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Starting Road biking after years of off road biking(4 posts)

Starting Road biking after years of off road bikingAshley
Jul 11, 2001 11:12 AM
I have been riding Mountain bikes for about 5 years now, and never touching a road bike. Well, because of fitness and convenience issues, I want to start riding a road bike. I have actually picked out one, but not purchased yet. I want to know what kind of differences besides the obvious pavement versus dirt issue can I expect to find? How can I better prepare myself to make the transition?
re: Starting Road biking after years of off road bikingLardog
Jul 11, 2001 11:32 AM
Well, you can look at this in two ways. 1. It's still riding a bike, therefore, any transition will be small issues 2. You can treat every little issue as major.

Assuming you're a skilled rider, you'll still be on a bike. You'll be on a stiffer frame and more bent over depending upon how aggressive you go with your rig. You'll change tubes more often. Bikes are generally cheaper, depending upon what you came from and what you're going to be riding. If you'll buy a Palmares with R10 and Cane Creeks' well, then not necessarily so.

What you'll find is a different type of danger. Cars versus wiping out on a steep hill of sharp rocks. Same level of danger depending upon how hard core you were.

Good luck and have fun. I made the same transition about 7/8 years ago.

If you're not a skilled rider, well it'll be tougher. I've ridden with Tinker on the road, the type of riding you do doesn't matter one bit if you're a very skilled rider. He'd do very well in road races.
turn off your brainmustapha
Jul 11, 2001 7:28 PM
once you've mastered singletrack, you will find a large portion of your brain sitting idle when pedaling pavement; and you'll probably find yourself riding in the dirt alongside the road just to get the synapses firing. And motorists aren't near as interesting, or as friendly, as deer and elk.
the first 100 miles are the worst...gromit
Jul 12, 2001 3:46 AM
after that you should be comfortable with the handling of a road bike and the gearing.
You will adapt to going really fast, going a long way, pushing bigger gears, cars busses and trucks, pedalling downhill, and not stopping every five minutes to chat about the gnarly sections.
You will notice your fitness being challenged, on a mtb the terrain often governs your speed, not so on the road, if you are slow, its your legs to blame.
Also you will notice just how relaxing it can be slogging up a hill, not worrying if the back wheel will break away, or if the next root will halt your climb or thinking about any other of the things that make off-road riding interesting.
Finally you should notice your mtbing improving because of your fitness.