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Multi Bikes/Disciplines

Old 01-30-14, 11:52 AM
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Multi Bikes/Disciplines

Started off "cycling" about 15 years ago, on a mountain bike. I use to drive to trail heads (30-45 min away) and ride local rail trails. Couple things annoyed me about being only a mountain biker - hated getting the bike filthy (cleaning it afterwards) and didn't like having to drive to trails.

I switched to road after a few years as I preferred the endurance (aerobic vs anerobic) aspect of road. Since then I've been a roadie. I still like the road, but I like to add to the mix...last year I bought a cross bike for gravel roads (opens up the riding area around my town) and have also spent time with her on rail trails and single track (challenging!). Last year I was on vacation and rented a mountain bike as there were some very good trails in the area - had a blast. I also have a bike for touring and do this time to time. Use to have a tri bike and gave that a shot but sold it as I really like cycling over running/swimming.

Well, you know how it is...winter gets the brain thinking about bikes and I'm wondering if I want to add a mountain bike to the stable. Given I would now have a good variety of bikes, I could choose the ride based on the day and my mood. I already have three options (fast roadie, slow/comfortable roadie that I can tour with, and cross for everything else). Not sure I'll get a lot of benefit from a mountain bike - but I did have a great time on the trails last summer.

Who out there rides different types of bikes and do you find they get equal cycling time, or do you end up leaning towards one, or two?

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So, touring bike, commuter bike, 2 dedicated winter commuting bikes, snow bike, a beach cruiser tandem, 29er hardatil mt bike, 29er full sus. mt bike and a 26er full bike. Yup all get used. I prefer dirt to pave. N=1 is always good. Road riding is for bikers who don't have enough skills to pedal off road. Seriously, if you like dirt, the intensity of the pedaling and intervals are a much better workout than pave.
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