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Is road cycling right for me? Should I sell my road bike?

Old 06-25-10, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Pockymonster
You guys don't have to take it so personally. I was merely asking if I should keep at it and maybe I get used to it and might like it more. Maybe there are a few people who used to ride mtbs and have similar experience.

The tires are inflated properly to the right PSI. I'm aware of the different hand positions but I can't say I am used to riding on the hoods yet.
50K? 30 miles? That's like one short ride!

I'd suggest sticking with it.

You are still riding it like the MTB and the techniques are different.

Much of what you think is a big effort now won't be with more miles.

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Give it more time. Try riding with an experienced road cyclist. He/she could take a look at your riding position and make some improvements. Or maybe your bike is the wrong size.
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
50K? 30 miles? That's like one short ride!

I'd suggest sticking with it.

You are still riding it like the MTB and the techniques are different.

Much of what you think is a big effort now won't be with more miles.
This^

I've found that MTB'ers have erratic pedaling, and tend to mash a lot. This might be contributing to some of your discomfort.
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Give it some more time.
Variety is a good thing. I know mountain bikers who road bike for recovery and vice versa. Me...I am a klutz and live far from any trails. My mountian bike is used for hauling my kid around town.
I would love to try trail running though.
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I rode an Iron Horse MTB and I barely did 10 miles a day, until I found out a few classmates were riding up the mountain behind our school.

I started to love Road Cycling and I started to love hills too. Dodging potholes is like my second sport.

Now most places a road bike can go a Mountain Bike can go, unfortuneately it's not a vice versa thing. The main differences I find while riding a Road bike is the rolling resistance, the weight, the cornering, and the legitimate feeling of being a "cyclist"

In other words, I feel more like a cyclist riding a road bike on the road as well as the bike lane, compared to riding a MTB on the road which includes but isn't limited to, making hand signals, switching lanes, and trackstanding. When I'm riding MTB on the road and doing all the stuff I mentioned, I feel like a street kid riding their BMX bike in the middle of the road.

Besides, Mountain Bikes are a bit sluggish for me.
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Originally Posted by Blackdays
This^

I've found that MTB'ers have erratic pedaling, and tend to mash a lot. This might be contributing to some of your discomfort.
Just to be fair, some MTB techniques/experiences help with road biking!
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Originally Posted by Pockymonster
I have a 23mm in the front and the pot hole was shaped like a snake and I didn't see it in the shade and it was just the right size for the tire to go into. I run them at 120PSI because I weight 180LB's.

I find have to ride more carefully. Will looking for road hazards just be second nature? I find I'm concentrating a lot on looking for hazards rather than riding. On my MTB i didn't pay much attention because I'd just plow through it.

If I ride more will I get used to looking for hazards and be able to have more fun riding?
Yes, road hazards will become second nature. It's just like picking a line on a MTB, you just don't recognize the 'good lines' yet. It won't take long.

It's a fun contrast to MTB for me because you go so much faster from the same effort, it almost feels like cheating.

Also, the maneuverability. Instead of 'plowing through', you 'deftly avoid' or 'swiftly maneuver around'. Pretend you're in an acrobatic airplane or dogfighter, rather than a truck.
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I often use my mountain bike for shorter rides (up to 40 miles or so), especially in the city or on bad roads. With all the stop lights and traffic, the speed difference is probably not significant and the more upright riding position give me better visibility and control in traffic.

For longer rides on open roads, especially with lots of climbing, the road bike is faster and more comfortable.
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30 miles. Hardley a test. Ride a 1000 miles and check back with me in four weeks. At that time I will let you know. No more of that km crap either.
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Don't ride a road bike the way you ride your mtb, its not the same and its not the same type of riding. If you are running the same speed as your mtb, you are doing it wrong.
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+1 On riding it more.
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Alright I'll ride it a bit more first. I was riding it on a MUP that I usually ride my MTB on because I was still getting used to the handling. Didn't want to spill infront of a car just yet. I did do a bit of road riding I found it easier than riding on a MUP because you can see a lot more when it's an open road. I'll give it another shot.
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MUPs are one of my least favorite places to ride. Some paved RTTs out in the boonies ain't bad, though.
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Originally Posted by cshell
sell it. Stop whining. STFU
I take the contrarian view. I urge you to amp up your whining, which may not be possible.

But try.
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Stay with kilometers simply for the fact that it irritates some of the riders in this forum.
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and it'll be easier cuz once you go euro pro you won't have to do conversions in your head all the time.
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Originally Posted by Pockymonster
I spent the last few years riding a hard tail MTB and I was really happy with it but it was a bit slow on pavement. I thought maybe I would enjoy a road bike so I picked up a 2007 Fuji Roubaix (Tiagra/105) used for a pretty good price. I only put about 50KM on it so far but I'm not sure it's right for me.

I don't really like the riding position on road bikes. I mean it doesn't cause pain or discomfort but an MTB just feels better. Also I spend most of my rides looking for small potholes, sand, etc.. and it just isn't all that fun. I don't really like how the brakes don't have that much stopping power either. I've already had a pinch flat and also slipped on wet pavement and fell already.

I like that it's lighter and it's faster than my mtb but maybe i'd be happier with a mid range mtb with light parts rather than a road bike. What do you guys think? Should I keep at it or just sell it?
50K is a single ride... or less than. That's the kind of ride I would do after work before daylight runs out.

A good weekend ride would be double or triple that.

Go forth explore the country side, find a group, etc.
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OK. Don't get all wee wee'd up. Grab a paper bag, breathe into it a few times, then listen.

1. You go faster on the road than on the trails, and you catch more breeze, so road cycling is better on really hot days. As long as you take lots of water.
2. Get on the open road. If you have a local bike club, get on their web site and see if they list favorite rides. Or check out MapMyRide or the Garmin place. Find a cool route. Screw the MUP.
3. MTBers pride themselves on cheating death. Are you going to let a few pick-up trucks intimidate you? I didn't think so.
4. Go on a group or club ride. Tell them, with pride, you're a n00b. If they're not total roadie buttholes (and there are a few of them out there), they may take you under their wing.
5. If nothing else, consider it cross-training for MTBing. Did you know that Ned Overend spends most of his time on a road bike (it might be true, but I just made that up).
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Ned Overend? There's a blast from the past. The mustachioed master!
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you don't need to baby your road bike. it's okay to chase it down dirt, gravel and chipseal roads.
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