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Old 07-18-08, 02:35 PM
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Road to Mountain

I have ridden thousands of miles on my road bikes. About three years ago, I bought my first mountain bike. I became addicted as hell to mountain biking. I think I really like the jumps, rock gardens, and such that I just did not get with road. Since then, I have had a horrible time getting back into road cycling. The only road cycling I do now is when I commute to work, otherwise I am back to mountain biking. So now, I have four road bikes sitting in my garage that are hardly used.

Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 07-18-08, 08:55 PM
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No, not really. I also rode 1000's of miles on road bikes but stopped for several years. When I got back into biking I bought my first mountain bike. I certainly enjoy it but once I got back in shape I got out my road bike and bought a couple of new ones. I ride MTB with freinds but I do most of my riding by myself and I prefer to ride the road by myself.

Realisticaly I found that perhaps since I grew up before mountain bikes and BMX and cut my teeth on "10-speeds", I never developed the skills needed to be really good on a mountain bike and I get tired of getting spanked every time I go out.
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Old 07-18-08, 09:00 PM
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Good thing you're not hooked on fixed gear. You may end up abandoning your mountain bike too.....
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Old 07-18-08, 09:03 PM
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...ya know, if those road bikes are just laying i could.....ooh right. the topic!

I like mountain biking. but my mtbing friend quit right after i started, so i quit. i do more on the road, and my next bike will be a hardtail mtb so i can hit the trails more. (i recently sold mine, it was a piece of ****)

i like both, but with a road bike you can start from your house. mtbiking you have to load the bike, offload when you get there, it's gets to be a lot of work.
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Old 07-18-08, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
i like both, but with a road bike you can start from your house. mtbiking you have to load the bike, offload when you get there, it's gets to be a lot of work.
Guess that depends on where you live and how far you're willing to ride to the trails.

I started on road and then got into mountain so I could ride trails with my grandson. I ride mountains a lot more than road now.
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Old 07-19-08, 06:04 AM
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I have had an opposite transition...I started mountain biking and took up road cycling to help improve my mountain biking endurance. Figured with trails a drive away, if i bought a road bike i could leave the house and do endurance rides 1-3 times during the week after work which should help improve my endurance in which case i could do longer mountain bike rides on the weekend. I still try to get it 1-2 mountain rides a week, however, i find that over the weekend i am lookin to do at least one long road ride as well. I try to evenly split my time doing both, however just based on convienence, i find myself doing a little more road riding.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:10 PM
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I've always been a commuter of sorts.

Bought a sweet road bike. Built a sweet mountain bike.

At this point they both get ridden 15-20 times per year, maybe 1500 miles on the road bike and 500 miles on the mountain bike.

The commuters get ridden 3000 miles per year. One generally comes in at 38 lbs. with no fenders and small bags. The other generally comes in at 52 lbs. with full fenders and mid-size bags. If that's not enough, I'm constantly climbing hills, hopping curbs, and riding dirt on them.

I now tend to open a can of whoop ass on just about everybody I go road or mountain riding with. If you ain't a Cat. 3, don't count on hangin with me.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:20 PM
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lol
Ego much?
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Old 07-19-08, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by pletcgm View Post
Has anyone else experienced this?
Yeah, I've gone completely around the circle.

I started as a road rider before there were mountain bikes, spent a few years doing almost all of my riding on mountain bike trails, now I'm back on the roads again. A couple of weeks ago I did my first mountain bike in a couple of years. I definitely enjoyed it but my skills have definitely deteriorated. It would take the right group of guys to entice me back to the mountain bike trails on a regular basis.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:35 PM
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lol
Ego much?
In a way yes.

I love being that guy who shows up at the racing club rides just twice each year and make everybody wonder where the hell I came from.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:51 PM
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I suppose we all need things to make life worth living.

Personally, I prefer to keep my trousers and boxers up and the ruler in the desk.
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