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slicks for MTB, etc (kind of long)(5 posts)

slicks for MTB, etc (kind of long)Jekyll
Jul 28, 2002 1:29 PM
I am trying to get my girlfriend to do a few beginner road rides with our club. She currently has a pretty decent MTB (a 2 year old Trek 6000 WSD which I converted to 9sp and front disk).
I want to make things as easy as possible for her on the beginners ride (10-12mph posted speed). I don't want to buy her a road bike until I see that she sticks with it. She has been hit or miss on MTB for the last 3 years. She rides rails-to-trails with me keeping about a 12-13mph pace for 20 miles - but the trails are as flat as a pancake.
She currently has semi-slicks on her bike and I think that a set of "real" slicks intended for pavement riding would be a little faster, helping with her confidence - any one have a suggestion for a set of good slicks?
Also, I am serious about getting her a road bike if she sticks with it. She's around 5'1" which makes frame selection pretty slim. She's also not overly "leggy" so stand over will be an issue. I know an inseam measurement would be helpful but is currently unavailable (I don't want her to feel pressured as I'm sure she would if started measuring her up for a road bike). I do want to stick to 700c wheels. Any suggestions on a frame? (I'm thinking that with my parts box, my spare set of wheels, and $350 for 105 group I could get her off and rolling for well under a grand - which obviously puts a damper on prospective frame choices)
Anyway, I'm trying to do this as pressure free as possible because I would love to get her off the rails to trails and on to the road with me. I don't want to do anything to turn her off before she gets started...
re: slicks for MTB, etc (kind of long)szybki
Jul 28, 2002 2:21 PM
At 10-12 MPH she should be okay with the MTB (IMO). Just get "real" slicks, Conti makes the Grand Prix tires in the 26x1" size and I have had really good luck with them. The good tires will ride much better on the road than the semi slicks. Last year I converted my old MTB (no suspension) into a cross bike, used my old Ultegra\105 components, makes a great townie or commuter bike, really rugged. There's a pretty good article here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/2001/roadie_mtb.shtml
I would hold off on the road bike thing until she expresses an interest, don't force it on her, just be a waste of time and money, and she (and you) will end up frustrated and angry (I speak from personal experience here). Good luck.
road bikefiltersweep
Jul 28, 2002 3:14 PM
My wife has hinted that she wants a road bike... I ended up buying a... how do I describe it... something between a mtn bike and a "comfort bike" (though I cringe at those words) to be able to ride with her once in awhile. When we first went out, I wasn't sure if my heartrate even moved up a notch, but she has been riding almost daily, and we went on a three hour ride today (which was a perfect recovery ride for me after hitting some major hills yesterday) and she kept a much faster pace (which she sets when we ride together) than she ever has.

The odd thing is, I can't even mention a road bike without there being an argument... so I've learned that she needs to take the lead in this department. It helped that we saw a ton of roadies today, and we were on a trail while they were on the road.... and I think that seeing the wide variety of people helped (rather than just crazy me).

Zero pressure is the key here. I'm guessing if your girlfriend rides mtn bike with a bunch of road bikers, she will see first hand the benefits to a road bike. My wife has taken it one step at a time- at first, she believed road tires are too skinny. Now she is afraid of clipless pedals. I think it really is an evolution of attitudes.

My next concern will be explaining why I need a $2500 ride if she is on a starter bike... or rather, why she shouldn't start out with a higher end bike. Just be careful what you wish for!
re: slicks for MTB, etc (kind of long)gerwerken
Jul 28, 2002 7:22 PM
I have been looking for a road bike in the $1000 to $1500 price range for about 2 months now with almost no luck. The problem with me is very short stand over height, as it probably will be with your girlfriend. If she doesn't mind the god awful paint jobs (personal preferance, please don't flame me) on most of the compact frames then that is where most of the shorties are heading. There is also an increaseing selection of women's bikes with shorter standover heights; however, I can't think of any that are sold as frame only.

As for pushing her, don't. My (read) EX-boyfriend took me to bike shops every weekend when I started looking for a MTB, put catalogues all over my apartment and otherwise harrassed me about getting a bike. Once I got one he forced me to ride with him on trails I was not ready for, and really turned me off of the sport for a while.

Since we broke up I started riding again and I love it. I've worked at a bike shop. I ride more often and have expanded where I ride.

If you know any women that ride you may want to introduce her to them. Not necessarily to ride with them (yet), just to met some riders more like her. Newbies would be good too.
Go for it!Tim Field
Jul 29, 2002 2:40 AM
I lent my sister my road bike whilst I road my Jekyll MTB, she's unfit and basically save a few hills she was doing a great pace. Same with me after switching to a road bike I'm much much faster, it'll give your gf a huge boost of confindence. Get a computer too, then you can see yourself improving and it gives more incentive to go faster.

Just my thoughts, Tim