|MTB as Commuter Bike||bent_spoke|
Jan 2, 2004 7:36 AM
|I'm thinking about commuting to my new job. I was thinking of an MTB as I want to save my road bike, I don't a MTB & would like to try some off road stuff too. Having ridden my brother's crappy MTB, I was concerned that this might be alot of work, especially since this ride is 20mi each way on the road. I'm hoping that $500 on a used MTB would get me something reasonable. Any thoughts on how I can make this work & things to avoid? Thanks!!|
Jan 2, 2004 8:06 AM
|I have a 17 mile commute that did for a while with a mountain bike. The biggest thing of course it get yourself some slicks (narrower vs the big "ballon tires" is better IMHO). Fenders are a huge plus and if you rig up a rack for panniers even better.
I ended up buying and building a cross frame in the end to get more typical road gearing (wanted a larger chainring). As it turns out, I rarely shift out of the middle ring. I've got one very short, very steep section that I drop into the small ring for and a couple of decents that I occasionally use the big ring. YMMV - mountain bike gearing may not be an issue. I think I ended up making it more of an issue than it really was.
Go for it,
|What size slicks work best....tks! [nm||bent_spoke|
Jan 2, 2004 11:39 AM
|Many to choose; I use Ritchey Tom Slicks 26x1.0; 100 psi (nm)||hrv|
Jan 2, 2004 12:43 PM
|Many to choose;||russw19|
Jan 2, 2004 3:31 PM
|I have a pair of Hutchinson 26x1" tires that will run 120psi but had terrible luck with them. I am a bigger guy and was flatting the rear wheel all the time. I switched to a pair of Tioga 26x1.5" slicks and haven't had a flat since. Specialized makes a 1.25 tire as does Avocet. I would say on the road, either those or the 1.5" will be fine. You can still run them up around 80 pounds and they will feel solid on the road.
|Panaracer Pasela's work for me||B2|
Jan 2, 2004 4:12 PM
|Panaracer Pasela 26x1.25 Steel Bead (TR2010)
Jan 2, 2004 8:29 AM
|I used to use a mtb to commute. Put slicks on it and you'll find you go almost as fast as you do on a road bike. If you plan on doing a fair share of off-road riding you may want to mount semi-slicks or have a spare set of knobbies for that purpose.
Another option is to build up a durable budget roadie or cyclocross bike. Currently I use a funky old French road frame with old Shimano 600 components as my commuter/errand bike. I also often use it for training rides before &/or after work and as my trusty rain/nasty weather steed.
|No problem.||KG 361|
Jan 2, 2004 10:49 AM
|As the other posters mentioned, get slicks for it. If you are looking for a used mtb, find one with minimal suspension; full suspension on the road is a total waste. You should be able to find a used (or even new) hard-tail for $500.|
|re: MTB as Commuter Bike||Kary|
Jan 2, 2004 7:48 PM
|I've been doing it for the last 14 years. I run 1.4 inch slicks on it. A little slower than the narower tires but I have never had a flat with them.
I have full fenders and a rear rack. Throw panniers on the rack with my clothes andshower at work. When I ride my road bike in it is a little faster but I actually like using my mountain bike for the commute. It is an older High end Mountain bike that is pre suspension. It actually is pretty light and ultra reliable.
|Did 9 mile...||peter1|
Jan 2, 2004 10:30 PM
|...commute on an mtb for a year and a half. At the time (1995) it was my only bike. I raced on it, rode it to work, rode the trails, rode the roads, you name it. Only thing for commuting, if you ride congested roads I'd recommend a more upright riding position that will allow you to see without craning your neck. The tops and covers of a road bar are good for that, an mtb flat bar and 0 deg. stem, not so good.
For $500, I've got a used Stumpjumper...
|Thanks...I appreciate the help...now to find a ride [nm||bent_spoke|
Jan 3, 2004 8:52 AM