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Roadies that ride MTB in winter?

Old 12-05-05, 08:51 AM
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Roadies that ride MTB in winter?

Do you ride a road bike when the road is clear, and then switch to a mtb and ride in the snow and ice?

Why? Why not?

It's a great way to keep in shape for the spring. It helps bike handling skills on slippery surfaces, and builds good leg power.
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used to do this every winter when I lived in West Virginia. In addition to the reasons you state, mentally it's a nice change of pace, and because speeds are lower, 10 degrees feels a lot warmer mountain biking (particularly if you're doing single track) than on the road.
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I switch to a cyclocross bike in the winter unless I'm on an mtb trail. Everyone should get a cyclocross bike. Cyclocross bikes make a good second road bike for those on a budget, and they can handle mild singletrack. Most come with fender brazeons for inclimate weather-riding.

I just wanted to add the cyclocross bike option to the discussion. Enjoy your winter riding everyone!
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Yup, I love studding up the mtb after the road bikes get hung up for the year. Snowy rides are great - every one is different - fresh untracked snow, hard packed sunny roads, iced up frozen trails - it's all good. Riding up the canyon in December and having a quiet lunch by the river - it doesn't get any better.

I'm surprised not to see a lot more bikes out in the snow - it's a lot more fun than sweatin' it out on the trainer in the basement.
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Old 12-05-05, 09:22 AM
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i'm looking into buying a mtn bike right now. problem is that i already have three road bikes, so a new mtn bike will bring me up to 4. in a couple of months i'm moving into my GF's studio apartment (small space) with her. need to consoldate somehow. so, i'm thinking i can do all the things i want with just two bikes: road and a mtn.
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I used to be a MTB'er that got a roadie to keep things new and to try something different. Now, I consider myself a roadie that only takes the MTB out for a few sessions a year.
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Cyclocross is the way to go! I put some bigger tires on the 'cross bike as well as fenders, and it handle almost anything. You can even add a pair of studded tires for the ice and snow. Unless you're riding super-technical very tight singletrack, a 'cross bike will handle it. Although they are hard to find, you can even put a road-bike size suspension fork on a cyclocross fork and you basically have a 29" mountain bike...
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I use a MTB bike in the winter. Last year the buzz from my tires was driving me nuts so I switched to thinner semi-slicks. These can handle slush and a thin covering of snow, but once we have thick snow and ice on the roads I suppose that I will have to resort to my indoor trainer.

I have an old steel bike with cyclocross tires. Maybe that can handle snow & Ice.
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I have an old schwinn paramount mtb single speed that I like to play around with in the winter. It's definitely great for those cold days and a change of scenery.
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35+ I hit the road
20-35 Single track
under 20 or if it's been raining, trainer. The trails are too delicate to risk when they're soaked. Only snows once or twice a year, I'll try mt biking this year in the snow I think.
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As soon as there is salt on the road, I use my MTB. I have slick on it now and I'll put the knobbies back on when there snow to ride on. The reason I don't use my road bike is that component are cheaper for my MTB.
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I'm a mountain biker turned roadie, but in the winter I usually go back to mtb 1 or 2 times a week on singletrack. About once a month I go up to the mountains for a long mtb ride. North Georgia has SO many trails to pick from!

Really helps the handling skills and helps with core/upper body strength.
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Cross bike is the answer...
I just picked one up and its benefits are two-fold. A. it slows me down a bit, but not too much (MTB), to take away some of the chill, B. It mastered handily during this area's first snowfall.
I love it.
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Do you ride a road bike when the road is clear, and then switch to a mtb and ride in the snow and ice?



Of course!
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
used to do this every winter when I lived in West Virginia. In addition to the reasons you state, mentally it's a nice change of pace, and because speeds are lower, 10 degrees feels a lot warmer mountain biking (particularly if you're doing single track) than on the road.
+ 1

Also, if you mtbike in the woods, the trees cut out a lot of wind chill.
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Old 12-05-05, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka
Do you ride a road bike when the road is clear, and then switch to a mtb and ride in the snow and ice?



Of course!

Do you ever use studs for ice? Do you go off road at all?
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Originally Posted by Kingofbeers
Yup, I love studding up the mtb after the road bikes get hung up for the year. Snowy rides are great - every one is different - fresh untracked snow, hard packed sunny roads, iced up frozen trails - it's all good. Riding up the canyon in December and having a quiet lunch by the river - it doesn't get any better.

I'm surprised not to see a lot more bikes out in the snow - it's a lot more fun than sweatin' it out on the trainer in the basement.
Yeah, that reminds me of when I was 18-19 years old I lived in Steamboat CO for a couple of winters. Rode through the winter on a rigid Mountain bike. Studded tyres and snow riding was very fun, powder runs for sure, didn't mind the sqeaky fresh hard packed too.

Where I live now, you need to drive to the start of any mountain bike ride, so the bike has a baby seat and gets used every Tuesday on my day off with the little one. I go for a long slow ride ride with her, like riding 3 bikes at once.

I miss the colder weather and snow conditions sometimes and really miss the fact I need to drive over 45 mins to ride a mountain bike.
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I am a biking guy. road, mountain, cross, beach cruiser.... it is all good by me!
Last weekend I climbed Santiago Peak (14.5 miles of 5-20%) on a MTB just for a change of pace. I use both bikes year round because of that change, and if you want to get better a climbing hills, then jump on a MTB and do some real climbing!
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Winter time means CX season so yes I change bikes when the weather turns crappy but I do ride my road bike when the roads are dry during the winter.
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I use my mountain bike as a short distance commuter to school and keep my roadie for my recreational/training rides.

Although, after being on a road bike for a while, it's so weird being on a mountain bike. I feel like I'm a wind sail as opposed to being an aerodynamic speed machine
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Me, too! I ended up offroading a fair amount of my way home last night. Riding in ditches and on public right-of-ways because the cagers were giving me a lot of hassle. Also because the streets hadn't been scraped, but had a lot of packed down snow on them and were slicker than steer snot.

I really do love my mountain bike, though. I mean, it's loads of fun to ride my road bike and go fast and be able to go a lot further with less exhaustion, but my mountain bike is so hardy. I can ride it darn near anywhere and abuse it like nothing else and it's just fine. My road bike is kind of squirrely on wet pavement and sucks on loose gravel or sand, but I can go granny/granny with the mtb and just deal with whatever surface fate has provided me with.

If I ever had to winnow down to only one bike (unlikely, but let's talk hypothetical here) I'd keep the mtb. The road bike is hella fun, and my vintage Schwinn is ever so pretty and I always feel so amusingly goofy riding it, but for the sheer fact that my mountain bike has never let me down when I needed to go someplace, it would be my choice. Of the three bikes I own, it definitely sees the most mileage.
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