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Old 11-01-10, 07:16 AM
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Does Road biking....

Make you a better mountain biker?

I just sold my Rocky Mountain and im looking to pick up a used road bike.
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Old 11-01-10, 07:33 AM
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Yes it does. And vice versa: mountain biking makes you a better road rider as well.
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I think it does - in the same way swimming makes you a better wakeboarder.
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it makes you fitter, faster, stronger(in the legs. your upper body, which you need for mountain biking, gets nothing). it does nothing for the "mad skillz" you need to actually mountain bike.
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yes and no

Road biking puts you in better shape, you will be faster on climbing and so on, but if you will get too much addicted to the road (like me) - you loose the technics skills of mountain riding.
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It definitely helped me in areas, though I find that each form of cycling works similar muscles in different ways.
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Yin and yang, hombre.
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More than anything else road biking will get you in trouble with your hardcore mtb friends. They will make fun of you and call you names.
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Old 11-01-10, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
More than anything else road biking will get you in trouble with your hardcore mtb friends. They will make fun of you and call you names.
I will reply with this quote "jump in with both feet and flame whoever called you out. NEVER BACK DOWN!"
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Old 11-01-10, 07:36 PM
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Yes.

Or, rather, it can help some be a better rider. Depends on how you go about things, of course.
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Originally Posted by mtb_man_14
I will reply with this quote "jump in with both feet and flame whoever called you out. NEVER BACK DOWN!"
I have plenty of amo to torch a bunch of posguer wannabe hardcore gnarshedders.... But I really was talking about someone else.
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ok good, because there is a good chance that i will be moving to Chicago in January to go to school, and apparently there is no such thing as MTBing up there. So i plan on keeping my Azonic here in GA and riding a road bike CONSTANTLY to get into really good shape (more then i am ). And when i come home i will hit my favorite trails, just to keep the mountain bike spark inside my heart alive.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
More than anything else road biking will get you in trouble with your hardcore mtb friends. They will make fun of you and call you names.
The hate is what keeps me warm at night.
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I didn't know that Canadians knew the word "hate".
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I think road biking helps the cardio and the legs, but MTBing is a better overall workout. I lost a lot of climbing ability when I dedicated 2 months to road biking to train for a century. But if you are heading to Chicago skinnier tires might make sense. But with the weather, I would look at a LHT or other touring bike that allows you some summer fun.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr
I think road biking helps the cardio and the legs, but MTBing is a better overall workout. I lost a lot of climbing ability when I dedicated 2 months to road biking to train for a century. But if you are heading to Chicago skinnier tires might make sense. But with the weather, I would look at a LHT or other touring bike that allows you some summer fun.
Yeah, in all seriousness. Mountain biking is more of an anaerobic workout but it won't hurt to do road if that's all you have time to do in Chicago.
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You may want to look into snowshoes....
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Yes and no.... it is always good to cross-train a bit, but road biking won't make you a better mountain biker - at least not in the sense of going out and working hard at mountain biking would.
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Thanks everyone for the input, i got one.
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