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Mountain Bike to Road bike

Old 09-07-04, 11:00 PM
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Hey guys first time poster! For the past couple of years I've been using a Mongoose DX 5.3 mountain bike to do road biking. Its got Indy Rock Shox and has Panaracer tires, both of which I know suck up a lot of my power. The gears slip going uphill, and the rims are slightly bent . That being said, I average about 12mph on it riding around in the mountainy catskills (probably average 20mph on flat), and do 30 miles on an average ride. I really want a road bike, as I believe that will help me out immensly. My question is, how much of an improvement in my range and speed will there be when I start riding with one? I expect that the improvement will be significant, but how much of one is reasonable to expect? Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-07-04, 11:05 PM
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I dont think that they would double, but would you pick up ALOT! prolly 18-20 mph but yes your mileage could easily double. I do both, and its like I have a parachute on my back on the road with the MTB. Get a road bike, you wont regret it.

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Old 09-07-04, 11:08 PM
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i mtn biked for 6-7 years before starting road biking recently (month and a half ago). the difference is night and day. like C heath said, it's like a parachute on your back with an MTB. you're upright, have knobby tires, and on a heavier bike..which all adds up.

double in range wouldn't be surprising. you just want to keep hammering the miles out on a road bike something that's a little hard to do with a mtb depending on what you ride (the trails i do usually dead end somewhere and i need to return back).

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I'd agree that doubling (at least for speed) would be unrealistic. That'd mean you'd average 40 on flat land! With that said, I was in a similar situation to yours. I'd normally cruise in the 15 to 18 mph range on my old, heavy MTB. When I switched to a road bike, that quickly jumped up to 18 to 22 mph cruising.

My range has definately increased as well, but i find myself usually limited by free time that i can spend riding rather than physical endurance. With my MTB I was pretty well spent after a 30 mile ride, but after a week with my road bike i rode my first century (in retrospect it probably wasn't a wise idea, but it was a beautiful day and i was 50 miles away from my apartment before it really hit me).

I recently went back on a route that was the last ride i'd taken on my MTB before i bought the road bike. The last mile of the ride was a climb that i thought would never end, but on the road bike i found myself at the top wondering where the hill had gone.

Getting a road bike was the best cycling decision i've ever made. Just my $.02 ...
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Woo!!!!! Anyone got a bike they want to sell me for, lets say, two bucks?
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Okay, so my gains will be pretty good in the catskills, but what about on flat land? I'm going to college down in New Paltz right now, and compared to the catskills (with the exception of the gunks in the distance) its pretty flat here.

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Old 09-08-04, 06:48 AM
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Oh boy, I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait....


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I just completed my first ride with my new felt and I'm still a little shocked. I would guess I improved my average speed by 2-4 mph but I more than doubled my mileage compared to my previous rides on my mtn bike. You won't exhaust yourself near as quickly. I have never been as happy with any big purchase in my life.
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