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Newbie Mountain Bike for Road Trips and Fitness

Old 07-27-12, 07:09 PM
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Newbie Mountain Bike for Road Trips and Fitness

Hello,

I've been biking for about 10 years before I stop biking 10 years ago. Now I'm 26 and my work is about 28 Km off my home. After a general investigation, I figured out that Road bikes are much more expensive than mountain bikes and my balance is capable of getting a hard-tail mountain bike (about $280 USD).

Medically, I'm suffering from a peripheral neuritis case which affects my activity negatively. Doctors usually advice to eliminate this case, I have to walk for an hour daily and I see that biking would double up the performance of waking due to the exerted power on biking.

Now I'd like to get answers for the following questions:

1- Would the mountain bikes give the same performance for road trips? What are the key advantages and disadvantages of mountain bikes for road trips vs. road bikes?

2- Would you mention what are the differences between these models of Martello Hard-tail mountain bikes and whether any of them would make difference for road trips or not: (Fortune) https://bit.ly/P7CbNE and (Titan) https://bit.ly/SY5yqj

3- Such mountain bikes would increase my fitness and weight loss? I weigh about 200 lbs and I need to lose about 60 lbs for perfect weight.

Thank you and I hope you cover my points to proceed with purchasing the bike ASAP powered by Olympics 2012
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Old 07-28-12, 01:22 AM
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I don't know about those bikes, but - Biking will help fitness and weight loss and a mountain bike would be OK riding 17mi if you put decent road tires on to replace the mountain tires that would probably come with the bike. If you're riding 17mi to work and 17mi back, that might take you a good bit of time each day. Possibly 3hrs+ depending on your physical condition.
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Originally Posted by ahmedm
Hello,

I've been biking for about 10 years before I stop biking 10 years ago. Now I'm 26 and my work is about 28 Km off my home. After a general investigation, I figured out that Road bikes are much more expensive than mountain bikes and my balance is capable of getting a hard-tail mountain bike (about $280 USD).

Medically, I'm suffering from a peripheral neuritis case which affects my activity negatively. Doctors usually advice to eliminate this case, I have to walk for an hour daily and I see that biking would double up the performance of waking due to the exerted power on biking.

Now I'd like to get answers for the following questions:

1- Would the mountain bikes give the same performance for road trips? What are the key advantages and disadvantages of mountain bikes for road trips vs. road bikes?


3- Such mountain bikes would increase my fitness and weight loss? I weigh about 200 lbs and I need to lose about 60 lbs for perfect weight.

Thank you and I hope you cover my points to proceed with purchasing the bike ASAP powered by Olympics 2012
No. You're probably just going to have to do some research to really understand the differences, along with actual experience with both. The circumference of the tire (larger = farther per rotation), the weight, aerodynamics, comfort (frame build), and tires all factor in, just to suggest a few things.

If you can, just try and find a friend with a bike and ride it around to see; 300 can get you a great used road bike off of craigslist, if you search around enough. If there are hills, I would look at bikes with drop grips (road bikes) or look at purchasing a set of drop bar ends.

3: Would depend on how you ride it; if you just do normal, casual riding daily, you'll see improvement and a loss in weight, but it can also be used for extreme exercise. Nothing is stopping you from biking to work and getting some real, strenuous riding in over the weekends/after work.
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I was in a similar situation @5 years ago and started riding my old Norco HT. I was able to get in pretty good shape with it. I rode it up and down hills, roads besides freeways and double and single track trails. I like a Mountain bike because the diversity of uses is huge.

I liked having bar ends for the variety of riding positions and to keep my hands from going numb. I now have a road bike and a F/S bike. The work to climb hills is not that much different between any of the bikes. Getting your carcass uphill is always work.

Don't get discouraged with hills or the wind or rain or others riding fast. They once were where you are now. Your physical health is hugely important. Get moving, you have a ton of living to do. You really will enjoy biking once you get a few miles behind you.
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For 2X28km daily ride on the road, a road bike makes good sense.
Pros:
- Drop bars let you get more aerodynamic when facing a headwind (big difference!)
- Drop bars give many hand positions to help avoid soreness and numbness
- Usually lighter, with narrower tires
Cons
- Can be less comfortable
- Not as easy to find a great deal on a good used one
- Narrower tires need closer attention to air pressure
- Some don't have low enough gears for steep hills
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