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Does bike matter?(6 posts)

Does bike matter?aznmusicboi
Jan 10, 2004 5:37 PM
Im trying to get my brother to buy me a bike and he says just use my mountian bike. But road bikes are diffrent arent they? He says that they are the same. but i dont think so. help me, Does it matter if i use a road bike or amountian bike for a 150 mi race?
For All Intents and Purposes...Indurain 03
Jan 10, 2004 6:22 PM
Yes, the bike does matter. If you are semi-serious about riding on the road; I would suggest that you buy a road bike. Mountain bikes are much heavier than road bikes in order to handle the great amounts of stress the receive off-road. This applies to the rest of the bike as well. The tires are also knobby and pale in comparison in terms of rolling resistance to a road tire. In a 150 mile race; you would be much happier on a road bike.
Good Luck.
re: Does bike matter?beatenleader1
Jan 11, 2004 4:04 AM
Im not trying to rain on your parade, however if you have never raced in a road race before a 150 mile event might just be a little much for the first time!? Have you ever ridden a century just for fun without racing? It seems to me that might be your first step. Just my two cents worth.
There's nothing like a road bike.Spoke Wrench
Jan 11, 2004 5:32 AM
I assume you're planning to do the MS150 or something like that. Lots of people ride it on mountain bikes but a road bike would be lots better. Here's why:

Besides being heavier, a mountain bike will have soft, knobby tires. Everytime one of those knobs hits the pavement it actually raises the bike up a tiny amount. The end result is higher rolling resistance because you are in effect, riding uphill all day.

Even if you replaced the tires with slicks, you'll still be at a big disadvantage. Once you get over about 12MPH, almost all of your energy is being used to overcome wind resistance. A mountain bike's upright riding position makes your body into a parachute holding you back. Improving the efficiency of your position on your bicycle is by far the single most effective thing you can do if you want to go faster.

Finally, try this. Pick the most comfortable chair in your house. Settle in. Now try to maintain that exact same position without moving for 30 minutes. See what I mean? A bicycle saddle - ANY bicycle saddle - will be less comfortable than that. The curvy handlebar on a road bike lets you move around into some different positions through the course of the ride.

If you were going to drive from coast to coast you could certainly do it in a jeep but I'd definitely prefer to do it in a sports car.
Your brother buying it?Continental
Jan 11, 2004 10:45 AM
Save your money and buy a used road bike for less than $200. You don't need STI, a 20 lb bike, or top of the line components to ride 150 miles. I rode 150 miles on a 1974 Schwinn Continental. You can buy one of these for about $50. You can earn $50 by mowing yards, shoveling snow, raking leaves, washuing windows. Get of your lazy butt and get to work.
re: Does bike matter?mapei boy
Jan 12, 2004 5:31 PM
A decent road bike is so much faster and easier to pedal than a mountain bike, it almost makes you laugh out loud. Zoom!!!