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How many ride mtb?(28 posts)

How many ride mtb?mwood
Apr 25, 2002 5:46 PM
The recent thread on mtb gearing made it clear that some who frequent this board do ride mountain bikes and some are blissfully unaware as to the joys of off road riding. I just got off my mountain bike, great ride on some Mt. Diablo trails, some crazy single track, beautiful scenery...
Begs the question: Do YOU ride mtb?
Oh Yeah !!!quadzilla1
Apr 25, 2002 6:01 PM
It's a daily battle...MTB or road??? I love both. I live 10 minutes away from an area that was once rated in the top 10 areas in the entire country for mountain biking (Blue Marsh Lake in Reading,PA). I love the solitude of being in the woods alone with no traffic and no conversations...

I'm still retro with the MTB though...C'dale super V with 7 speed & 30 lbs!! But it's so reliable & outperforms any ability I have on single track! In contrast, I love the speed & handling of my OCLV with top-shelf components (Mektronic, Easton, Speed Dreams, etc). Hovers in the very low 16lb range. What a contrast!

I find if I'm really stressed or have a bad day, I lean towards the mountain bike for relief. For group rides, I much prefer the road!
Never! Blasphemy! Guard! Guard! Arrest this infidel dog!Ahimsa
Apr 25, 2002 6:17 PM
Nah. I'm afraid I do not ride MTB's.

Know why? No mountains 'round here.

If there were though....well.....I'd have yet more bikes, and probably be out on the trails with the rest of the chimps.

Good handling lessons to be learned out there on them sing-ul tray-ucks.


MTB Racing is the reason I ride a road bikeQuack
Apr 25, 2002 6:29 PM
I'm slowly becoming a hard-core roadie because of the need to train on a road bike for MTB racing. I can ride my road bike nearly everywhere my car used to take me. Plus, as the years pass by, the old spine is hurting for longer periods of time after the MTB races.

One upside to having technical training on a MTB is the ability to bunny hop bikes of guys that crash out in front of you during crits. Oh, and occasionally riding wheelies on your road racer can lighten up the mood of boring group rides.
Same here.Ron B
Apr 25, 2002 7:17 PM
I started riding road bikes to get in shape for the mountain bike racing season. Now I road ride a lot more than mountain bike but I still enjoy both. I will continue to race mountain bikes but won't do any road races other than maybe a time trial.
Add one more to the list (nm)mtber
Apr 26, 2002 7:13 AM
Apr 26, 2002 7:29 AM
absolutely, nothing like a stroll in the woods with the Jekyll..Jekyll
Apr 25, 2002 6:51 PM
Yeah, but...Crankist
Apr 25, 2002 7:58 PM
...mainly for bombin' around with the dogs in the woods. I really end up laughing my ass off flying through the air with all that barking and chasing and mad braking. Also an occasinal ride with the wifey (delicate flower) on paved trails. I still get a fair workout that way and have found that as a result of different posture I work different muscles in the legs. I like 'em but I just can't take Mtbs too damn seriously; they just feel so clumsy and well, inelegant!
Always a dilema....MrCrud
Apr 25, 2002 8:15 PM
do i take my MTB or the Road bike....always tears me apart, until i get a few miles in my legs and i stop thinking about that. But when i get back home, i feel bad for my other bike. Biking is biking is biking....

Happy Riding!!!

For lotsa' years...dsc
Apr 25, 2002 8:49 PM
more than 10, to be exact. I always promised myself that when I got a bit more free time (recently finished a degree program while working full-time - bleh) that I would get a road bike and start training for some long distance type riding - and I did. I spend much more time on the road now, but still enjoy both. The benefit is now I can hammer my dirt-only friends into the ground :) It's all good...

love em both!got2ryd
Apr 26, 2002 3:30 AM
riding in my eyes is enjoying being on two wheels, period! enjoy the road for the speed and the miles. enjoy the mtn for the drops off, roots and rocks. vermont offers miles of both. main thing is having fun and being fit.
re: How many ride mtb?nodima
Apr 26, 2002 4:16 AM
Absolutely. Like many, I only started road riding as a way to improve my MTB riding.

