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Old 04-10-16, 04:29 PM
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Do you road cycle and mountain bike?

I grew up mountain biking and only in the last couple years have falling in love with road cycling. I had an older (2004 Giant) mountain bike sitting in my garage and recently have finished rebuilding it so I can check out some local trails. I've never mountain biked where I live now so I joined a local MTB club. It seems like the expectation is to also work on the trails, they tend to work for 2 hours and then ride the trails. This makes for a long day but I'll see how it goes.

I'm interested in others who do both, do you feel like it takes away from your progression on one to also do the other? In my experience the trail is much more about full body strength and agility as well as explosive power where to me the road is much more about endurance and situational awareness.

Before I started road cycling I thought the "roadies" were crazy because they could die from sharing all the roads with cars, now I'm a little nervous of getting on the trail as I feel much more likely to crash and break a collar bone...funny how that works.

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Old 04-10-16, 05:07 PM
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I did some trail riding after moving to Colorado in my 30s, but I prefer commuting and road cycling. I still hike on foot occasionally, but I haven't ridden off-road in earnest in 15 years.
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Old 04-10-16, 05:22 PM
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Yes. I am an old man (64), but still do both. Road in my Fall/Winter/Spring/Early Summer locale; mtb in my summer locale. Interesting you mention your mtb; mine is an older Giant Rainier ('05), extensively rebuilt (frame is about all that's left!). Serves my now-nontechnical trail riding perfectly adequately.

Ride mtb in summers because I love riding off-road (always have) and I have trails both 'found' and man-made within a few minutes of my front door. Why ride on the road when one has that? Road the rest of the time because I don't like 'driving to ride', because I enjoy it just as much, and because it is complementary to mtb.


Road fitness is great and transfers well; mtb 'strength' is good, and the bike-handling abilities one naturally develops are useful in any setting.
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Old 04-10-16, 05:23 PM
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I'm a roadie. I just did my first MTB ride two weeks ago, a recommended "non-technical" course for a first timer. It was a lot of fun and a different experience. I'm going to do it again. If after a few times I want to stick with it I may be a new (used) suspension bike. I can see from my first ride that my old rigid MTB will be tough on my 58 year old body.
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I do both, too. Anytime you're spinning the cranks it helps you build strength, so I think it's good to do both types if you enjoy it. My off road riding is pretty mellow though, I'm not one of those 'to the extreme' types that crashes into everything and breaks something on the bike with every ride.
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I am a mountain biker who took up road riding. I am a firm believer that mtb riding made me a stronger road rider, esp when we hit the climbs. If there is one thing a real mtb rider learns fast, is climbing skills because hike-a-bike is not fun. Climbing technique is a good skill to learn and Mtbers know this.
Road riding is easier mile/mile but hours is the saddle exert about the same energy only mtb has more HIIT and peak output, which makes for a better overall cyclist, road or mtb.
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Old 04-10-16, 10:52 PM
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Both here as well though I lean more toward the MTB. I actually just bought a cross bike and it has been fun to hit the road with it, ride to some MTB trails, blow by some MTBers on my road bike, and then ride back home . I find they both help each other.

I really doubt they work 2 hours on the trails before every single ride. That sounds like a once a month kind of thing. When we do group rides if we come across something like a tree down and we can fix it we do so but that is about as far as we go for normal rides.
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MTB skills on the road have been really helpful for me as well. I handle the bike differently than I've seen a lot of others who have never been into MTB'ing. When I see an obstacle I'm not afraid to hop over it (like nasty railroad tracks), if I'm coming off a bike sidewalk I'm not afraid to hop and land on both wheels at once instead of finding the ramp. I didn't realize that wasn't "normal" in my group rides until someone asked me, "How do you do that?"

After strictly riding the road for the last couple years and many years off the MTB before that I wonder if I'll have some skills I didn't have before on the trail...maybe my endurance for the long climbs will be better.

Unfortunately in my area you have to drive at least 20 minutes to find good single track so I'll more than likely stay primarily a road cyclist. I do love the idea of doing both and I'm glad some of you do as well...
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Old 04-11-16, 09:09 AM
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Both, CX and gravel too.
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