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Mountain Biker Turned Roadie...

Old 12-11-08, 09:53 AM
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Mountain Biker Turned Roadie...

You guys don't know me from any other low post member on this forum...but I thought I'd take a chance to introduce myself and what I am doing.

For 17 years now...I have been strictly a mountain biker. Riding everything from xc to dirt jumping to downhill/freeride...I have been all over the map in search of that perfect trail. I am an active member on MTBR.com and you can find some of my product reviews in their Pro Review section. I have been told time and time again that road biking would greatly help my mountain biking endurance and spinning technique, so this week...I took the plunge.

I own and operate Mountain Biking by 198, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to capture a mountain biker turned road biker story.

Anyway...here is the ride that is going to carry me through!

BLUE Nx7

Next to my 37 lbs. "cross country" rig...this thing is a rocket!







I am looking forward to getting out on the bike and getting into a new aspect of cycling that...until now...has been completely foreign.

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Old 12-11-08, 09:58 AM
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welcome to the real world

enjoy it
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Old 12-11-08, 10:07 AM
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I've read good things about Blue bikes so I hope it proves to be a great ride for you. Off roading was never really my thing, but I respect those who go do it because there's a lot of skill riding through trails. I liked the awareness aspect of mountain biking since you have to be able to deal with the obstacles as they come up on the trail, but I just became partial to the focus on cadence and speed that road riding offers.
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Very nice build. Your fitness will improve greatly. I am a pretty bad MTB but have been able to do ok in the few MTB races I have raced simply because of higher endurance levels over similarly classed MTB racers.
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Welcome! I just did the reverse and on my fourth time mountain biking face planted my way into 12 stitches on Monday.

Needless to say, there's much less risk of injury in road biking but you may find it boring.
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Mountain biking (especially at speed) requires a lot of technical ability. I ride with a lot of more road specific riders, and the technical rock sections are where they have the most trouble. They are blazing fast on groomed single track, but when it gets choppy...they slow down tremendously.

The two ends of the spectrum really compliment each other in a lot of ways. Hopefully, I'll be able to really increase fitness levels, improve my pedal stroke form and find another avenue of pedal induced propulsion that I can become obsessed with!

The truth is...I enjoy riding anything I have to pedal...and new bikes in the garage are always welcome! Thanks for the responses...this is going to be a fun project.
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Old 12-11-08, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by RSutton1223 View Post
Mountain biking (especially at speed) requires a lot of technical ability. I ride with a lot of more road specific riders, and the technical rock sections are where they have the most trouble. They are blazing fast on groomed single track, but when it gets choppy...they slow down tremendously.
The two ends of the spectrum really compliment each other in a lot of ways. Hopefully, I'll be able to really increase fitness levels, improve my pedal stroke form and find another avenue of pedal induced propulsion that I can become obsessed with!

The truth is...I enjoy riding anything I have to pedal...and new bikes in the garage are always welcome! Thanks for the responses...this is going to be a fun project.
As one of those slow, shaky roadies riding rock gardens, I can attest to this.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:16 AM
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Welcome to the Road forums! I tried mountain biking myself and I just got tired of getting injured out on the trail on a constant basis. I do admire the skills that MTB riders have that can overcome all the rough and technical terrain while blazing at top speeds.

Nice bike by the way!
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Old 12-11-08, 11:17 AM
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37 lbs ? Holy crap! I had no idea MTBs weighed that much (well, not the newer ones anyway). I was looking at a run-out model Rockhopper to enjoy the trails but everytime I go the LBS, I get diverted away to a CX bike, and then back to a roadie. I might still get an MTB though.

Anyway, welcome aboard!
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Old 12-11-08, 11:23 AM
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This is the 37 lbs. "cross country" bike that I ride on a regular basis.

Ventana El Terremoto 6.0 - 160mm front travel and 150mm rear both coil. I am hoping that riding this on all of my epics is going to help speed up the road biking progress.

2.6 front tire and 2.4 rear...

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Old 12-11-08, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by RSutton1223 View Post
This is the 37 lbs. "cross country" bike that I ride on a regular basis.

Ventana El Terremoto 6.0 - 160mm front travel and 150mm rear both coil. I am hoping that riding this on all of my epics is going to help speed up the road biking progress.

2.6 front tire and 2.4 rear...

That thing is a beast! Nice Beast though. I thought my FSR at 28lbs was porky (compared to my now dead XC race rig).

