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Taking a MTB buddy out for his first road ride... any advice?

Old 03-21-08, 12:45 PM
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Taking a MTB buddy out for his first road ride... any advice?

One of my "MTB buddies" of 5 years has finally agreed to go out for a road ride on Easter Sunday. He's never been on a road bike .. ever!
He is a fairly strong mountain biker so should be able to keep pace. I want him to enjoy the ride because another "Roadie buddy" is welcome.

Here is what I plan thus far;

1. I will set him up on my Allez Pro on my trainer first and bring hex keys so we can make adjustments along the way.
2. I'm planning on a fairly short out & back trip on a road with extra wide shoulders. About 75 km RT.
3. He only wears baggy MTB shorts, jersey & jacket so I will be riding with Fred. However, I will have him take the visor off his helmet so he can see better in the drops.
4. I will bring 2 bottles for him (1 water, 1 diluted Cytomax) so he doesn't have to wear his Camelback.
5. He uses CB Egg Beaters. I have a extra set that I will install on the bike before the ride so he can use his own shoes.

Any other advice?
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Old 03-21-08, 12:48 PM
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Mare sure he stays on the road.
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Advice, just go out and have fun. Don't worry about the visor, it won't bother him that much. He probably won't spend a whole lot of time in the drops anyway. The less you worry about it the more fun he will have.

As for the camelbak, I wouldn't even worry about that. I see plenty of people riding with a camlebak. He may be more comfortable with it since he won't have to fumble around for the water bottle since he isn't used to riding the road bike.
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Let him use his camelback. Nothing wrong with it for riding road. Is 75km short for him? Just because he has the legs for the distance, he may not have the neck/back/shoulder comfort capability for that amount of time. MTB position is very different than road.
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Great suggestions fellas... thanks.

I can't be sure that he will stay in the road. The extra wide shoulders should help.
I will ask him if he wants to use his Camelback. It is easier to take a drink from them instead of a bottle. Cheers!
Visor just pops off of his Bell, we can always remove it during the ride if it bothers him.
The 75km my be a bit long... I will have to re think this. I didn't take into consideration that he may not be comfortable. We could always turn back at anytime. I will "Flip it" the other way for him.
BTW: He sounded a bit nervous when I told him how far we were going to ride. When MTBing in the Rockies, 25km is an epic ride on some trails.

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Old 03-21-08, 01:13 PM
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Teach him a lesson, tear his legs off and leave him puking on the side of the road.
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Old 03-21-08, 01:16 PM
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have patience with the "coasting". I ride road with a mtn bike buddy sometimes, and every time i turn around he is coasting..........it drives me nuts!
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Originally Posted by Sprocket_Jockey View Post
Teach him a lesson, tear his legs off and leave him puking on the side of the road.
I do this to him enough in the mountains. Maybe after a few more road rides.
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Originally Posted by whtmtnpeddla View Post
have patience with the "coasting". I ride road with a mtn bike buddy sometimes, and every time i turn around he is coasting..........it drives me nuts!
What is this "coasting" you speak of?
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Call him a fat poseur, tell him to HTFU, and then yell at him about his fredish technique. Then make him buy the beer.
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Nothing wrong with a camelback. He probably has all of his tools and junk in there anyway. Riding in the drops will probably kill him, especially on a 75km ride. Leave the visor on.
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We're talking about an adult who has ridden a bicycle with clipless pedals before, right?

Just ride man, he's presumably smart enough to figure out the details on his own.
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Originally Posted by RazorWind View Post
We're talking about an adult who has ridden a bicycle with clipless pedals before, right?

Just ride man, he's presumably smart enough to figure out the details on his own.
hehe... reading comprehension?
5. He uses CB Egg Beaters. I have a extra set that I will install on the bike before the ride so he can use his own shoes
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You would think you where taking Forest Gump on a road ride.
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Call him a fat poseur, tell him to HTFU, and then yell at him about his fredish technique. Then make him buy the beer.
I do this to him enough in the mountains.
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Originally Posted by Cdy291 View Post
You would think you where taking Forest Gump on a road ride.
What? You know my friend Rob?

Seriously, he's a good guy. I just want to make sure he enjoy's the ride. It may open up a whole new world to him.
**Then I can sell my Allez to him to fund the Carbon Fiber bike build that I'm planning.

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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe View Post
The 75km my be a bit long... I will have to re think this. I didn't take into consideration that he may not be comfortable. We could always turn back at anytime.
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BTW: He sounded a bit nervous when I told him how far we were going to ride. When MTBing in the Rockies, 25km is an epic ride on some trails.
25 km MTB'ing is worth 1000 km on the road. He'll be fine.
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**Then I can sell my Allez to him to fund the Carbon Fiber bike build that I'm planning.
Ah HA! The truth comes out! haha
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I think it's very cool you're getting your friend on the road. When I raced MTB I did 80% of my training on my roadbike. Hell, I even started road racing with my team (I had been racing track for years) because of all the road riding I was doing. You sound like a good riding partner, so I'm sure he will have a blast. Now if you two could only mix your styles into cyclocross... the universe would be happy.
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Fill his tyres with water and then mock him for his incredible lack of conditioning.
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Ah HA! The truth comes out! haha
Shhhh!
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Fill his tyres with water and then mock him for his incredible lack of conditioning.
This.
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Drop the hammer without telling him, and then come back here and brag about how he totally got dropped. That's pretty much the BF way of doing it.
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe View Post
One of my "MTB buddies" of 5 years has finally agreed to go out for a road ride on Easter Sunday. He's never been on a road bike .. ever!
He is a fairly strong mountain biker so should be able to keep pace. I want him to enjoy the ride because another "Roadie buddy" is welcome.

Here is what I plan thus far;

1. I will set him up on my Allez Pro on my trainer first and bring hex keys so we can make adjustments along the way.
2. I'm planning on a fairly short out & back trip on a road with extra wide shoulders. About 75 km RT.
3. He only wears baggy MTB shorts, jersey & jacket so I will be riding with Fred. However, I will have him take the visor off his helmet so he can see better in the drops.
4. I will bring 2 bottles for him (1 water, 1 diluted Cytomax) so he doesn't have to wear his Camelback.
5. He uses CB Egg Beaters. I have a extra set that I will install on the bike before the ride so he can use his own shoes.

Any other advice?
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I only started on road bikes 20 months ago after 15 years of MTB's. Can assure you that he is going to hurt. Perhaps not legs and lungs- but neck and back are going to cause him a problem. Flipping the stem will help- but not enough. Camelback- If he is used to it- may cause a problem in reaching for a bottle- and its your bike hitting the deck.

Take it steady on him and he may come back for more. Kill him this time and you won't be selling the Allez to him.
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