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Old 11-12-05, 09:38 PM
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My commuting bike

Here is what I use for commuting. It is a 2006 specialized hard rock sport. Bought it for 350$ and upgraded to armadillo slick tires for another 70$. Also put a blinker light on the back because I ride at night sometimes.

I use this bike on the roads all the time, and was wondering how it compares to those 600$+ dollar road bikes. I know that this bike has shocks, and road bikes don't. Also the handlebars are different.

Can someone explain to me how a nice road bike compares to this one for commuting?

I'm including a picture of the bike.
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Old 11-12-05, 10:02 PM
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Since you ask: a road-racing bike could be significantly faster in situations where air drag is the main thing slowing you down (cruising on level ground, or going downhill). They would be quicker to accelerate, too. Their thinner tires and lighter rims call for more caution regarding potholes and stuff, though. They may not have the "low-range" gears that your mountain bike has for super-steep climbs, although a lot of them can be had with that option now.

I commute on a mountain bike too, but I sure do miss my road-racer; that thing was a blast to ride in traffic
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I commuted on a Mt.Bike with slicks for quite some time (2003 Giant Iguana). I now ride a Flat Bar Road Bike (2005 Fuji Royale). Waaaaay faster. I upgraded to a 11/23 rear cassette and now my rides are even faster. I do have a few fairly steep hill climbs but I got used to the higher gears pretty quickly.

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Old 11-13-05, 01:47 AM
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Thanks for the replies, really helpful. The reason why I was reluctant to get a road bike is most importantly the price, but also the lack of shocks. Is it really bumpy without them? Also what is a rear casette and how is it different than what a mountain bike has?
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The rear cassette is your cluster of cogs on your back wheel. With a mountain bike, you get a really big low gear for the steep hills - I think 34t is standard, where road bikes may only have a 28t. By the way, I turned a fairly expensive Cannondale XC bike into my commuter.
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Old 11-13-05, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by toxicrain
Thanks for the replies, really helpful. The reason why I was reluctant to get a road bike is most importantly the price, but also the lack of shocks. Is it really bumpy without them?

I wouldn't worry too much about the Shocks, I have an old (1994) Trek 7000 Mountain Bike (MTB)
My Shocks are dialed in so much as to "Stiffen" them up as much as possible to ride on the ROADS.
I kind of wish I had my old Front Forks, I would put them back on, but I enjoy my Shocks when I need them on weekends.

So if you can... I would Tighten up them shocks to about NO PLAY, if you are commuting on pavement or such.

This time of year I commute in total Darkness to and from work... I have 3 Blinkies on the Rear and a very strong (Dual System) Headlite on the Front (30w total).

One good thing about the bike you bought, You can carry HEAVIER loads on a MTB then on a ROAD bike.
I tend to carry a lot of "junk" (Lunches, all weather gear, Lock, etc....).

Here is an OLD picture,

I have since put the Clipless pedals back on, Rear Fender, Front "Grunge" Guard, etc...

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Hence , the scorcher concept is being reborn.
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There's more to a smooth ride than shocks. Frame geometry, wheel and tire size, and frame material affect ride comfort. The issue when riding on a road is vibration more than terrestrial turbulance (bumps). Road bikes have larger wheels and most have carbon fiber -- at least in the fork and seatpost - to dampen vibration.

I have a Trek 1000c road bike. I don't have an single gram of carbon on the bike. But with 28mm tires it rides smooth.

I also have a very old all steel mtb that has no shocks on it. It also rides very smooth. Steel flexes better than aluminum.
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For commuting, I've ridden an aluminium mtb, a steel road bike, and a steel cyclocross bike. The mtb had a rack and was pretty smooth; the road bike had no rack and was fast and agile; the cross bike has a rack and is tough and agile and relatively quick. The cross bike does it best for me, as I have none of the thin-tire worries of the road bike, and none of the man-I-could-be-going-so-much-faster feelings of the mtb. And it takes a rack, so I can load it up, but with no rack, it's still pretty quick.

Edit: I guess I meant, "and with nothing on the rack, it's still pretty quick."

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.... and with and empty rack its just as fast I imagine.

... bag for me ... even at 25 pounds
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Today was my first official commute day, on my MTB. I make a sharp right partway down a hill on my way to work. Even with knobby XC tires, it's no big deal. But today, fully loaded, it was a whole different story. To have that much weight shift when you're going about 50 - no fun at all.
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