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MTB as Commuter Bike(11 posts)

MTB as Commuter Bikebent_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!!
Works fineB2
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! [nmbent_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 meB2
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 BikeKary
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 to find a ride [nmbent_spoke
Jan 3, 2004 8:52 AM