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what do you think is a better workout? mountain or road biking?

Discussion in 'Health' started by aficianado, May 16, 2012.

  1. aficianado

    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    what do you all think?
     
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    Better workout for what? Building muscle? Burning calories?
     
  3. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    If biking the same distance, mountain biking hands down. Much more rolling resistance and lower gearing. If you want the same workout from a road bike, you gotta go further.
     
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    what if the road is up hill!:goingcrazy:
     
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    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i kinda feel the same way as PUGGA. i ride everyday after work. i used to road ride with a cyclocross bike. rolling hills that ends in a grind of a climb. i dusted off a mountain bike and i ride offroad. my heart sometimes feels like it is coming out of my chest. i ride every inch, but i admit..i sometimes have to stop, or slow way down.

    here is the rub..i only have about 2 hours max to ride. darkness, dinner and sleep (i get up fucking early) limits my time.

    thanks. sadly, i dont think offroading is making me a better hill climber on the road. not last week at least.
     
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    Agreed, it also depends on the terrain...

    When I was training full time almost we would do both for different kinds of muscle and workouts. I used to ride my hardtail mountain bike with the roadbikes. Best thing I could have done for a workout on the street (although my rear deep lugged tire didn't like it...) when I switched to my cheapo road bike I could beat them easily.


    But as for a generic answer I am going to say mountain biking is a harder workout. Simply because you can't coast as far on a mountain bike as a road bike.

    The most important thing for me now (no longer training all the time)

    is Which is more fun?

    Definitely mountain biking...
    Last night I went for a 90 minute ride
    1. Rode on asphalt for 45 minutes on a bike path
    2. Gravel for 10 minutes
    3. Snow for 10 minutes
    4. Dirt for 20 minutes (Iditarod Trail :D)
    5. Snow for 5 minutes


    And meanwhile hitting all the jumps I could see...

    On a road bike, its really boring for me if I know the road/trail as you can't go off trail or go off a curb or anything really without risking breaking the bike. My mom just fell over on hers causing $450 of damage! :eek:
     
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