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Mountain Bike VS. Road Bike

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by alwaysfaded, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Jun 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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    aficianado

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    get a cyclocross bike.

    i love my Surly Crosscheck. the pros are plentiful. a Xcross bike is pretty burly. so hopping off a curb is no problem. tires are typically fatter and more cushiony. you can haul ass almost as fast as you can on a roadie. most cyclocross bikes have tabs that you can attach racks and/or baskets..even fenders. so a rainy commute wont put that racing strip down your back.

    i've done some dirt trails and it doesnt suck. i've since bought gatorskin tires which are not knobbied so i stay on pavement now.

    locking it? if i had to leave it for a long time..i am using my motorcycle cable. bike locks are easy. i lost my key once and broke a u-lock with my OEM chevy jack.
    riding a Mountain bike on the street feels so slow and cumbersome..
     
  2. Jun 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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    ^/thread

    my ss cross bike cruises
     
  3. Jun 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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    what he said X10. In addition, I changed my tires to hybrid type tires as I do about half and half... helps for your road outings.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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    I do both and mountain biking is a hell of a lot more fun and a better workout. But if ts only for commuting get a road bike you'll save time and energy getting to and from work. Just my .02
     
  5. Jun 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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    Agreed. But MTB bike on city streets is not fun. Not for me. I have a four mile city ride to get to my trailhead from my home. It is torture until I hit the dirt and hills.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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    You guys know the op bought a hybrid right? So..../thread.
     
  7. Jun 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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  8. Jun 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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    I love my hybrid bike :D Trek DS 8.4 great on the road, and can do light to moderate trails.
     
  9. Jun 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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    Yea. I was talking to a responder.
     
  10. Jun 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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    You can take a mtb on the road but not vice versa. I commute 12 km er day on my FS mtn bike. Definately not efficient, but i get a better workout. Then on weekends i can hit the trails.
     
  11. Jul 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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    So I have ridden about 300 miles on the bike so far. I like it.. However, I am wanting a full road bike now. I want to go faster! Started off averaging 13 mph, now im up to 19. Feel like the bike is holding me back lol
     
  12. Jul 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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    That's awesome! I've been looking for something like that. I'll sell you a kryptonite lock for your front wheel, brand new :D

    If your wondering...I have two and have used neither...mostly due to not wanting to use my bike as commuter :p
     
  13. Jul 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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    Woah Wong page lol. My post was referring to this :p

    But that's awesome op. I would continue to ride it until October/November then get a full road bike. you will save a ton of money in a year end sale. then you'll have a commuter and a road bike :D
     
  14. Jul 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    cool!!

    still think a great cyclocross bike is the thing for you. they are essentially roadbikes..with some small beefy component changes. i've gone thousands of miles on mine. some of them on fire-roads.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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    if i could figure out how to sell my kidney..i would get this!

    Vanilla Cyclocross bike!!

    if there is a divine being..he rides this!

    vanilla.jpg
     
  16. Jul 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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    A cross bike is definitely my next purchase! Not for a few years though, want to get out of college before I start dropping some more money :p
     
  17. Jul 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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    I have a road and mountain bike and will tell you for commuting the road bike will be better unless you're really pounding on it constantly.

    Due to spine and hand problems and a wrist surgery I unfortunately have had to give up the drop bars. I would recommend a cyclocross to you as well but IF you like the upright riding position better there are hybrid options. I just picked up a Trek 7.5 FX to accomodate my spine/hands and in the first week my top speed has been 26 mph. Not great, but I am more than comfortable for commuting.

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  18. Jul 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    Looks like hybrid tire pattern from the pic? What is the PSI rating on those?


    I hear your pain. I had trouble balancing, keeping up with the kids on trails and keeping speed in the city. My solution... old school solid frame 'Rocky Mountain Fusion' (actually bought it new in 92!?) and two sets of wheels.
    1. Mountain 'nubbs' for trips into the hills
    2. Road slicks (@80/100 PSI) for the pavement
    Kept same rim width so break adjustments are identical... both rear sprockets have been tuned to be interchangeable! Just put in +++km over the Yellowhead Pass with full touring gear on the slicks... got there, swapped rubber and played on the trails.
    Can post a pic if you like?

    Even though we are a truck board... :thumbsup::thumbsup: for riding. Demand your lane and let'em go around! :poking:

    Cheers NorthRoad
     
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  19. Jul 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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    So I didn't know what the PSI on the tires were. I went to my local bike shop and he told me around 60 PSI. He told me if I wanted to go faster, replace the tires with skinny tires, and tubes. Like you said around 100 PSI. I think that would be a good idea.
     
  20. Jul 14, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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    I have found going from 28s to 25 on my hybrid to be the most efficient/still comfortable and definitely picked up a few mph just from that small change.
     
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