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You roadies dont like us cuz...(10 posts)

You roadies dont like us cuz...dirtbag
Aug 14, 2001 4:36 AM
...WE can go anywhere YOU go but YOU can't go where WE go.
Smile on your brother.MB1
Aug 14, 2001 5:01 AM
Humma rides centuries on his cruiser with Miss M on her track bike that she also rides in the dirt (when she is not under water with her road bike). You can pretty much ride any bike anywhere, road bikes are slow in the dirt. Dirt bikes are slow on the road. A bike is a bike.

Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to love one another right now!
Ya got me battin my brain...dirtbag
Aug 14, 2001 5:21 AM
..who did that song? Late 60's I know but who?
Youngbloods....nmMB1
Aug 14, 2001 5:28 AM
the Youngbloods (nm)alex the engineer
Aug 14, 2001 5:28 AM
re: You roadies dont like us cuz...Miklos
Aug 14, 2001 6:11 AM
Dude, a lot of "us roadies" also have mtb's. There is no us-vs-them.

Miklos
"Let us all become one people of the wheel"--nmSTEELYeyed
Aug 14, 2001 6:27 AM
re: Can't we all just get along?Taylor_A
Aug 14, 2001 6:48 AM
I ride a road bike and a mountain bike. I love them both.

I don't see what the big deal is!!!!!
Are you out of your element?LC
Aug 14, 2001 4:53 PM
My duel susp MTB feels just as much out of its element on the road as my road bike feels on single track. It is so slow with the front and rear shocks absorbing the pedal strokes along with the 2.2 inch wide knobbies digging into the pavement. I also found out the hard way that a mountain bike can not corner worth a damn on wet pavement. I have seen plenty of MTB's go down in the parking lot just trying to go around a simple corner to get back to their car. I ride with both road and MTB bike clubs and it is interesting to see both sides of the fence.

Riding single track in the NW is a great experience. In the deep woods there are no cars to make noise and the concentration to ride over wet roots and fallen trees is intense. It takes a great deal of practice to be able to ride along a 6 inch wide trail through mud holes, rocks, and roots and all, but there is a real zen feeling when you get so every obsticle is no big deal and you are actually looking at the next obsticle instead of the one you doing now. But no matter how good you get there always that one big log or that big drop to keep you in your place and give you that rush. When we have to do a short distance on the road to get to more trails its not fun to have deal with the sudden noise of traffic, and the MTB's are so sluggish feeling along with the open space of the road compared to trees within inches of your head that it feels like you are not getting anywhere. On the road there is also no 3 ft drop-offs or anything to give you a good shot of adrenaline. If we have to do more than a mile on the road it really bums everyone out.

There is also nothing like the feeling of the road bike climbing up the big hills with your heart, lungs and legs all screaming at once along with the endorphines pumping through your veins. Then the big adrenaline rush as you fly down the hill, around the corner at 40 or 50 miles per hour as your eyes try to look through the stream of tears. The long flat sections are just as challenging as you ride within inches of the wheel to the front and back and sometimes shoulder to shoulder with the guy next to you. Then comes your turn to pull, and knowing that everyone behind you depends on your every little movement is a rush too.

If you have not tried either road or MTB, then you are missing out. I really feel that road bikes that don't do off-road would be better off with some MTB skills so they don't freak out when a pot hole or branch on the road come up suddenly. The biggest problem is usually when coming up to one little pot hole they are concentrating so hard on that one, they don't see the even bigger one just ahead.
...but half of you don't know left from right- NMfiltersweep
Aug 14, 2001 6:19 PM