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Roadie fussiness(7 posts)

Roadie fussinessvelocity
Aug 21, 2002 5:56 AM
When I rode low-tech low-maintenance mountain bikes, I never worried too much about my bike. Made sure chain was reasonably clean and lubed, tires inflated, and off I went.

Now a full-fledged roadie, I'm always worrying about this and that. Tuning the shifting, making sure the bike is perfectly clean, tires are perfectly inflated. Covet clothes, gear, bikes...

How many of you went from carefree mtbers to high maintenance roadie fussiness?
Still have my mountainbike shagginess. Happily. (nm)Sintesi
Aug 21, 2002 6:07 AM
Still a slacker!ScottH
Aug 21, 2002 6:11 AM
Much to my fellow roadie friends dismay, I am still a mountain biker slacker when it come to bike maintenance and cleaning. My almost brand net LiteSpeed Tuscany is already covered in a nice film of sweat, grease and road grime. My mtb got it's first wash in almost a year recently because I had to take it in to a shop. I had 2 6 hour races, a 12 hour race, a 24 hour race, a dirty duathlon and an XC race on it since the last wash.

But I do find myself being self conscience about my Camel back more lately and I have even been daydreaming about shaving my legs..maybe there's hope after all.
what are you saying about mtn bikers?k2biker
Aug 21, 2002 6:32 AM
Let me say this, I take better care of my mtn bike than I do my road ride. The mtn bike takes more of a beating thus requiring more TLC. I have several hundred miles on the road bike including a few rain rides since the last wash. The mtn bike? Gets a bath bi-weekly. Gets new lube after each ride. Gets overhauled every winter. This is why it's a '98 that rides like an '02!

I am getting into this road biking thing but I will always be a mtn biker at heart!

On another note, is it me or are more cyclists getting nailed by motorists right now? It's like an epidemic and a bad one at that. Be careful friends.

re: Roadie fussinessgs6769
Aug 21, 2002 6:27 AM
I'm not compulsive about cleaning, but I do keep up on it. IMO, the effects tuning and basic maintenance are more noticeable with road bikes than MTBs. A slight change in shifting efficiency or a neglected drivetrain will be more apparent on your favorite stretch of smooth pavement than on muddy singletrack. I think it's also just a whole lot easier to clean a drivetrain and frame that have the usual city/road grime than ones that have been through the back of beyond a few times.
re: Roadie fussinesshallcd7
Aug 21, 2002 9:01 AM
I spend far more time cleaning my mtn bike than the road ride, since it gets most of the grime and grit. Also spend more time adjusting on the mtn ride, since thats my first love. As i get more exerience on the road, i am paying more attention to tweaking on that bike. I also tend to "dress" a bit better for road rides. It just feels better on the trail to be unshaven and unkempt in appearance :).
Totally Opposite!grzy
Aug 21, 2002 2:09 PM
The MTB is the one that needs all the attention while the road bike can go for a long time without any work. Don't get me wrong I ride them both long and hard, but this takes it's toll on the MTB a lot sooner. The thing is constantly getting thrashed, thrown down trails and suffering all sorts of indignities - and we don't even see much in the way of mud out here for most of the year in NorCal. Both bikes are pretty high end so it's not a question of fragile vs. cast iron components.

I guess I find roadies that constantly primp their bikes to be a bit on the anal compulsive side. Just ride hard, constantly thrill seek, party, and live life to it's fullest - then there's not a lot of time left over to fuss over your bike with Q-tips. BTW - the wife-unit (aka White Tornado) is the neat freak, while my code names are things like Black Tornado, Mr. Piggy, and You B@stard! I'm the kid that intenionally rides through puddles instead of around them and anything that I wear that's white is dirty within ten minutes. Don't get me wrong - my road bike always looks good, but I don't lose any sleep over it.