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I'm a convert(14 posts)

I'm a converttremblay
Oct 7, 2002 5:19 PM
I converted to road riding, and I might never look back. Just last month I finally switched to road bikes, after doing all my road riding on a mountain bike. A year ago, when I first got my new mountain bike (after several years with no bike), I thought I would use it for exactly that, mountain biking, but it turned out I only went offroad five times, and I haven't been off the road since October last year. It seems the flame is gone. It's not the same as it was eight years ago. So, since last October, all my rides had been on pavement, and quite uncomfortably. So, when I realised I was obsessed with road bikes, I decided to make the switch.

Now, the big question is, do I sell the mountain bike? It's just sitting in my basement, not getting any use. It's such a shame because of all the new parts that are on it, such as forks, seat, seatpost, pedals, stem, handlebar. But, despite the money invested in the bike, I'm thinking I should get as much for it while I can so I can rationalise spending that money on my new bike. So, what do you all think, will I regret selling the mountain bike?
re: I'm a convertdesmo
Oct 7, 2002 5:50 PM
do you actually need the money or just need to "rationalize"? if the latter, keep the mtn. bike, you'll have something to ride in the wet and slush.
Keep it.Ahimsa
Oct 7, 2002 5:51 PM
Ride both.

The "new-ness" shine will wear off of road riding eventually and I think that variety is the spice of life.

Why limit yourself based on your current preference?

I have lotsa bikes (although oddly, no good MTB) and ride one for awhile and then get an itch to ride another.


It depends.Matno
Oct 7, 2002 5:59 PM
How nice is the mountain bike? Where do you live? I have found that mountain bike riding is more fun with other people, whereas I like road riding by myself. If I were you, I would keep the MTB if it's a nice one (I much prefer full-suspension - totally different from a road bike where a hardtail is practically the same as a road bike in my book). Then try to find someone to ride with on the trails. (Assuming you have good trails). That can make all the difference. After a couple years of hardly road riding at all (and doing a ton of fun MTBing) I moved to an area where (a) trails are not convenient, and (b) I don't have any MTB riding partners. All of a sudden my passion for road riding was rekindled, and I'm on the road most of the time. Doesn't mean I don't love mountain bikes. That's still probably my favorite thing to do, even if I don't have the desire to do it alone.

Bottom line: don't burn any bridges.
It depends.tremblay
Oct 7, 2002 7:00 PM
It's a midrange bike, with Deore components. It's a good frame, with great parts on it, but these bikes are a dime a dozen around here. I'd rather have a beater bike for rainy days or for commuting. This thing would get stolen if I locked it up in the city!

Anyway, there are great trails in my area (I live in British Columbia), but my friends aren't into it, and attempts to contact acquaintances who ride often have come up lame. The other thing is that I learned to hate transporting my bike to the trail head. I also don't really have the drive to hit the trails, and I don't think I ever actually did. I tried to convince myself i was into MTBing, when in reality I can't be bothered with it at all. I figure I can at least get something for it now while it's worth something, instead of flogging it later on when it's older and no one wants it.
I'd keep it, but it sounds like your mind is already made up! nmjtferraro
Oct 7, 2002 7:32 PM
I am the oppositebigrider
Oct 8, 2002 6:26 AM
I like to do both but spend the vast majority of my time on the road.

I think road group rides are much more social than MTB group rides. We talk and go down country roads usually no more than two across in case we need to get back in line.

Mountain biking with a group is usually single file and no socializing until someone wrecks or at the top of a hill when you are waiting for the last rider.

At any rate I agree with don't burn any bridges. Cold weather is coming and it is warmer in the woods.
Keep it....GreenFan
Oct 7, 2002 6:02 PM
What you'll probably get for it won't make selling it worthwhile, and in the meantime it will probably come in handy during Winter or just plain wet, cold, and nasty Spring or Fall days when mother nature just does NOT want to cooperate...or you just have an unexplainable craving to get muddy...
2nd the keep it.look271
Oct 7, 2002 6:09 PM
As they have said, you won't get much for it and after a while it may come in handy. I thought about doing just the same thing earlier this year. Glad I kept mine-I'm using it now as my commuter since my commuter is currently in a state of disrepair and now that it is getting cooler, it's nice for a change of pace.
re: I'm a convertBruno S
Oct 7, 2002 6:41 PM
Sell it. Mine has been in the basement for 2 years. The front tire must have at the most 45 miles on it (got replaced just before getting the road bike). The road bike has accumulated 10,000 miles.
I wish I had kept mineDougSloan
Oct 7, 2002 7:20 PM
Three years ago I went road only and sold my Airborne Lucky Strike built up to 21 pounds total. It climbed incredibly. I wish I had kept it just for a change of pace now and then. I really yearn for the opportunity to climb to Shuteye Peak again...

re: I'm a convertGregJ
Oct 7, 2002 7:59 PM
I've always been a roadie. I dabbled in MTB for about 6 months a few years ago. I bought a used bike from a friend, rode it on the trails 3-4 times and each time I thought I would actually be enjoying myself more if I was simply hiking. Which is what I have done since I sold the MTB for what I paid for it. Last winter, I bought some X-C skis. Now that is something I can appreciate. I say don't hold onto depreciating assets that you aren't using, sell it.
re: I'm a converttremblay
Oct 7, 2002 9:29 PM
Yes, that's my sort of thinking.

And for me too, when I go out to the woods, it's either for a hike, or for rock climbing. How's that for cross training? The legs are strong, but the arms are weak! They are getting stronger though.

I'll be waiting for the "I told you so's" in the not too distant future, haha. Watch me start dating a woman with an MTB but no road bike. It all happens this way.
Hah - you KNOW you'll start dating a mtb girl! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Oct 8, 2002 5:34 AM