Pacific Northwest Idaho | Oregon | Washington | Alaska

Cycling NorthWest: Roadbike or MTB?

Old 06-14-19, 04:11 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cycling NorthWest: Roadbike or MTB?


coming summer I will be RV-ing around with my family for 6 weeks in this area, and I am planning to take a bike with me on the plane. I cycle a lot and I do like my Colnago racing roadbike pretty much, as well as my Scott MTB.
I do think my racing bike is a cool bike to take with me, but I doubt if that would be the right choice.

We will mainly stay in the National Parks and nature in general.
What would be the best way to make various day trips in these areas, a mountainbike or the roadbike?


Last edited by blurg; 06-14-19 at 03:19 PM. Reason: said the same thing thrice
blurg is offline  
Old 06-14-19, 01:54 PM
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 19,674
Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8921 Post(s)
Liked 623 Times in 381 Posts
Probably the road bike, but that depends carry much where you're going.

To the best of my knowledge, bikes aren't allowed on any trail in any national park in the PNW. Bikes aren't allowed on most trails outside the parks either, at least in my state.

They're are a lot of fantastic scenic roads to ride. A lot of them are paved, many more are gravel. Personally I find a MTB on gravel to be kind of boring.

I live here and have a gravel road bike, no MTB. That would be different if I lived E of the crest.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 06-14-19, 02:05 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 23,566
Mentioned: 176 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9269 Post(s)
Liked 840 Times in 521 Posts
Yeah. National Park trails are off limits to bikes. I am talking "nature trails," not bike specific trails like the paved on in Teton and Glacier.

As noted, the answer depends on where exactly you plan to go. For example, if you spend some time in certain areas of ID there are plenty of MTB opportunities. In fact, ACA has an entire loop route that includes several hot springs in the state.
indyfabz is online now  
Old 06-14-19, 03:25 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Thank you for your answers!

Well, we will be visiting Idaho and Oregon, We will focus on the National parks in these two states, and if we have seen enough, heading on for Washington. But that is not sure, we think we can spent those 6 weeks very well in these parks.

The roadbike I have, is lovely on slick paved roads, even on older asphalt I don't like it that much. It's a road racer, not a gravelbike.
But it's awesome for sight seeing while cycling 100km in 3 hours.

But if I need to cycle mostly on busy car roads, it's no fun for me.

So therefore, I thought, the Scott MTB would be the best option. Okay, parks are off limits for bikes, except when there are trails.

Am I specific enough when I say, the National parks in Idaho / Oregon, or would it be better to name the parks we plan to visit, for a good answer?

blurg is offline  
Old 06-15-19, 06:30 PM
Squeaky Wheel
woodway's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, WA
Posts: 1,541
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Bikes are not allowed on *trails* in National Parks. Except in high traffic areas, bikes are usually allowed on roads.

Central Oregon has plenty of Mountain Biking. Bend, Oakridge and Ashland are places in Oregon where I had a great time riding.

Washington has plenty of trails that are also open to Mountain Bikes. Can't speak for Idaho.

Have a great visit.
woodway is offline  
Old 06-16-19, 12:50 PM
Senior Member
mtnbud's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Salem Oregon
Posts: 636

Bikes: 1994 Specialized Epic 1986 Diamondback Ascent 1996 Klein Pulse Comp, 2006 Specialized Sequoia Elite

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
You should be good either way. If you know which parks you'll be staying at, we could give you recommendations on routes and options.
mtnbud is offline  
Old 07-04-19, 08:24 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can't make the wrong choice. Maybe you can't ride in national parks but there are tons of mountain bike and gravel options and no end of great road bike rides. You will love it
VeloLovePDX is offline  
Old 09-18-19, 12:47 PM
Senior Member
davei1980's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: E Wa
Posts: 766

Bikes: Ridley XBow all-purpose frankenbike

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 298 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 23 Posts
I don' think you can go wrong with a Jones SWB for this area. Once you get past the unorthodox appearance, I think this is the ideal bike for this area and not that $$ compared to other new bikes.

I really want one!
davei1980 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
General Cycling Discussion
03-16-19 02:46 PM
Southern California
10-11-14 02:31 AM
01-30-12 04:46 AM
Mountain - Plains
12-13-09 06:43 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.