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Old 04-29-05, 08:53 AM
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Touring on a Mt. Bike?

Bought my Hardrock Sport 2years ago and love it. Mostly ride on street, but take it on modest trails sometimes. I just put on some road type tires and definitely makes it easier to cruise the asphalt. I have committed to 3 charity rides of 50 miles each and plan on using my Hardrock. Am I missing something here? Will I need a road bike? My teammates for these rides tell me I need a road bike as they are designed for distance. I also am taking a Europe vacation via bike in June for 7 days and plan to take my bike. Any downside to using my bike for these rides? Will the more upright position of my bike be too uncomfortable?
BTW, I am 6-2, 215, 54, very good condition, and ride 5 days/week, usually 5-10 mile trips. I love the stability, upright view of the road, and softer ride than my old road bike. What do you guys think?
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Old 04-29-05, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by jimx200
...Any downside to using my bike for these rides?
MPH.

But no, people do solo tour on Mountain bikes. I don't know if this is a group tour if so will you be able to keep up? I don't know. I would ask in the Touring forum. Some real good experienced people post there. Or at least they used to . I haven't been there in a while.
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Old 04-29-05, 09:26 AM
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There are 3 things that would come to mind

1. I would find 1'' tires or less to ride with ( never looked myself but might be hard to find) and they might be too small for your rims. I would ask your LBS about finding the skinniest tire that you could run with
2. the largest front ring on a mountain bike is going to be considerably smaller than a road bike causing you to 'top out' early on your gears. I.E. While your road bike friends are pushing 53x11 on a 700cc wheel, you are left spinning a 44-46x11 on a 26'' wheel causing you to spin like a madman to keep up. OK for short bursts, but in the long run not the greatest way to travel.
3. The suspension fork is useless on the road. It is heavier and less efficient.

Although, for 'touring' it might not matter. If you are doing a loaded tour these differences will be less noticable

Personally, I wouldn't feel compelled to get a new bike just for 3 charity rides.
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Old 04-29-05, 09:47 AM
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bar ends would give you more places to put your hands, which would help on the long distance rides.
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Old 05-02-05, 10:53 PM
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Just finished my charity ride and am damm proud of myself...guess the last 3 years in the guy, my 3-4 mile walks, and red wine therapy (gotta keep the cholesterol in check) really helped. My Hardrock with smoothies did fine. A few times I wish I had the bar ends for another hand position. I kept up well with everybody except the "boy racers in their team colors, but hey when we hit 1/2 mile of road work, I nailed most of them... Not even sure I want a road bike at this point...I put a Serfas upgrade bio seat and had a tech guy help me with fit...and my butt (and other parts) survived well. I have pretty much made up my mind to use my mt bike for my travel in Spain. I know, giving up a lot of weight, but to me, I love the stability on rough road. NOTE: I do wish I had another top gear....oh well.
Thanks everybody. Happy as heck here just to be riding!
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Old 05-02-05, 10:55 PM
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That should be the "last 3 years in the gym"....lol...no, I don't live in the Castro dist...lol
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