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Old 10-05-15, 12:33 PM
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You could always take up gravel riding on a roadie



or on MTB


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Old 10-05-15, 03:11 PM
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If so then neither one. They're both excellent in their own way. But it is type of restricting to do a bicycle vs street bicycle evaluation. What about all the other kinds of cycling? What about the modifications within those kinds of cycling?



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Old 10-05-15, 05:12 PM
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Well, OP, I suppose you could do city commuting on your MTB as well and become disgruntled with both.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Not sure exactly what constitutes "Happy Valley," but I rode across PA last year, stayed just north of Bellefonte and then road through the Nittany Valley and then crossed over to the Brush Valley on the way to Raymond Winter S.P. This was on a weekday. Most of the route east of Bellefonte was traffic lite and pretty nice. Hadn't been in the Brush Valley since '08. It was nice to see it again.
People that mostly ride in more populated areas like to ride the roads here. They can be very quiet, or you might run into a succession of jerks, it really depends on the phase of the moon. If you ride a lot, the jerks will definitely find you. In contrast, the woods are almost always quiet. There are some gravel roads that are over-subscribed at times, but that's rare. The issue for me is that I have to ride a good ways before I hit the quiet roads, and so every road ride features some level of conflict. And sometimes it just gets repetitive.
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What is more admirable ?
Commuting, getting onto the saddle each day & riding to work, school, grocery store, pub, etc.
Type of cycle isn't that important.
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Old 10-05-15, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka
That future won't likely come until after you're long gone. So ... deal with it.

You have choices:

Stop whining, take a bicycle handling course, and learn to ride on the road.
Ride on less busy roads.
Ride on trails and MUPs.
Go mountain biking.

Just to name a few.


Meanwhile ... have a look at this thread:
https://www.bikeforums.net/living-car...like-ride.html
Further to this ...

I don't know if these are near where you live at all, but perhaps there is something like them in your area:
SD Bike Coalition
https://bikeeastbay.org/LTR
Urban Bicycling Workshops - San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Adult Learn to Ride (ALR) | Sustainable Streets
Learn To Ride for Adults - CICLE - Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE ExchangeCICLE - Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange

REI might also have some classes:
Learn - REI.com

In Canada, there's a CanBike program with courses in various locations, and different levels and specialties:
https://canbikecanada.ca/

Wherever you are, I strongly suggest you find some classes and take them. They may help build your confidence and teach you the skills you need to ride on the roads safely.

Google 'adult learn to ride bicycle' and you'll come up with all sorts of options.

[HR][/HR]

Regarding less busy roads ... when you ride on them, you still need to follow the rules of the road, and ride safely (like what you'll learn when you take the classes). You also need to pay attention. Listen for vehicles. Keep your eyes open. If you see or hear anything that concerns you, it is up to you to take evasive action.

But the beauty of riding a quiet road is that it is quiet ... chances are you'll notice vehicles from some distance away because you'll hear them or see them. So you'll have time to monitor them and determine what they are doing.

Also, from my experience, many motorists on quieter roads drive more slowly. Plus they'll slow down when they see me. Many will go past quite slowly and wave pleasantly to me.

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Old 10-05-15, 06:50 PM
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I prefer road biking because I like to do sprints on my bike. Sprinting in general is a better way to stay in shape. I'm currently 10% body fat and trying to go even lower while gaining muscle, so long drawn out rides is not my cup of tea.
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Originally Posted by martianone
What is more admirable ?
Commuting, getting onto the saddle each day & riding to work, school, grocery store, pub, etc.
Type of cycle isn't that important.
Heh, on another forum, commuting was jokingly suggested to be the ultimate cycling sport.

If you arrive at your destination alive, you win!
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Old 10-05-15, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeMunster
I prefer road biking because I like to do sprints on my bike. Sprinting in general is a better way to stay in shape. I'm currently 10% body fat and trying to go even lower while gaining muscle, so long drawn out rides is not my cup of tea.
You obviously have never "sprinted" up a steep hill on a single track. Every bit of a workout as sprinting on the road... sometimes even more!

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Heh, on another forum, commuting was jokingly suggested to be the ultimate cycling sport.

