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Old 04-29-05, 09:49 AM
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Touring/charity rides on a Mt. bike?

Back to biking after raising daughters and LOVE it! I have committed to some charity rides of 50miles each and would like to use my Hardrock mt. bike. I like the stability, upright view, and ability to go off the road when needed. I also have a Europe bike trip (guided with sag wagon) planned for 7 days in June. My teammates for these 50milers are saying I need a road bike as I will not be able to keep up. I added road/slick tires to my bike and it moves pretty good. I ride it 5 days week about 5-10 miles each. I am 54, 6-2, 215, good condition. BTW, I test road a friends road bike (trek) and it felt fragile, definitely not as stable, got a sore neck from being bent over so long, but....light and quick. Am I trying to do too much with one bike? If so, what about these flat bar road bikes with adjustable stems?
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How fast do you ride on the road? How fast do your friends ride? Do you care if you are not able to maintain their pace? Will you feel like you are slowing them down?

The fragile feeling will go away....if the bike is a proper fit. I now feel like my MTB is a TANK!

That being said, I see many people on charity rides on MTBs. Would I ant to do it...absolutely not!
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You are riding a $500 MTB. If you spend $500 on a road bike, you wont get an ultra-light but something very low-end.
See how you manage with your hardrock on a 50mile ride. I have been on plenty of tours where slick-shod MTB riders had no problem cruising along with road bike users. A tour is not a race and isn't done at racing pace.
You can get good aerodynamics on an MTB by fitting clip-on aerobars. Many people fit bar-ends which are more useful off-road but not as efficient or comfortable.
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Thanks guys. Your right, the charity rides are not about speed, and if someone in our group want to move ahead, have at it. My cruising speed on the road is steady, usually in the second to or highest gear. Guess my fear of a road bike is remembering a few nasty falls on gravel and hitting a pot hole hard. Maybe a road bike takes getting used to. My plan is to do the charity rides, see how I keep pace and not getting too worn out, then decide if I need a road bike for my Euro trip.
BTW, my Hardrock is entry level at $335., but still a bike I like with no problems.
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Comfort and fitness are the most important to me. There are people with knobby mtn bike tires who can pass me on a road bike and vice versa. If you wanted to spend $, you could upgrade parts on your hardrock and make it lighter, and thus faster. This would still be less expensive than buying a whole new bike.
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These types of rides tend to have 3 groups of riders. Those that stop to smell the roses, those that say, "Oh look at those pretty roses." And those that say, "WHAT ROSES!?!?" It is a bit more about atitude than speed. Sounds like you'll do just fine, enjoy your ride!
Being around other riders & thier rides may pique your interest in a road bike, and what better place to learn than by riding with them!
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Hi I ride both mnt and road on the road. I find that I'm faster on a road(3-5MPH faster) but feel a little more comfortable on the mnt. Try some aerobars on the mnt. These will allow more hand positions and stretching out comfort.
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Thanks everyone. I finished a charity ride today, 25 miles. My mt. bike did great and I was pleased with feel and fit without any numbness. Thought I would be the rare rider on a mtb, but there were quite a few...even managed to keep up with the go fast team rider guys/gals..for a while. Yup, as someone mentioned above, I could have used another gear. But, now I am totally rethinking my decision about needing a road bike. Maybe a different story when riding a 50-100 miler. I could do 50, but 100...I'll get back to you on that one..lol. We had about 1/2 mile of temp. pavement and glad I was on a mtb, passed many road bks as they were very cautious. All in all, a GREAT day on a bike!
Thanks again posters.
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