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Should I get a road bike?

Old 07-30-11, 09:11 PM
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Should I get a road bike?

I have a Trek 7.3 and do a number of events in the 30-60 mile range. Most of the other riders have road bikes. While I love my 7.3, what advantage would there be to me getting a road bike? Thanks.
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Old 07-30-11, 09:28 PM
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I think you will be happier with the gearing and the riding position. We have a rider in our group that rides a hybird and the rest of us ride roadies.
The hybird gets left behind a few times in the ride.

I guess the answer I would give is this:
If you are riding in a group, go with a road bike. If you are riding by yourself on the bike trails a hybrid would be ok.
IMO, after having a road bike, I would have nothing else.
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Originally Posted by Timmerica View Post
I have a Trek 7.3 and do a number of events in the 30-60 mile range. Most of the other riders have road bikes. While I love my 7.3, what advantage would there be to me getting a road bike? Thanks.
How much are you riding on a weekly basis? Are you getting dropped by friends on these events or are you just noticing what others are riding?
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Originally Posted by Timmerica View Post
I have a Trek 7.3 and do a number of events in the 30-60 mile range. Most of the other riders have road bikes. While I love my 7.3, what advantage would there be to me getting a road bike? Thanks.
Try renting one for yourself during an event and find out for yourself. First hand experience is best. We can all write about our experiences at how much better road bikes are over hybrids, but if you don't try it for yourself, you really won't know.
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Old 07-30-11, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Try renting one for yourself during an event and find out for yourself. First hand experience is best. We can all write about our experiences at how much better road bikes are over hybrids, but if you don't try it for yourself, you really won't know.
+1 I use to mountain bike, and as much as I liked it, my real passion was for road cycling. "Don't knock it till you try it."
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Old 08-01-11, 10:06 AM
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Do it! It's a different feel, try it out and if you like it pick one up you can call your very own.
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Old 08-01-11, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Timmerica View Post
I have a Trek 7.3 and do a number of events in the 30-60 mile range. Most of the other riders have road bikes. While I love my 7.3, what advantage would there be to me getting a road bike? Thanks.
I am going through the same process. Started with a Specialized Sirrus and now shopping around for a road bike.

The primary advantage is being able to get out of the wind a little better. A road bike feels almost effortless on the flats by comparison. I did not see any advantage when climbing. Descents are faster. Some say having more hand positions is a plus.

The primary disadvantage is a loss of some comfort while your body adjusts to the new position, but I expect that to be temporary.
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OP, what sort of speed do these "events" usually go at?
Are there a lot of hills?
If the speed is below 20mph and there are little to no hills, there is going to be very little to no benefit from riding a roadracebike.
You'll probably be far better of with a touring bike or sporty hybrid ... possibly with taped trekking or aero bars.
The comfort can be greater and it can be tailored to your specific wants or needs.
Ask yourself this question: Will I use the drops during riding? If not ... why have them?
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Old 08-01-11, 11:20 AM
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If you want to do those 30-60 miles more quickly and in more comfort, do it.

While everything has a cost, road bikes are just a more efficient machine for riding.
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Old 08-02-11, 09:31 AM
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I was on the fence months ago about wanting to get a road bike as I just was not getting enough of a workout on my MTB, I actually frowned on roadies for the last 18 + years. Now that I broke down and picked up my Trek 2.1 I have not looked back! Way faster on my road bike a bit more aero, compact gearing works great for me my newer Trek MTB is now collecting so much dust! Take the plunge and you won't regret it!
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Originally Posted by ddimick View Post
A road bike feels almost effortless on the flats by comparison.
Until you realize how quick you are, and push yourself hard on the flats.
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Originally Posted by tenglish3 View Post
after having a road bike, I would have nothing else.
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