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has road biking spoiled me for mountain biking?(9 posts)

has road biking spoiled me for mountain biking?Becky
Apr 24, 2001 2:26 PM
So, after 2 months of road biking, I returned to what were once beloved trails...only to find that I am quite frightened of mountain biking. Not that exciting fear that gets the adreneline flowing, but the kind that has you crawling home with your tail between your legs. For those of you who prefer both flavors of riding, have you ever experienced this? Is there hope for me and my mountain bike in spite of my growing love for road biking?
re: has road biking spoiled me for mountain biking?MrCelloBoy
Apr 24, 2001 2:35 PM
Dear Becky,
I do both on an ongoing basis. I actually began mountain biking because I got dropped too often, on club road rides, and i'm notall that slow. I found mountain biking much less "competitive".
If you're scared, ride with a buddy!
ahh young grasshoppaconfusion
Apr 24, 2001 7:50 PM
old proverb say:
a mind that seeks the wrong path will steer the body to fall
a mind that seeks only a clean line will steer the body clear
use your mind and not your body to steer
a clear mind leads to a clear line
Bass Ackwards 4 Megrz mnky
Apr 24, 2001 2:35 PM
I find mostly the opposite. A good crash on the road bike and I have the hebbie-gebbies for quite a while. A spectacular crash on the MTB and I just get up dust myself off or wait to get the stitches out then get right back on the MTB w/out any problems. Most MTB crashes you can get back on the bike, but not so on a road bike. Pavement is so unforgiving - what a drag.

I find that switching back and forth frequently is a very good thing - since there are transferable skills for both. I dare say that 2 mos. off the MTB is a long time - no matter how much road biking you do - some of the skills are unique to each discipline. It's nice getting back on the MTB and going up stuff in the middle ring that you used to use your granny on. By the same token I find that the MTB helps me push the cornering on the road bike, plus you have more explosive power.
I get the traffic sweats every once in awhile...Cory
Apr 24, 2001 2:51 PM
I started riding a mountain bike in the early '80s after a 10-year cycling layoff after college. That led to road biking, and I do both about equally now. Occasionally on the road, though, I start thinking about all the cars blasting up behind me, and the amount of dumbass behavior you see (shaving, eating, cell phones, hunting for CDs...). I can almost feel those Expeditions slamming into me. I keep riding and eventually it goes away...but I NEVER have a similar feeling mountain biking. If you're worried, get off and walk the technical parts. You'll get 'em next week.
grz is rightnuke
Apr 24, 2001 2:55 PM
I do both road and mountain biking pretty equally. But yes, I've seen that if I don't do any mtbiking for a while...and then hit a really technical trail, it makes me stop to think. So yeah, I think you'll just have to do like Nike says..."just do it"...just like you did when you learned to get over your fears the first time. It'll come back to ya.

And grz monkey is right...crashing on a mtb bike is FAR easier than on a road bike. I don't know how many times I've endoed on a mtb bike and worst case I bled a little here and there (surface abrasions). Road bike crash: 28 mph ended up in rotator cuff surgery as well as a nice road rash scar, which after 3 years is still visible, but lightening.

In fact, I find it almost fun to crash on a mountain bike...I've done it on purpose before showing some kids that were learning just so they can get over their fear. Just like in many high speed sports that require some nerve...it's the fear that is going to get you hurt. The daredevils of the sport have no fear and therefore remain in control. It's when the fear grips you and you make that conscious or subconscious move to pause that throws you off the best line and therefore your best chance to pull it out.

If you're really frightened again...get some pads. knee/shin pads plus arm/elbow pads...they worked for some others...and when you crash...it's like you're Superman (or Superwoman)...no pain! :-)
Collies and GreyhoundsBreck
Apr 24, 2001 4:27 PM
To me they are not the same thing. I live on the north side of the Cuyamaca Mountains with the Borrego Desert a half hour east. Lots of opps for mountain biking and road riding, trail running and peak climbing.

So called "mountain" biking can be single track trails, fire roads, or desert jeep roads. The idea is more like extended trail hiking where you can cover 30 miles or so in a few hours. It can be at an easy relaxed pace or not. Admire the beauty of the forest, or that distant trail lake. You can pick out challenging sections of trail to try and clean it, or walk the bike over them. You can park the bike and grab a peak. You can bomb down the hill or descend more carefully. Solo or with a group. Race if you want. Speed is limited. A nice old fashioned Lassie style Collie dog that can cover a lot of rough trail with endurance to spare. Fun and playful.

To me Road Biking on the paved road, mountain or desert with a genuine road bike, is generally at a good pace. More constant effort and spinning; do not stop and smell the flowers, though you could I suppose. Hammer and Cycle (Syncros). Unless you're a tourist, you are always racing on the road bike, yourself or some tangible object such as your bud up ahead.. A machine made to be ridden fast and far. Sleek, trim, and responsive, a Greyhound of the road.

Keep a cool head and don't ride alone if you are prone to worry about your safety.

cheers
Give me dirt & rock over a speeding F-250 anytime!Largo
Apr 24, 2001 6:26 PM
Dirt good, pavement baaaaaaaaad!
re: has road biking spoiled me for mountain biking?JohnG
Apr 24, 2001 9:02 PM
Becky

I ride both ... but much more road lately. I've had some real scary moments on my MTB and I know what you mean! Hairball technical shuts can be fun but the brain reminds us of the consequences and therein lies the rub. No easy answer on this one.... perhaps just stay away from the crazy mt stuff while in the dirt.

The one good thing about road riding is that IMHO the usual suspects are much stronger and therefore you will likely build more speed/power the longer you stay "clean". However, MTB's require MUCH more handling skills (or at least a different type).... so mix em up and kick some arse!

good rides JohnG