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Moving from a MTB to a Road Bike

Old 12-31-12, 12:57 PM
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Moving from a MTB to a Road Bike

Got my CAAD10 the day before we dropped down into the teens then single digits, then 11 inches of snow--which was about 20 days ago and, of course we are still very cold with the third snowfall predicted as I write----been riding on a trainer and had previously reached out for dvd/training suggestions--of which I received many--THANK'S again to all---

I am not a cold weather rider---I just run instead---but i have to say transitioning to a road bike from a MTB, to clipless pedals and having to do it on a trainer is---well lets say---its been interesting----

It has given me the benefit of secure (read not falling over) time to practice cleat insertion and extraction----but otherwise its not fun--for sure

So looking forward to getting on the road and putting distance in--around here--about 2 or 3 months---

Or mayber I should put the knobbies back on my Hard Rock and try to keep my hands and feet form turning into painful blocks of ice

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Old 12-31-12, 01:10 PM
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I was out today on the MTB - way more fun and scenic than being on a trainer. I just put on the fenders and go for it. When the road is free of ice and melted snow I'll be out on the road bike. I wear extra thick fleece gloves when I am on the bike and it is about 30F.
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Don't you have MTB-specific trails around? I ride my local ones through all weather (though it hasn't snowed here this year). If not, throw two pairs or gloves/socks on and go ride trails/road on your MTB? I train on rollers, and that gets boring after a few sessions of the conditions being enough for me to favor indoors.
My local sports store (awful cycling section) was selling gloves/socks cheap. I picked some up for £1 and my hands thanked me the next ride! Layer up and ride
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There are a couple of short trails here--maybe 2 miles in length max--central nebraska is FLAT!!!!---plus the trails are bike tire flat treacherous due to goathead thorns covering the trails like woodchips....its 6 degrees F here right now with 14mph wind and snowing---I am simply not man enough for these temps on a bike---regardless of what I wear my fingertips and toes get frozen and even a skull cap doesn't prevent brain freeze--doesn't help that I am shaved head bald----wimp I am LOL
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