I don't feel road riding and spinning helps my pedaling on a MTB or vice versa. I'm a masher on a MTB and a spinner on a road bike. I do feel doing both does help confidence on either bike.

I was MTB riding with a pure roadie once and he was keeping a crazy high cadence on the MTB. I just looked at him and said, "this is all about torque baby and you are going to kill yourself with that cadence".

Enjoy being on the road. I do. That's a really nice road bike you've got there. Enjoy it! Just remember where you came from and don't start being a snob on a road bike.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:46 AM
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Welcome to the road.

I was all mtb all the time from the mid 80s through the mid 90s.

Then, I got tired of all the crowds of poseurs showing up on my trails along the wissahickon in philly, and started riding my mtb on slicks on the road with my roadie and cross friends until I finally decided to go all road all the time and bought a lemond road bike.

On the road, the workout is definitely not as all-body as technical off-road riding, but the thrill of speeding along, hammering for hours on end, more than makes up for it.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:51 AM
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I see blanket creek hasn't changed much since I've ridden there last. I like that camera mounted on the DT.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Rutnick View Post
I see blanket creek hasn't changed much since I've ridden there last. I like that camera mounted on the DT.
I am going to experiment with mounting it on the road bike too...should be interesting...

When was the last time you were there? There is a new loop.
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Old 12-11-08, 12:13 PM
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There were making the new loop last time I was there.

Just got back from a nice trip a couple of weeks ago. Went to chattanooga and rode Raccoon mountain, Booker T and Sewanne all in the same day. We thought we had vid of the trip but unfortunately....the camera messed up.

We have been doing these trips lately were we do two or three trails all in the same day. Make for some really fun times.
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Old 12-11-08, 12:26 PM
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Seeing this post made me realize I had not visited MTBR Passion for 4 weeks.

My Yeti had a few choice words for me this summer when the Khan was always getting the call

What I like about road is that I can load be gone spin for 2-3 and then re-engage without loading, driving, unloading etc....Closests trail I have is like 5 but the best are 4 hrs away, not inducive to time nor financial managment aka gas

Mountain biking to me will always be a nice walk in the woods or a commune with nature. Personally I am not much into group riding on the mt bike just ripping single track and some beautiful vistas.

Both are a celebration of movement.....enjoy
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I think my mountain bike is prob about 50lbs... they joys of old cheap stuff.

I've always heard the other way round though when it comes to spinning technique - that it's better to use mountain biking to practice, because you generally can't get away with mashing the pedals as much.
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I try and spend as much time in the dirt as possible. When you mix both worlds, your cycling ability matures greatly.

BTW, any roadies looking to make the dirt jump should consider a 29er. The big wheels will make you feel right at home.
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My story is the same as the OP. I rented a road bike out of town... rode 50 miles, and was hooked. I came home and bought a road bike "for occasional century rides." Now I ride my mountain bike once or twice a year, but have to get my 4 rides a week on the road.

You'll see.
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My story is the same as the OP. I rented a road bike out of town... rode 50 miles, and was hooked. I came home and bought a road bike "for occasional century rides." Now I ride my mountain bike once or twice a year, but have to get my 4 rides a week on the road.

You'll see.
bah...I'll do my 4 road rides a week and ride MTB the rest of the time. Then again...I still race MTB some but mostly 12 hour stuff now.
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Hey RSutton1223 all you need now is a cyclocross bike and you will have come full circle This time of year I do more mountain riding then road because it's just too damn cold on the road and it's great training for cyclocross.
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A friend of mine just (re)started cycling this past summer and bought a full suspension MTB (Mongoose Otero Super). He lost 22lbs in 4 months. He also got his brother into riding and rides China Camp State Park about twice a week with him after work.

I finally convinced him to buy a road(ish) bike, a cyclocross bike (Fuji Cross Comp) actually and have been taking him an a road rides at night. The next time he rode with his brother at China Camp on his MTB, his brother commented that he got faster.
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
Welcome! I just did the reverse and on my fourth time mountain biking face planted my way into 12 stitches on Monday.

Needless to say, there's much less risk of injury in road biking but you may find it boring.
Wrong. Cars kill you, trees only scrap you up most of the time.

I like riding my mtn bike, road bike and cx bike. It's all different, yet somehow the same. enjoy your new Blue
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Another MTB(er) gone roadie here.

Welcome to the wonderful world of being a roadie; now shave your legs!
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