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mountain or road?

Old 04-07-03, 02:00 PM
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mountain or road?

i have noticed that there are a lot of cyclists who only ride either road or mountain, and seem to be anti-(other type of rider). i am wondering what people's reasons are behind their riding preference, and what is it about the other type of riding that they do not like?

i, myself, used to be solely a mountain biker, and wondered why anyone would want to ride on the road next to all the commotion, exhaust, etc, when there were all these trails with obstacles, serene landscapes, etc.
since i bought a touring bike, however, i've come to realize what i've been missing on the open road. it's a different type of riding for sure, but the feeling is the same: the feeling like being a 10 year old riding my bike.
i do have a special love for mountain biking in particular, so that is what i would have to choose. but i certainly do not have anything against road riding, and am growing to love it as well.
what about you? - your preference, and how you feel about the other type of riding?
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Old 04-07-03, 02:22 PM
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I started out with a Peugeot road bicycle in late -80ties. Then went for a mountainbike/hybrid (Miyata On/off roadrunner) that I sold to finance my present Cannondale M600. My present bike is a mishmash of road, mtn and commuter. Im very happy with it. I do not have any attitudes against other type of cycling. All cycling is for the better . Im now dreaming of a Rivendell roadbike with a little retro feeling. But Im afraid it will stay with a dream
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I vote for all 3 - road, mountain and both!!!
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I'm like 80/20... most of the time I'm on my roadie.. the other 20% of the time i'm a dirtbag... I like to do both.. and a lot depends on who I ride with... guys I work with are all dirtbags.. so when I ride with them... that's what we do... but if it is just me, or riding with a club.. I prefer the roadie.. fast, smooth.. and much more comfortable over logn distances

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o.k, i should have put a "both" option on the poll, but i know i've read people's posts here who've said things like, "oh, you're one of THOSE mountain bikers", or "you should get rid of that road bike and ride a REAL bike".
don't hold back, let us know how you really feel. i'll have to admit, until about a year ago i thought of road bikers as pre-madonnas who couldn't handle the dirt.
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G9, I sound alot like you. I started w/MTBing and had no desire to road. Then I read this guys journal about touring across the US of A and I was bitten w/the desire to try it (road touring)! Now I luv both, but if absolutely forced to choose.....I'd have to got back to my roots: MTBing!!!!

I love being in the mountains, doing what very few others will do (so it seems!)
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Old 04-07-03, 03:35 PM
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I do both though lately I seem to be doing more road than mtb. That may be because it is aligator mating season where I like t ride off road. Come winter I will be back on my mtb though.
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I know that road riding is certainly a better aerobic workout...but all the stories I've seen on TV, newspapers and here about rider/vehicle collisions - I just can't bring myself to hit the pavement.
The most satisfying type of riding for me is very technical, ledgy, rocky, rough...certainly not something I'd be able to duplicate on the road either (of course it's even LESS aerobic and more anerobic as well)...
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99.5% road. Maybe .5% MTB. Just love road bikes.
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We have a mtn. bike, I have tried it on some of local paths. Just did not get into it.. Dusty, on downhills there would be twists with rocks strewn about the path. Fell down many times, trying to get used to it.. Just didn't. Maybe need to find right ride on single track or something..
did not get the sense of going somewhere, you get on a road bike. On a road bike the world can be your destination- mtn bike seemde like same old trail.. But mabye did not give it enough of a try. Still have the hybrid for the future in case..
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samp02: I'm with you. I love riding on the road. So far this year I've been on two MTB rides:

Ride 1 - I endo'd over the front wheel
Ride 2 - I fell into a briar patch

I'm going to stick with the road for a while
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Old 04-07-03, 08:16 PM
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well, I guess Id have to say Mountain biker, but Im thinking more about getting a road bike, or maybe a 'cross bike, kinda like the Kona Jake the snake.. or if the bank allows, a Vicious Cycles 'cross, well cause the Paint job is durn cool!!!
 
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I'm both, but my love is for the dirt! Riding on the road for mile after mile is mind numbing! I just can't get into it. The biggest challenge is to avoid the many "blue-hairs". I ride road, to build endurance for the mtn bike.

If I could only ride one, for the rest of my life, it'd be the dirt all the way!

Off-road is where it's at! Dropping down a chute, hitting a switchback and pulling a nose wheelie around it! Jumping! Carving into a turn, two wheel slide and having the tires finally hook-up...etc. Pushing yourself beyond your limits. Crashing is part of the fun! If you're not crashing, you're not pushing hard enough. Being bloody is a right of passage!

I'm cool that mtn biking isn't for everyone, keeps the trails less crowded.

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First off...on this site road will win. more than half the people here are very road specific ...that said

I hate long unexciting rides. The more technical the better. I don't even like regular xc. I need ladders, bridges, teeters, steeps everything. If they ride doesn't make me fall or let me go fast than it was really worth it. I suppose I am an adrenaline junky....

I might consider riding road in the future (convert an old MTB into a slick looking hybrid) but really all my money, time and thoughts goes to technique and technical riding

I'm cool that mtn biking isn't for everyone, keeps the trails less crowded
Its all good

Ride 1 - I endo'd over the front wheel
Ride 2 - I fell into a briar patch
That wasn't fun for ya? If you don't fall once while on a mtb you aren't going fast enough
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I've never ridden a road bike but I'm sure I'd like the fact that I can go fast. On a road bike you could be going 30 mph and not even know it but when you're on a mountain bike and you're weaving in and out of trees or you have to decide which path on a rock garden to go or you're face could become part of that rock permanently gets my adrenaline going more than riding on a flat paved surface for a couple of hours.
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o.k, i should have put a "both" option on the poll
Yes, that is where I would cast my vote. I am happy just riding, no matter what kind of terrain is under my tires....except sand....and I don't think I would care for ice either....
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I'm an adrenaline junky, and I don't get any rush riding on the road. That is... unless I don't wear my helmet or something



To me there is no better feeling than ripping down a rocky, rooted, singletrack trail at 45+ mph at the brink of being out of control. I love being in the air, love the crunch of gravel under my tires, love slinging mud, love the hum of a set of knobbies on some hardpack, love railing berms, big dropoffs, stream crossings, grueling, technical climbs and descents, and the satisfaction behind them all.


Riding on the road is a necessity for me... which makes it seem like more of a hassle than anything.
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Im a mountain biker ... and for you wimps who go "oh well I crashed on the mountain bike so I aint doin that agian" geez ... I broke my collarbone going over the handlebars, hit a parked car while checking out a good looking girl (16 stitches in my left leg) and got really bad road rash on downieville downhill last year cause I was unable to negotiate an off camber turn, and im only 18 years old. I have done a good amount of road biking, went from my house to the coast (about 100 miles) and many other rides when I was younger. But none of the road biking can compare to mountain biking. The rush of going fast down a singletrack is always a lot better than one crank after the other pedaling like you do in roadbiking.

Roads are for cars! Dirt is for Quads, 4 wheel drive vehicles, and mountain bikes.
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Originally posted by Melt
hit a parked car while checking out a good looking girl (16 stitches in my left leg)
If you're gonna get stitches thats the reason to get it.
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Um....

What if you ride a Hybrid?
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By the way Melt how did you manage to get 16 stitches, did you run into a car and go through one of the windows? Crap that gash in your leg must have been 10 inches long!
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Gonna have to go with mountain biking. I might get a road bike at some point for commuting or riding around town, but that won't be till after I graduate. The mountain bike can't be displaced, however. It gets me around town and then out into the better places of the world.
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Both. I commute as well as hit the trails.
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