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MTB on the Road!(12 posts)

MTB on the Road!retbchboy
Aug 19, 2003 9:46 AM
I am interested in buying a road bike to use when I can't get to the trail head. For now I want to see if I would like it, so I'm thinking on taking my MTB on the road. I live in the mountains of NC and there aren't to many flats here. What do I need to know about a MTB on the Road?
More air in tires (I run with 35 lbs) etc?

Please Help

Thanks!
re: MTB on the Road!gf99
Aug 19, 2003 10:12 AM
I started road riding the same way. Get slicks or semi-slicks and run a high pressure (but don't exceed the max for the tire). Lock out your suspension if you can.

The main thing to think about is that on the road you're going to be in the saddle almost all the time and won't be moving around as much. That means:
1) Bar ends will give you more choices of riding position when one gets uncomfortable.
2) Lycra, not baggies. That extra material between your legs with baggies gets real uncomfortable after a while.
3) Bottles vs camelback. I find camelback gets very annoying after a while although I don't even notice it when mountain biking. Some people don't mind it though.

Have fun.
re: MTB on the Road!retbchboy
Aug 19, 2003 10:28 AM
EEK!!! Lycra?
That in itself might be enough to discourage this!
Take the plungenewridr
Aug 19, 2003 10:40 AM
I was an MTBer myself. I finally bought a road bike a few months ago for the very same reasons as you. I can say that I love the road as much as the trails now, but in a different way.

As for the lycra, I was also a baggy shorts only guy. If you really want to do some long rides and be comfortable, go for the lycra. It's also more aero and won't balloon out as your cruising down the road at 25 or 30 mph (which looks even more dorky than lycra).
No Problem --Gregory Taylor
Aug 19, 2003 11:32 AM
The big thing is tires. If you have a spare wheelset, snag some skinny, high pressure 26 inch slicks, and slap them on. Panaracer makes a killer street tire (the Pasaela) in a 26 inch size. I have a set in the 26 X 1.25 size -- they work well. They take about 90 lbs. of pressure.

You should try out a for-real road bike at some point. Doing the MTB thing on the road can be fun, but a dedicated road bike is sooooo much better. Go to a bike shop and try one out.

Other than that, have fun with it. No, you don't have to wear lycra. It is more comfortable, however. We won't tell your dirt riding buddies...
Be carefulTWD
Aug 19, 2003 11:56 AM
Riding a moutnain bike on the road with slicks works just fine. It will be way faster than knobbies.

However, the first time you throw a leg over the top tube of a road bike and take it for a spin, you will never want to ride that MTB on the road again.

Beware, don't do a test ride unless you've got the cash to buy that new road bike :-)
Be carefulretbchboy
Aug 19, 2003 12:23 PM
I can imagine myself buying a road bike soon!
I CANNOT imagine myself giving up MTB!!!
I live near Pisgah and it's heaven, especially for a retired Surfer like me.

Thanks for your great responses!
Be carefulnewridr
Aug 19, 2003 1:24 PM
No, I doubt you'll give up mtbing either. I didn't. But mt bikes are like jeeps - lots of fun for the rough trails, but give me a ferrari for the roads!

If you like riding in general, you'll probably love the speed and number of miles you can rack up on a roadie. I would look for a club in your area that does organized rides during the week. I did and it's been a blast. Good people, good rides.
Don't give up the MTB!Gregory Taylor
Aug 19, 2003 1:37 PM
The two complement each other very well. MTB'ers usually have great bike handling skills, a mental focus that allows them to process and react quickly to information about their environment, and smooth power production that translates well on the road. Your MTB'ing will benefit from the killer aerobic workout, the finesse that it takes to really get the most from a road bike, and the tons of saddle time that roadies can rack up.
Never give up the MTBTWD
Aug 19, 2003 2:34 PM
No need to give up riding the MTB. If you get a road bike, you most definitely will no longer enjoy riding the MTB on pavement though. Before I got my first road bike about a decade ago, I used to do several solo centuries every spring on my MTB, most of the time with knobbies on. It got me in shape for MTB racing fairly well, but the first time I hopped on a road bike and felt how smooth and efficient it was, I have never enjoyed riding my MTB on pavement.

I like that Jeep vs. Ferrari analogy. Road riding is every bit as fun and challenging as mountain biking but in completely different ways. If you think one is harder than the other, then you aren't pushing yourself hard enough.
I always have to laugh at people on RBR who make negative remarks about mountian biking, and likewise those on MTBR who make similar comments about road biking. They just don't get it.

To me, a true cyclists is someone who enjoys riding and/or racing just about anything with two wheels on road or off. I haven't gotten into this off-road unicyling thing......I guess I'll stick to two wheels.
Check out http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org nmgf99
Aug 19, 2003 4:06 PM
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Might invest in slicks if you road ride enough ...Humma Hah
Aug 19, 2003 3:41 PM
Slicks or semislicks will take the buzz out. Knobbies get annoying, and have somewhat higher drag, a factor on long rides. And pump 'em up. They can certainly stand 45 psi safely, probably more.

If you pick smaller sizes of 26" tire, like maybe 26x1.25, your down to a size that can easily stand maybe 60 psi or higher. The rolling resistance will be noticably lower than knobbies ... I'd guess you'd pick up about 1 to 1.5 mph.

Some roads, in bad shape, are probably better on a MTB than a roadbike.

You could do a century on a MTB with no problem.