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Old 05-28-14, 10:07 PM
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Want to try a rental road bike, what to enjoy, what not to do?

I got a cheap DB mtb around christmas when my daughters got new bigger-kid bikes so I could ride with them. My 1st cycling experience in ~20 years.

Since then I've been by myself doing 50ish miles a week on flat-trails on lunch breaks or before/after work.

A place nearby the trails rents Giant hybrids and roadbikes and I want to try both. I want higher gears sometimes on the mtb with a strong wind at my back and the hybrid will have that but unless there is a strong wind I'm not expecting a whole huge difference. Probably trying hybrid 1st.

Then there's the roadbike, the wheels/tires look so frail to me. I'm 220 pounds. Will I kill it if I jump up/down a curb? Today the trail was blocked by some skaters stopped in the middle of talking, I could have braked but I ran off into the grass and over some roots sticking up to go around, bad idea on a roadbike? or will it handle a tiny instance of stuff like that without damage or crashing?

What should I not worry about and enjoy? I should be able to get started easier + go faster at the same level of muscle output, what else?
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Old 05-28-14, 10:11 PM
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A roadbike isn't made for riding off curves. The wheels will handle it, but the tires may just go flat on you. You won't break it riding it and it handles uneven roads just fine. But, if you want to play ride a cx bike (off road road bike) or an mtb instead. Grass, small roots, gravel is ok on a roadie but you will get a bit shaken up. It transmits all the energy directly to you.
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Road bikes are great though and IMHO much more fun than hybrids, especially if you already have MTB. Poster above is right road bike wheels can handle a lot (provided you get wheels with a decent spoke count) but a great way to improve a road bike is to upgrade the tires to 25 or 28mm. I suppose thats in CX territory so maybe yeah try a CX bike too.
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Road bikes are great though and IMHO much more fun than hybrids, especially if you already have MTB. Poster above is right road bike wheels can handle a lot (provided you get wheels with a decent spoke count) but a great way to improve a road bike is to upgrade the tires to 25 or 28mm. I suppose thats in CX territory so maybe yeah try a CX bike too.
I wouldn't ride a bike with 23c wheels off a curve. First you WILL get a pinch flat (potholes have done me in a few times) and second at 120psi it will hurt. 28c at a lower pressure? No problem.
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That's kind of what I meant - personally I ride 23c wheels off and up curbs but you have to know what you are doing to avoid pinch flats and handle the impact (the latter not such a big deal once you know how to absorb it) but yeah 28's go great on road bikes and make everything much much smoother.
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Most places that rent bikes are not going to rent you a high quality road bike with lightweight, narrow tire wheels that can't survive occasional abuse. That's because they know that renters do not treat rental bikes the same way they treat their own bikes. The shop will expect you to pay for damage caused by your own carelessness. That's why it is not a good idea to ride one of them off curbs. I remember a guy carrying a rental bike into the shop where I worked. The front wheel was a pretzel shaped object. His explanation was that it just happened. Bull.
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A place nearby the trails rents Giant hybrids and road bikes
Thats rare , LBS here only rents Coaster brake cruisers , then sells them at cost, in the winter .

gets new ones next year,.. repeat.
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Originally Posted by John Redcorn View Post
A place nearby the trails rents Giant hybrids and roadbikes and I want to try both. I want higher gears sometimes on the mtb with a strong wind at my back and the hybrid will have that but unless there is a strong wind I'm not expecting a whole huge difference. Probably trying hybrid 1st.

Then there's the roadbike, the wheels/tires look so frail to me. I'm 220 pounds. Will I kill it if I jump up/down a curb? Today the trail was blocked by some skaters stopped in the middle of talking, I could have braked but I ran off into the grass and over some roots sticking up to go around, bad idea on a roadbike? or will it handle a tiny instance of stuff like that without damage or crashing?

What should I not worry about and enjoy? I should be able to get started easier + go faster at the same level of muscle output, what else?
I know that place- it's where I bought my Kona from .

Been a while since I've been there, but his rental fleet at the time consisted of Giant and Kona mtbs (mostly hardtails), a couple of tandems, Giant FCR3 hybrids and Felt roadies. There really isn't all that much difference between the old Giant FCR (flat bar) and OCR (drop bar)- which are now known as Rapid (flat) and Defy (drop).

If you are riding the trails, I can't imagine you needing to do any curb jumping. I've been on: RiverPark East and West, Newblock, Midland Valley, Mingo, River City (SS), Aquarium, and Katy/SS trails and they all have cut-outs when intersecting with streets.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Most places that rent bikes are not going to rent you a high quality road bike with lightweight, narrow tire wheels that can't survive occasional abuse. ..
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Thats rare , LBS here only rents Coaster brake cruisers , ....
Not the case in my personal experience. I've rented skinny tired road bikes in at least 5 different cities, about a dozen times. Of course I can't claim they're available in every city, but have been every time I've wanted to. Not always top end, but certainly 23 or 25 mm tires and typical road bike frames and components. Sometimes the cheapest model of a given brand, sometimes not bad at all. Call around, you'll find them.

I've also rented cross bikes (aka cx) which have very similar features to road bikes, one exception being, usually, sturdier wheels and wider (~32mm) tires. They can often take fenders and rear racks too, making them pretty versitile. With lighter wheels and tires, they can be fairly easily converted to something very similar to a "real" road bike. Watch the gearing though - true cross bikes have gearing that is very specific to that racing-type event, as opposed to what a true road bike gearing is.

If the OP genuinely wants a bike that can regularly go over roots and curbs (not curves!!) the cross or hybrid bike might be the way to go. Skinny tired true road bikes really aren't intended for use like that, especially not regularly. And at 220lbs, that's another factor. A skinny 130 pound person, maybe.

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Old 06-03-14, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
I know that place- it's where I bought my Kona from .
If you are riding the trails, I can't imagine you needing to do any curb jumping. I've been on: RiverPark East and West, Newblock, Midland Valley, Mingo, River City (SS), Aquarium, and Katy/SS trails and they all have cut-outs when intersecting with streets.
I was thinking I might have to to get to the trail. I've been on all the riverparks and jenks stuff and maybe like a third or half of creek turnpike/liberty trail. I keep looking at the incog website at all those to do and hoping the wife will give me time to do it. Esp. when I get rid of the mtb & buy my specialized crosstrail fewish weeks from now!

Edit: I still haven't rented anything there yet. Since looking at some hybrids dual sports this weekend, reading about them over the weekend and looking at more yesterday I'm all set to buy a hybrid and haven't even rode one yet lol. I'm going to try one of his at lunch tomorrow.

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Also, hybrid or road, going to be pretty much the same as mtb going into wind or uphill in an upright position? Higher gears aren't going to help there, lower weight should a bit for hills?
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Going into a head wind, a lower riding position is better. Drop bars give you more position options.

Going uphill, I suspect the more upright position of hybrids and mountain bikes is a bit of a disadvantage. The steeper you go, the worse it would get.

A lighter bike will tend to be more responsive in terms accelerating, braking and handling.
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Bicycle Rentals! - Bike World San Antonio

Local shop lets you rent trek 2.1's and trek madone's in addition to full sups and hard tail MTBs, hybrids, and cruisers, in additional to city bikes nearby.

Maybe ask for a MTB?

Oh, and 220 isn't that heavy. I'm 215, was in the LBS today, and they put me on super skinny tired tri bikes/high end road bikes and stuff, no worries for normal use.

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