If you arrive at your destination alive, you win!
Regular commuters do tend to ride in adverse weather that most roadies or mountain bikers would avoid... very admirable in my book!
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Old 10-05-15, 09:23 PM
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This is like debating whether chocolate or vanilla ice cream is better. People like what they like. Biking of any kind is admirable compared to riding the couch. I am not a fan of mountain biking. I'm too old and rattling my bones on a mountain bike sounds more like torture than fun. But that's just me!
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Old 10-06-15, 02:20 AM
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See the thing about road cycling is this.. Yes the chances may be that you might not die from cycling, but when hundreds of cars are passing you at 50 mph and you hear them, it's still in the back of your mind. At least for me it is. So even though I may not actually die from getting hit on the road, the thought is provoking. So I'm considering more mountain biking. But dam, I really wanna be free on the roads too. However, cycling with cars isn't so free. The concept is amazing though, taking your bike wherever you want. In San Francisco, it seems like they are planning on making it one of the best biking cities. They've provided infrastructure and green painted lanes for Market Street and are expanding. If that gets really good, I may do some over there. I think that I'm always gonna stick to a small amount of roads, ones that I can handle for short periods, to get to the lane or trail. Like for instance, I wanna bike the Golden Gate Bridge, they have plenty of protection. The Bay Bridge is halfway complete, and the Bay Trail is right there. So I do have some options that are road related aside from the multi use paved trails. But I don't know if I'm being responsible by taking my bike on a highway. I just don't know about that.. I've read too many bad news stories.

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Old 10-06-15, 02:39 AM
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Do both. Just got back on a MTB after years off one. Most fun I've had with my clothes on in years. Also discovered I still have some good skills, even on a freebie mid '90s Giant ATX 840 with 60mm of travel on it's basic front forks. I'm sitting in the top third for a local downhill track! I reckon you need both. Road for getting rhythm and cadence sorted and MTB for fun and skills.
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No cyclocross in San Francisco? Here's its popular because there's plenty of space near the MUPs to practice.

Cyclocross is off-road racing for road bikes - well, certain types of road bikes (cyclocross bikes, gravel bikes, etc.). I've heard of MTB riders competing in it too.
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Old 10-06-15, 08:55 AM
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BOTH is the correct answer. Each one has their distinct virtues. Also, the best hill climbers on road bikes I know spend a lot of time mountain biking. I don't think that is coincidence.
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I agree... Look at my signature. I have two different styles of bikes for two totally different purposes.

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However...
I don't dress up in a full kit and race around at like 30 mph, trying in vain to beat the guy in front of me.
I prefer to be comfortable and enjoy riding C&V bikes. I guess I'm as "old school" as my bike!
I still enjoy going off road (but within reason), and refuse to attempt things that the younger guys do. They are either very skilled, or they have a death wish!
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85
See the thing about road cycling is this.. Yes the chances may be that you might not die from cycling, but when hundreds of cars are passing you at 50 mph and you hear them, it's still in the back of your mind.

Do you know what a quiet country road is?
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Originally Posted by Machka
Do you know what a quiet country road is?
sure those are roads where rednecks in big diesel trucks roll coal when they pass you

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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
You obviously have never "sprinted" up a steep hill on a single track. Every bit of a workout as sprinting on the road... sometimes even more!
Yeah but I want to go fast. Going up hill is like having an epic music playing in the background but you're staying one place.
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MTB is fun


But so is road
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Originally Posted by BikeMunster
Yeah but I want to go fast. Going up hill is like having an epic music playing in the background but you're staying one place.
Seems like it's better to be an all-rounder though if you want to race, unless you find a team that's looking specifically for sprinters. All-rounders and climbers kill sprinters on the hilly parts of any race.

For just working out, climbing as fast as you can will give you hell of a workout. Try it sometime.
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Originally Posted by Scummer
MTB is fun


But so is road
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Originally Posted by GovernorSilver
Seems like it's better to be an all-rounder though if you want to race, unless you find a team that's looking specifically for sprinters. All-rounders and climbers kill sprinters on the hilly parts of any race.

For just working out, climbing as fast as you can will give you hell of a workout. Try it sometime.
Hmmmm you are giving me ideas. Maybe I should join a team hmmm... Will try it for sure!
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