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Why Do Some Roadies Not Do Mt Biking

Old 07-14-13, 04:16 AM
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Why Do Some Roadies Not Do Mt Biking

This could be an interesting thread.
I am a cyclist that does both types of cycling . Road and Mt Biking. I ride more on the road though.

I like ask and get a poll going. wHy do some roadies, not ride Mt bikes or do mt biking at all. Many avoid it . or some do

We ask. We as a roadie do you not want to do mt biking?

This could be good forum
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Old 07-14-13, 04:19 AM
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Same reason many prefer sports cars to big trucks with mud tires. Speed versus the challenge of riding over obstacles. It really is a mentality thing. I prefer speed for example and always have including skiing...prefer giant slalom to bump skiing and am better at the former. There is definite attraction for both. I own a 29er and do single track a bit but I stay off the gnarly technical stuff now that I am older. A lot of younger guys dig rough and tumble and the challenge of it. For the right guy, bump skiing is awesome as well. I prefer the buzz of speed.
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Frankly, road biking can be boring. I do it more than any other type of cycling because I can start at my doorstep, which makes its cheap and easy. Mtbing is fun, but lately have been doing more bmx racing/dirt jumping. Being one dimensional sucks. Focus on onetype of cycling and your skill development stagnates. I like to mess around with all types of cycling. I dont understand campag's explanation about speed thrills. I find more speed thrills in other forms of cycling.

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As mentioned - it's often easier. Especially if you live in an urban area. Those cyclists with the advantage of both road and trails would probably do both?

I think if you set up a poll factors that needs to be addressed would be whether the cyclist is primarily urban, rural or has the advantage of mixed terrain.
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
This could be an interesting thread.
I am a cyclist that does both types of cycling . Road and Mt Biking. I ride more on the road though.

I like ask and get a poll going. wHy do some roadies, not ride Mt bikes or do mt biking at all. Many avoid it . or some do

We ask. We as a roadie do you not want to do mt biking?

This could be good forum

Where in Canada are you from?

(Just curious ... I'm Canadian too)
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Old 07-14-13, 05:24 AM
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I don't really like the mud and dirt. I hate cleaning the bike. I hate bugs and bug bites. I hate getting my arms and legs scratched up by branches. I hate messing with shocks and squeaky brakes. I hate driving for an hour just to get to a place where I can ride. I hate stinky camelbaks. I hate falling into trees and rocks 2 times per ride. I hate that my garmin doesn't work well under the trees.

I hate cars that try to kill/maim me. I hate massive sunburns like I got yesterday.

That's why shorter list. I MTn bike, but much less.
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Old 07-14-13, 05:27 AM
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I ride both but my wife will no longer mountain bike becuase the fear of falling and getting hurt. Using cross bikes on double track is fine but no more technical single track for her.
I have to agree with her about the injuries. Everyone I know who mountain bikes seriously has broken some bones.
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Old 07-14-13, 05:29 AM
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I ride all sorts of bicycles ... road, touring, mountain, tandem, recumbent, and recumbent trike ...


We're hoping to get folding bikes soon, and Rowan has just converted an old touring bicycle into a singlespeed for me. If the opportunity presented itself, I'd ride an ordinary, and I might even try a unicycle.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Frankly, road biking can be boring. I do it more than any other type of cycling because I can start at my doorstep, which makes its cheap and easy. Mtbing is fun, but lately have been doing more bmx racing/dirt jumping. Being one dimensional sucks. Focus on onetype of cycling and your skill development stagnates. I like to mess around with all types of cycling. I dont understand campag's explanation about speed thrills. I find more speed thrills in other forms of cycling.
Do you like motorcycling as well? You would likely be a Harley rider...lol.
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I know nothing about motorcycles. No desire to ride one either.
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Old 07-14-13, 06:15 AM
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I don't currently own a mountain bike, that's my reason. Another one is that I can road ride straight from the house, within a mile I am in some of the best country roads around. If I was to mountain bike I would have to drive at least a half hour to get to a place to do it.
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The MTB makes a nice change of pace from the roadie, and takes you places the roadie can't
I put 28c on my defy and did some singletrack once. Try it, you might like it.
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I don't like that I have to drive to trails for MTB'ing. I much prefer to ride from my front door. Also, I have a large number of old injuries that make MTB'ing very difficult and painful. That said, I still do it occasionally.
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mihlbach said it. You can start from your door step. I don't know too many people lucky enough to step our the door, hop on a mountain bike and be on some trails within minutes. If I want some good single track, I'm driving almost an hour. There are a few local trails but they cross in and out of private land and I don't feel comfortable with that as I don't know the owners. I built up a Surly Karate Monkey 1x9 full rigid 29er and have only had it out once, other than rails to trails with my wife. The road bike gets most of my attention until fall when the mountain bike gets to stretch its legs a bit.
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I've done plenty of both and love both.

I now only road bike, but it doesn't mean I don't love mtn biking.

Amongst the very common/valid reasons I have for only road biking:
- I primarily race triathlon and TTs now so makes sense I should focus on the road, not the trails
- Insufficient space in my house to keep road + mtn bikes and all the necessary accessories for each
- Expense required to do both at the level I'd like. Ok, I could def afford it, but I'd feed guilty about dropping that much cash on an activity I wouldn't be doing as much since I'd be splitting time mtn/road
- Mud and grime. I'll admit it - it's so nice to finish a road bike and just do a quick wipedown, whereas I hate spending 15-20 minutes washing down the mtn bike and relubing after a messier outdoor ride
- Group rides. Even though I primarily train solo, I def do group rides at least once every 2 weeks, and they're a lot easier to find and do on road than mtn

I could, however, come up with a similar number of equally valid points about why I favored my mtn bike over road when I was doing that years ago. One isn't better than the other, and there's a huge overlap between the two - depends on your circumstances as well as preferenes on which you prefer, honestly.
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I did it in the past and found it harder on my knees than road biking.
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I do enjoy mountain biking, but I enjoy road biking a lot more...also, I dont own a mountain bike.
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I am a dedicated roadie. Last summer I sold my hardtail MTB because I just didnt ride it. I love the woods, hunt the acreage out back...but just cant stand riding a heavy bike. In the woods I want something with a sparkplug.
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Why do some scuba divers not do hang gliding?
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mihlbach said it. You can start from your door step. I don't know too many people lucky enough to step our the door, hop on a mountain bike and be on some trails within minutes.
We could ... well, the local rail trail, which is about 2.5 km away, is gravel and although we've ridden parts of it with road bicycles it really needs cyclocross-style or mtn bike.

There are also lots of gravel roads around here, and I've heard there are other mtn bike trails around, not too far away.


One thing I really enjoyed when I lived in Winnipeg was snowbiking. About 10 km from where I lived there was a cross-country skiing/snowbiking track. In the middle of winter, I'd cycle out there and then tackle the snow-covered trails.
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Mt biking seems to involve jumps and I am old guy looking to keep my body in good shape (not broken).

I do have a hybrid bike that I ride tails with but I don't think that is truly mountain biking.
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Both, and my time is spent evenly between all three bikes (road/track/MTB). Though my favourite would be the track bike, easily.
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Why do some scuba divers not do hang gliding?
Hang gliders are launched by a short run off the top of a hill.
Wearing flippers makes that really hard.
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