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MTB'r Just Got Bit By The Road Biking Bug, Suggestions?

Old 09-04-06, 04:34 PM
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MTB'r Just Got Bit By The Road Biking Bug, Suggestions?

It happened...I got the road biking bug! I am new to biking and just bought a Trek 4300 MTB but after riding quite a bit, I find that I like riding more pavement/bike trails then I do off road. I love riding and building up miles on each ride, it's tons of fun. What I don't like is riding near traffic in car or bike lanes...it's just too dangerous, but I love riding on sidewalks, non busy streets, and of course bike paths and trails, especially paved.

Based on all of this info, do I really need a road bike or can I ride my Trek successfully like I would a road bike? If so, what changes (if any) do I need to make to my Trek 4300?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-04-06, 06:59 PM
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Old 09-04-06, 07:08 PM
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Cheaper to sell the mountain bike and buy a road bike. Better results, too.
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Old 09-04-06, 07:10 PM
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Old 09-04-06, 07:41 PM
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5425

Ritchey Tom Slicks are great for MTB if you're gonna ride mostly on the road.

Rolling resistance from knobbies suck ass.

Road bikes are great because...

1) They're lighter due to the fact that they are not designed for off-road use like a MTB. You're really carrying a lot of uneccessary weight when you ride a bike designed for off road on pavement... the frame doesn't need to be that hefty, the front suspension is complete overkill, and the wheels and tires are designed for bashing against rocks, drops, and roots.
2) Road bike gearing is better suited for higher top speeds.
3) Drop bars will give you a significant advantage when you ride into headwinds whereas a MTB posture spreads your upper body out like a parachute.

You may not get a whole lot of money back on your 4300. You can try selling it to a friend or aquaintance for about 70% of what you bought it for if it's in near new condition. Buyers looking for an entry level MTB in that price point might rather pay the extra $100 bucks or so for a brand new one or a used but slightly higher model.

Start with the tires and tubes and see how you like it. If your still not fully satisfied, go test ride a STEEL-framed road bike (they're not as harsh as aluminum race bikes). You will like it.
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Old 09-04-06, 09:44 PM
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i don't know where you're from, but around here, sidewalks are more dangerous than streets if you're biking faster than 5 mph
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