, including my 7km of broken asphalt/7km gravel commute to work.
A 'road' bike (road, road sport, CX, gravel, adventure, or touring) that fits and allows medium width tires are all you need to ride long distances on bad roads... IMHO 28mm tires (which do not fit on many road 'racing' bikes) are an absolute minimum for riding on rough roads (I use 32mm tires and sometimes wish for a bit wider). The wider the tire you can fit the lower the pressure you can run, which results in improved traction and comfort, but with a trade off of slightly higher rolling resistance. Most all-road riders seem to use between 32mm and ~47 mm, and many think there is a sweet-spot for them somewhere in the middle of that range.

So, if you find a road-oriented bike that fits, and it can fit reasonably wide tires, then it will likely be a good addition to your fleet.
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I've got both a road & MTB. I ride the road bike 99% of the time.

It's both my commuter as well as my weekend ride. Handles potholes, poor roads, limestone trails (and some less-than-stellar trails) on 25mm tires. You just need to stand up when you approach a pothole otherwise you're asking for possible damage.

If I have a strong reason to go onto an offroad track, that I know will need a proper MTB, I'll leave the road at home but I'll pick it everytime otherwise.

If I were to do this over again: I would likely get a cyclocross bike so that I could fit larger tires if I wanted to do some mild trail riding and have a second set of rims/tires for road riding.
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I've a road, a CX, and a hybrid. The road bike gets the most use. In the late summer and fall my CX bike gets a fair amount of use racing and training and a few gravel rides other times of year. After early winter snows if it is not too deep I'll go out and play with my CX bike. Last spring and into early August my hybrid was ridden each Wednesday for an easy group ride that I was leading.
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