Every year, I go through several riding "phases". I will have a great MTB ride with some friends, so for the next couple of weeks that is all I ride. Then I get on the road and get jazzed up by the speed and performance of the road bike, and ignore the MTB for a couple of weeks. I love the first ride on the road bike after being on the MTB bike for several rides in a row (and vice versa). I find riding both is a great way for me to keep a fresh perspective on riding.

I'm a "BI"cyclist...biknben
Apr 26, 2002 4:22 AM
Started riding a road bike in HS. Got a mountain bike in college. While living at home I had trails all over the place. The road bike collected dust for a couple years.

I eventually moved out and away from all the good MTB trails. I now have to travel nearly an hour to get to good MTB trails.

I ride the road bike all week so that I can race the MTB on weekends. The two complement each other really well.
Count me in too...floatch
Apr 26, 2002 4:25 AM
Yep, nothing better than zipping down a nice dry trail on a summer morning. One of my favorite parts of MTB rides is that if you're riding alone, you never know what you'll come across in the woods. You can travel so fast, and so quietly... it's incredible. Anyone who describes MTBs as clumsy needs to work on their handling skills. Experienced MTB'ers almost always have pretty good bike handling skills. That's what I like about MTBs.
re: How many ride mtb?heloise
Apr 26, 2002 4:58 AM
I consider myself mainly a dirt-head. I now live an area where the road riding is great and the mountain biking only mediocre, so I find myself spending more time on the road.
There are days I crave dirt!
Apr 26, 2002 5:45 AM
I greatly enjoy riding MTB's. I rode MTBs for several years, but found that most of my mileage was on the pavement. So I then bought a road bike. I enjoy them equally. I have easy access to some incredible mountain biking on Mt St Helens. I also have great training trails at Battle Ground Lake state park right by my house and the foothills of the Cascades out my back yard.

My MTB has to pull double duty. It is my rain road bike with 1.25" slicks on one of my wheelsets. Since I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, it sees lots of road and commute use. The road bike only comes out for dry days.

I also find that skills developed mountain biking can be transferred to the road. You get strange looks hopping curbs and RR track on a road bike, but the ability to do those things have gotten me out of some potential bad spots in traffic.

Isn't road riding just for Training?K-Man
Apr 26, 2002 6:10 AM
No. Just for commuting. NMLowend
Apr 26, 2002 10:19 AM
Racing one this weekend. (nm)JS
Apr 26, 2002 7:14 AM
Apr 26, 2002 7:55 AM
And why not?
that's a better questiongtx
Apr 26, 2002 8:09 AM
I'd be curious to hear answers to that one. Mtb riding is a blast.
XC and DH (nm)BikinCO
Apr 26, 2002 8:09 AM
that's what got me started. now i do it maybe 6x per year. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 10:22 AM
re: How many ride mtb?Iseemo
Apr 26, 2002 1:49 PM
Absolutely. It's great for cross-training. I love riding on the road and I love riding through the woods. Usually choose the mtb if I have to ride by myself so I don't have to fight traffic.
Apr 26, 2002 5:38 PM
not any good off-road areas close (conveniently) by, plus my riding buds are all roadies; so I just put some slicks on it and ride it for a good workout....(Trek 8000; XTR; Mavic Cross-links & Vredestein slicks (100psi)....lots of fun for the hilly roads :))
waiting for a 20lb production ATB in my price rangecentury2
Apr 26, 2002 6:19 PM
I might ride a hardtail - if were light enough without being an insane price
Would like to but...mmquest
Apr 27, 2002 7:33 AM
the last time I did, well, lets just say that the last thing I remember was getting on the chair lift. NOT good, especially b/c it was four months before my wedding and I did not know who my fiance was for about 12 hours. Now I am not allowed to even look at a MTB...:(